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Aimed at the well-heeled senior traveller, offering tips on where to stay, eat and enjoy the city. For those of us who enjoy comfort and peace and quiet, choose either the Belmont Mount Nelson, which is central, situated in Gardens, with a delightful garden and pool, where one may while away the hours, reading a book or just day-dreaming, whilst being served with cool drinks and bar food. A marvellous spread appears at 3.00 p.m. in the main reception/lounge just off the main lobby, leading out to the terrace and garden, often with light music played by the resident pianist. Other options include Ellerman House up Kloof Road, in Fresnaye, near Sea Point, which has a wonderful view over the ocean. This is a very exclusive, small high-class hotel which offers everything a larger establishment would offer, but with an exclusive twist, plus a great concierge service where one can ask for the moon and maybe be rewarded with tickets on a shuttle, albeit in the future. Interim content yourself with a flight over the city to Cape Point, or further to Point Agulhas where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean, along the Garden Route. Shopping is a must in Cape Town. There are all the usual shops and exclusive marques such as Gucci, Versace, Dior, etc. but the true treasures are the little boutiques, where the discerning shopper may find truly wonderful clothes, at such incredibly reasonable prices at times, that it makes one just splurge, even those who are usually more succinct about their purchases. Go to the Waterfront for the usual suspects, and expect to pay similar prices to those in Europe. But for the special boutiques, try Cape Quarters, de Waterkant, Kloof Street, Long Street, Camps Bay.... If you are looking for good places to eat, try 95 Keerom, near the Law Courts in City Bowl, for great Italian cuisine, La Perla in Sea Point for exquisite French/international cuisine, the Table Bay Hotel where one can enjoy the best brunch and the dining is also excellent, the Radisson along the waters edge for a wonderful Sunday brunch, likewise the Winchester Mansions on the main road in Green Point. If one does not want to lunch or dine in such exclusive restaurants, try the Ocean Basket chain, with an excellent branch in Kloof Street, Gardens, and another in the Waterfront. There is a great sushi restaurant in Sea Point, an excellent Italian too. On the road to Mouille Point, there are several great eating places, all well-prices with good food and great atmosphere. To explore Cape Town and its surrounding regions, use a guide with a taxi, because this is the most relaxing and safest way to do things. Take a trip to Cape Point, stopping at Boulders to see the penguins, Kalk Bay perhaps to lunch overlooking the rocks where the seals play, along False Bay where, depending upon the time of year, whales come into the bay and the display is incredible. Hermanus is whale heaven, especially in the season between June and November, and it is possible to walk the cliffs and literally almost touch these amazing mammals, most of which seem totally at one with their human admirers and it is just such a privilege to watch them gently floating in the water, often mothers with their calves, and witnessing a truly great event in nature. And don't forget the dolphins.... these are always around, and Hout Bay is especially privileged. Schools of dolphins frequently careen into the bay chasing after the shoals of sardines that swim close into land. It is a breathtaking sight to watch the dolphins skimming along the water, launching themselves out of the watch in perfect unison, putting any human team of synchronised swimmers to shame, even of Olympic standard. Cape Town is such a wonderfully diverse city - a city of contrasts - extraordinary in every aspect. I love Cape Town and it is top of my list of cities to visit - again and again and again.

Good for
  • Senior
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Like a Local

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10 Places

Ocean Basket Gardens

Restaurants

Cape of Good Hope

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Lookouts

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Marinas, Piers & Boardwalks, Shopping Malls

Wynberg Park

Parks

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Gardens

St James Beach

Beaches

Michaelis Collection at the Iziko Old Town House

Speciality Museums

Cape Town Holocaust Centre

History Museums, Speciality Museums

Seal Island

Islands

Hout Bay Lookout

Hiking Trails

828wisetraveller's City Tips

  • Take care with your purses and wallets, as pickpockets are rife everywhere, especially in Long Street, City Bowl in general, the Waterfront, in fact...anywhere...so it pays to keep your money divided up, and credit cards separated and hidden in different places on your person, or leave in the hotel safe. Also beware of the beggars, and those who are scamming, because there are many. They are different to the type who beg on the streets of London, Paris, New York etc. for many of those have parked their 4x4s just round the corner, changed from their designer clothes into rags, and proceed to scam the unsuspecting punters for large returns on a daily basis. The beggars of Cape Town are more often than not, very very poor and very hungry. But it is just not possible to tip everyone, so be discerning. I give to children, women with babies and the very old, and even then, I am careful. Once in Ocean Basket in Gardens, I was begged by an elderly man to give him money for food. I had a heaped plate of fish and chips, far more than I could eat, so I asked the waiter to put half into a take away container and gave it to the old man, plus 20 rand and he left with a smile on his face, and I felt well because I had helped someone enjoy good food and ensured I would not put another inch on my hips! Another time, I saw a young boy of around eight or nine years' old selling chocolate muffins that his mother had made, outside the trendy restaurants at the bottom of Kloof Street. How could I ignore this child, who looked just like my elder boy when he was the same age, so he collected 20 rand, and I did not take one muffin, because I don't eat them. Each time I see him, he smiles and he collects another 20 bucks and I melt with pleasure at seeing his face light up. Finally, I have made friends with a lovely young girl, who stands just opposite my office in Kloof Street, and she asked me the first time if she could sing for me. I was in a hurry and said I did not have the time, but offered her 50 rand for her daughter, who was curled up in a baby buggy, and the girl said she needed funds to feed her and buy nappies. This little lady would not accept my money without being able to reciprocate and explained that she needed to sing to me. So I stopped, and she sang....a Gospel song, which brought tears to my eyes....and merited my stopping to listen, and made me realize that it is never necessary to rush as time does not wait for any of us, but we can make time work for us. My tip is to just be discerning and you will then feel that even a few rand might help those whom you choose to help and give you the feeling that it is worth the gesture.
  • One can walk around Kloof Street, Gardens, without problem, and likewise the V&A Waterfront. Better to take taxis to go see Gold Museum - likewise the Isiko, Holocaust, District Six and other museums. Only rent a car to go out of town, as it is a huge problem to park. Only the locals use the white taxis at 7 rand a pop, or the MyCiti buses which require pre-paid vouchers.
  • Ocean Basket Gardens
    Restaurants (Seafood)
    828wisetraveller Says:

    Good fish and chips, sushi, vegetables and salads. Deserts lacking a bit of variety. But a good place to eat alone or with friends and family.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Grilled hake and chips
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Great seafood 06/02/2018
    • Escape the Kloof Street Madness 19/10/2017
    • Ocean Basket Gardens
    Address:
    75 Kloof Street
    Cape Town Central 8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 422 0322
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    12:00 - 22:00
    Fri - Sat
    12:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Cape of Good Hope
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Lookouts
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    828wisetraveller Says:

    Marvellous place to walk, bird watch or find so many different indigenous plants and flowers. Great for picnics, but remember to take all your papers and empty bottles home with you.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear good walking shoes, there are snakes!
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 8 things to do in Table Mountain National Park
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Place to tick off 14/10/2018
    • Beautiful 13/10/2018
    • Cape of Good Hope
    Address:
    Cape Point Rd
    Table Mountain National Park 8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 780 9526
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
    Marinas, Piers & Boardwalks, Shopping Malls
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    828wisetraveller Says:

    Exciting, noisy, vibrant, so much to see and do. Great eateries, coffee places and the shopping is sublime.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Go in the day or evening, it is always fun.
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 179 things to do in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ambience 15/10/2018
    • Stunning photo memories. 15/10/2018
    • Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
    Address:
    19 Dock Road
    Merchant House
    Cape Town Central 8002
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 408 7600
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 21:00
    Other:
  • Wynberg Park
    Parks
    828wisetraveller Says:

    Lovely park, great place to picnic and good for youngster to play in.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 4 things to do in Wynberg
    • Band Outing 04/03/2018
    • Great for the kids! 29/12/2017
    • Wynberg Park
    Address:
    20 Piers Street
    Wynberg
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 710 9403
    Other:
  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
    Gardens
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    828wisetraveller Says:

    If you like gardens, this is the place. So many wonderful plants, trees and flowers. Also if you like concerts, there are many in the spring and summer.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Good restaurant, but mostly best to take your own picnic
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Newlands
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Kutazer 15/10/2018
    • Beautiful fresh and green 13/10/2018
    • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
    Address:
    Rhodes Drive
    Newlands 7700
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 799 8899
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$4
    Other:
  • St James Beach
    Beaches
    828wisetraveller Says:

    Lovely little beach with huts and shark nets. Several very good fish restaurants not far away.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Wear your swimmers, and enjoy!
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Muizenberg
    • Great for families 18/07/2018
    • Small Beach with Tidal Pool 11/07/2018
    • St James Beach
    Address:
    55 Main Road
    Muizenberg 7945
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 788 3793
  • Michaelis Collection at the Iziko Old Town House
    Speciality Museums
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    828wisetraveller Says:

    This is for those who love art and it is just a wonderful collection to view.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Go during an afternoon, and then go take tea somewhere like the Nellie, and ruminate on the beautiful paintings one has been privileged to view.
    From the community
    Ranked #121 of 179 things to do in Cape Town Central
    • A glimpse of the past preserved. 08/11/2015
    • Fascinating piece of Art History 16/06/2015
    • Michaelis Collection at the Iziko Old Town House
    Address:
    Old Town House 6 Greenmarket Square
    Cape Town Central 8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 481 3933
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Cape Town Holocaust Centre
    History Museums, Speciality Museums
    828wisetraveller Says:

    If one feels as I do, it is a must. I have been to many Holocaust museums in many cities, and they all bear the same message..... This must never ever happen again in our lifetime, and indeed NEVER EVER AGAIN.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • History Buff
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Wear sober clothing, do not go in gaudy shorts, because one needs to show respect for those who suffered so ignominiously and who died for a mad man's whim.
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 179 things to do in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Holocaust museum 20/09/2018
    • Very moving 27/07/2018
    • Cape Town Holocaust Centre
    Address:
    88 Hatfield Street Gardens
    Cape Town Central 8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 462 5553
    Other:
  • Seal Island
    Islands
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    828wisetraveller Says:

    If you like seals - this is the place to go because there are literally hundreds at any given time.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear casual clothing.
    From the community
    Ranked #61 of 353 things to do in Cape Town
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Mr kutazer 15/10/2018
    • Inexpensive and fun 04/10/2018
    • Seal Island
    Address:
    False Bay
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 791 4441
  • Hout Bay Lookout
    Hiking Trails
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    828wisetraveller Says:

    Go hike around the Lookout, take your binoculars and sandwiches and enjoy.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear good walking shoes.
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 8 things to do in Hout Bay
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of the most beautiful vistas 03/10/2018
    • Family Holiday 03/05/2018
    • Hout Bay Lookout
    Address:
    Hout Bay Road
    Hout Bay 7806
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 60 933 4116
    Other:
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