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Waterkant, Green Point or Waterfront area?

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Waterkant, Green Point or Waterfront area?

Which area would be best to stay in Waterkant, Green Point or Waterfront? .We will be in Capetown for 8 days at the beginning of June. We are in our 60's and don't plan on having a car. We have several tours planned to the wine country and the Cape. We would like to stay around cafes and shopping, although not sure if it will be too cold to sit outside in June. We heard CampBay was nice. We think the Waterfront might be really touristy?? Are their views in Waterkant or Green Point? Thanks.

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1. Re: Waterkant, Green Point or Waterfront area?

Hi there

De Waterkant and Green Point are right next to each other. Within walking distance at least. I would suggest De Waterkant though, easy to get a round, close to the City Center, close to the Waterfront as well and also shopping centers. All of these mentioned above are within walking distance and further away, taxi's are easy to get.

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Hank - Owner - Ulungele Tours

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3. Re: Waterkant, Green Point or Waterfront area?

The Waterfront is a great place to walk around, lots of restaurants, masses of shops, an aquarium, museums etc. It may be a bit touristy but we love it and often go down there in the evenings when we stay in Cape Town.

Camps Bay is beautiful. The beach is amazing and there are lots of good restaurants. Parking can be a bit of a problem in summer but probably easier when you are going?

I'm sure you will love the winelands. The scenery is spectacular and every wine estate (bar one) that we have visited, was fantastic.

We love the USA and have been there nearly 50 times but we now rate South Africa as our number one holiday destination.

Hope you have a great visit.

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Hi there

The Waterfront is a very central area but with a massive amount of noise though. The Waterfront Hotel is central but there are certain rooms that are located next to the road and with all the cars driving up and down and hooting with the taxi's too, which will become a problem afterwards. Other options will then be the Portswood Hotel, Commodore Hotel, and also Cape Grace but which are all 5star accommodation and highly priced.

Best Regards

Hank - Owner - Ulungele Tours

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Thank you for all of your replies! It looks like the consensus is Waterfront or De Waterkant. Queen Victoria is a bit pricey for us. Any other recommendations for an apt or hotel more reasonably priced in this area? It would be nice if it also had a view of the sea or Table Mountain.

How much is a cab from the airport to the hotels located here? Recommendations for tour companies to the Wine Country and the Cape of Good Hope? How much should these trips cost? We are reconsidering a car but worried about safety issues. We also heard June is not a good time of year to drive the Garden Route. Any thoughts on doing it in June? Thanks again.

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I love de Waterkant. It has such a nice vibe to it and nice to walk around. Only a 15 minute walk to the waterfront or 5 minutes in a taxi

There are lots of houses / apartments to rent. Have a look at www.africaneliteproperties.com

www.dewaterkantcottages.com

www.villageandlife.com

The apartments Hank mentions are mid way between de waterkant and the waterfront

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Hi there

Airport Transfers should not cost you more than R300.00 for 2people one way from the Airport to the Waterfront. The Garden Route is all year round the best place to visit no doubt about that. You do not need to worry about security for driving, it is easy and very straight forward. For tours to the Wine lands and the Peninsula, it goes at the price of R690.00p.p. including entrance fees to certain places and then you will have the comfort of enjoying the views and the information that the tour guide will feed you. I also support Lisa's suggestion for the places for accommodation and i am a big fan of Village and Life.

Best Regards

Hank - Owner - Ulungele Tours

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Everyone has been so helpful!

Unfortunately we had to cancel our safari in Kenya because of all the problems and state dept warnings! The company we booked with could not find another safari unless we paid three times what we paid for the one in Kenya and that is in addition to the money we already gave him! He dragged his feet for several weeks and now we are trying to plan everything ourselves. We are very upset because we planned this back in the fall and have been looking forward to going! I am looking at airlines to Cape Town through London. Our son is in the army in Germany and we are doing a stop-over in London so we could meet up with him and our daughter-in-law in Europe and than we were going to go to Cape Town. We had tied the Africa trip with a visit with them. We planned to fly back to the US from Cape Town.

Any suggestion on discounted flights from the US to London and then on to Cape Town. Also any suggestions for car rentals. Should we do it from home like we normally would or wait until we get there? Hank has given us good suggestions on tours. How long should it take us to drive from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth? Suggestions for accommodations on the way there? What about safaris moderately priced for several days on the way or around Port Elizabeth.? Thanks for any help you can give us.

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Hi there

Have a look at this website and play around with the prices and Airlines, www.travelstart.co.za . They will give you a range of flight options that will fit your budget. Now for the drive from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, is a direct drive and about 8-9hours long. You can brake it up with stop overs in Oudtshoorn and also Knysna and also on your return backto Cape Town. Safari places in the Eastern Cape is just as good and are malaria free. Options there are, Kariega Game Reserve, Pumba Private Game Reserve and also Amakhala Game Reserve. For more options of accommodations have a look at www.safarinow.com and also www.capetown-direct.com .

Best Regards

Hank - Owner - Ulungele Tours

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10. Re: Waterkant, Green Point or Waterfront area?

Hi surprised nobody has mentioned it, but to get from the airport, you can either hire a taxi/Rikki, or take the MyCiti bus link straight to Greenpoint, for R53 each into the Civic Centre, then a further R7 to Greenpoint. The bus is extremely safe to use, and links nicely to the waterfront and into town should you wish. Have a look at: capetown.gov.za/en/MyCiti/Pages/default.aspx I use this bus all the time on my own travelling in Cape Town as a single female and you will have no issues at all.

A good cab company to take note of in that area is http://www.rikkis.co.za/ - you can call them day and night.

Also the City Siteseeing bus, you can catch from outside the aquarium at the waterfront, and you can visit the cape town winelands and Cape Point, all with a reasonably priced ticket. No need for a car!

http://www.citysightseeing.co.za/

De Waterkant would be my choice. You can either stay in a B&B or possibly a self-catering apartment - I always use www.fzp.co.za and have stayed in a number of their places, all very nice and clean and you can do your own thing with regards to catering. The De Waterkant Cape Quarter village has a lovely range of restaurants, as does the waterfront, and a cab back home won't cost too much. Camps Bay, whilst lovely, you would need to stay towards the beachfront, otherwise it is a little difficult to get around from the higher up properties, and is a bit further away from the main sites you would want to visit.