Subject: Re: Capetown, SA
My husband and I were in Capetown for five days last September. We stayed at the Breakwater Lodge on the Waterfront, which is supposed to be the safest area to stay in Capetown. The cost was $56US per night. They have a reasonable restaurant (called The Treadmill), but we always had breakfast at a place called Vicki's on the Waterfront. Other places we ate were: Morton's, Hildebrand, Quay Four (the one downstairs which is cheaper) on the Waterfront and Traumerei in downtown Capetown for lunch. Hildebrand was a bit on the expensive side. Morton's was good value. I would avoid the fast food places on the Waterfront. As far as trips go, I would recommend a visit to Table Mountain; you take the cable car up and I believe the cost is about $15US per person for the return trip. We spent most of the day on the top. We also visited Kirstenbosch Gardens; you will need to take a taxi as there is no public transport. We also took a day tour to Hermanus to see the whales and stopped at the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens; if you are interested in gardens this is a worthwhile trip. In addition, we stayed two nights at Hout Bay at a B&B called the Brightwater Lodge. There are several good restaurants in this town, including Limonia. While at Hout Bay we visited the World of Birds and the Cape Peninsula.

We drove up the West coast as far as Springbok, but did not continue on to Namibia. We stayed one night at Langebaan (at the Farmhouse) and two nights at Kamieskroon (at the Kamieskroon Hotel). We were there during the flower season (August and September) so there was lots to see. The roads were good and traffic was light. South Africans drive very fast so you need to be careful.

My husband is in the processing of writing up our travelogue on this trip and I will be happy to send you a copy when he finishes. In the meantime if you have any questions, you are most welcome to contact me either privately on through the list.

Ann Widdowson Victoria, BC awa