We're so excited for our daughter as she'll be studying at UCT for the semester running from this February to June. We're going to meet her the last week of her session and explore Cape Town on our own (since she'll have had several months to do so) and then we'll head to Rwanda to track the gorillas (another forum, I know). We were fortunately to spend 3 weeks in Kenya and Tanzania a few years ago so we may not carve out time for Safari and I've been reading up on Cape Town although it's all pretty overwhelming. In other words, we're still trying to figure out our itinerary--we'll have about 17 or 18 days--but are excited to start with about 4 days in Cape Town.
My request at the moment is for a recommendation for a hotel near the campus so we can be with our daughter for dinner, etc. although we'll be visiting sites during the day. There will be 4 or 5 of us (not sure if the daughter studying will want to stay at the hotel with us). Any recommendations would be helpful. I've seen many hotels suggested but not sure about the geography as we'd like to be close to our daughter.
A second question...my initial searches for flights from the San Francisco Bay Area to Cape Town reveal incredibly high fares and hours and hours of travel. If anyone has found any tips--either price or route--that make the trip over/back a little less daunting, I'd love to hear. For example, when we flew to Nairobi, we found a good fare to London, spent the night there and then picked up a Virgin Atlantic flight to Nairobi. The total fare was relatively good, we got to spend about 20 hours in London and take in a play and landed not as jet-lagged as we might have otherwise.