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Cape Town Itinerary

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Cape Town Itinerary

Hi All

Am going to be in Cape Town from the 1st to the 6th of July and am really looking forward to it!

Am attaching a rough itinerary of some of the things I am planning to do. Would appreciate any other suggestions/advise!

We are staying at the City Lodge V&A

Day 1: Arrive Cape Town: 12:00 in the afternoon

Possibly go to Table Mountain(weather permitting), Dinner at Africa Cafe

Day 2: Lunch at La Colombe coupled with a drive and tastings through the Constantia Wine Trail

Day 3: Match Day. Soak in the atmosphere, probably grab a couple of early drinks at the waterfront before watching the match! (Are there going to be any designated fan areas before/after the match?)

Day 4: Robben Island and Two Ocean's Aquarium (will swap the aquarium with the Table Mountains depending on the weather)

Day 5: Visit the fishing villagesa and beaches on the way to Cape Point. Drive around that area taking in Chapman's Peak etc

Day 6: Relax , maybe visit the Table Mountain again or spend the day shopping at the Waterfront

Any other recommendations from the experts? We are really fond of good food and wine so any recommendations for the trip or suggested changes to the plan will be appreciated!!

Thanks so much

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1. Re: Cape Town Itinerary

If you are really fond of good food and wine, then skip Africa Cafe. Rather go to Jardine in Bree Street, the chef there at the moment is producing outstanding food. Alternatively consider Bizerca Bistro.

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2. Re: Cape Town Itinerary

Thanks for you advise macsym. I have also been reading some of your other posts and they have been really useful. Just one question. I was thinking of just walking back from these places to the hotel after dinner ? (It is only about a mile and seems largely in the tourist area anyway). Is it better to take cabs or is Cape Town a pedestrian friendly city?

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3. Re: Cape Town Itinerary

During the World Cup the whole of the central area between the Grand Parade Fan Fest, near the Castle, to the Stadium in Green Point, will be extremely Pedestrian Friendly. This is the designated Fan Mile which is fully pedestrianised with new pedestrian bridges crossing the main roads.

The Waterfront City Lodge is bang at the centre of the Fan Mile!

During the World Cup the whole of this central area will have thousands of fans enjoying themselves. It will probably be one of the safest places around to enjoy yourself. A huge number of extra police and security offiicials in the area - plus British, German and Dutch police to keep their eye out that their fans do not get out of control! I'm not sure about American supportesrs though!

Bizerca is very close. About five mins walk - just across from the Conference Centre, which is the big indoor party venue, operating until 3am every night during the WC. Other close by places worth looking at include Il Leone, an excellent Italian family place, Beluga - a favourite with the trendy media set and Savoy Cabbage which is a very consistent Cape Town CBD favoutite. All within a few minutes walk. The new Cape Quarter Centre is also a few minutes walk and that has many cafes and restaurants and has open air piazzas where there will be bands, discos and a big party every night. The restaurants there, although again trendy, aren't quite so good. Although macsym lives just around the corner!

Then I think that unlike some visitors itineraries yours looks very relaxed for 6 nights in Cape Town. Actually maybe you could do a bit more! You have a lot of time around the city - half of Day 1, half of Day 2, Days 3 & 4, and Day 6. You are absolutely right to keep things flexible to accommodate the weather. But then you say you are really fond of good food and wine.

You plan to go to Constantia which is lovely - but the main Cape Winelands start just 30 mins drive from the city. Called "The World's Most Beautiful Wine Country", even in winter it lives up to that description. And there are more than 300 wine estates where you can visit and taste the wines, withing two hours or so of Cape Town. Together with the lovely historic University town of Stellenbosch, which is worth a few hours of anyone's time. Only 40 mins from the city. So I would concentrate some of your city days together and fit in a day into the winelands. For days 2 and 5 plus the winelands day you will need a car. my recommendation is that you should have a rental car for the whole time you are here. Especially in the winter it gives you much greater flexibility. The City Lodge has a large, secure, free car park so you don't have a problem mixing using the car and walking.

You can then also visit some of the areas close in to the city such as Camps Bay and the Cape Riviera (10 mins drive) and Kirstenbosch Gardens (one of the world's best and most spectacular botanic gardens - another 10-15 mins).

Anyway a few ideas. You will have a great time!

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4. Re: Cape Town Itinerary

Thanks for your suggestions Van_de_Caab. You are right... maybe we can just see the near by city attractions on the days in between and go see Stellenbosch on Day 4!

I appreciate all your wonderful ideas

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