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Travelling with a newborn baby

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Travelling with a newborn baby

I am travelling to Cape Town for 1 week in April with my partner (who has a disability - walks with a cane) and our 4 month old baby. We are looking for a beachside area of Cape Town that is not too hilly and is safe to venture out in the evening for dinner. Is Sea Point very hilly, or are there parts that are flatter?

Also, is a hire car essential for travelling with a newborn? Or do taxis in Cape Town provide baby car seats? Are buses baby stroller friendly?

This is our first overseas trip since becoming parents so any suggestions to assist travelling with a newborn in Cape Town are most welcome. Thanks.

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1. Re: Travelling with a newborn baby

I suggest that you hire a car. I would definitly not take my baby on a public bus in CT! ! Especialy if you want to see areas outside the city eg Stellenboch/Hout Bay/Hermanus. Get a good map and drive yourself. There is too much to see and our public transport system is not so save and convenient!! I would also not stay in Sea Point. A much safer and nice area is Table view/Gordons Bay/Blaauwberg Strand (a quick drive outside CT, but safer and beautiful!!!)Get a hotel with a view of Table Mountain. )If you prefer something more central, rather try Holiday Inn CT/any Protea Hotel is fine in the area, Cullinan Hotel or any hotel in the Waterfront if your budget allows. Villa Via near the Waterfront is also very nice, near prominade for long wsalks. If you come to CT, a visit to the Garden Route is is must. Take a few extra day and see Hartenbos, Knysna, Tsitsikamma, George, Plettenberg bay. This is breathtaking. Drive yourself (very easy) or take a tour. This is a must. So is Stellenbosch/Cape Point/Chapman's Peak/Table Mountain/Robben Isaland!!

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2. Re: Travelling with a newborn baby

Apart from the waterfront and some of the centre, Cape Town is not flat. It is built around several mountains and hills.

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3. Re: Travelling with a newborn baby

I would suggest Noordhoek. Its a bit out of Cape Town (30 min drive to the centre), but its got a great flat beach and beautiful views. Its also easy to access Simonstown, Fishoek and Hout Bay from there which has lots of restaurants? Its also more peaceful than the hot tourist spots. You would definitely need a car however.

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4. Re: Travelling with a newborn baby

Congrats on your new baby. I assure you that travelling with a baby is easier the younger they are!!

Re. transport - definitely go for the hirecar option. It is by far the safest way to travel around CT.

I wouldn't advise Sea Point as an ideal place to stay for venturing out in the evening. If your budget runs to it, rather try the V&A hotels or somewhere close to the beachfront in Camps Bay. Hout Bay is another option.

All the supermarkets sell basic the sort of baby stuff you will need on holiday and we have a store called Baby City which specialises in baby stuff too (Green Point, Tygervalley). I've also seen these people advertising baby goods for holiday rentals tho have no idea if they're any good:

www.tinytourists.com/site/106/page/view/

HTH