Tips and practical guide to Cape Town

For: Javier Brandoli (text and photos)
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(World Cup Special for Spanish fans. An exception for the Red)

Cape Town is a beautiful city, quiet, chosen by nature and history. The 'Mother City', as is known, where a group of Dutch lettuce planters were installed to help stop infant deaths scurvy and propagated by the ships of the Dutch East India Company that were made East Asia, and began this history we know as South Africa, is now, probably the most cosmopolitan city in the entire continent. Do not be afraid to leave, a andar, yes, with the same eye and precautions to be taken when you are a tourist and is surrounded, sometimes, hunger. Here are some tips for fans of Red to come here:

Where to eat:

Socieyt Bistro: My favorite restaurant. Food, risotto and pasta, delicious (especially the pasta with sausage and rice with bacon and rice with mushrooms). All kinds of wines. The waiters are charming and dinner by the fireplace, Shelf stable, unmatched. A weakness of this traveler. Around 120 rands per person (12 EUR). Direction: Orange Street, 50. Gardens. Telephone: 021 424 2100

Beluga: One of the most sophisticated restaurants in the city. Delicious and modern environment. Before you can have something to eat in his long rod, where there is an extensive range of cocktails, South African wine champagne. The menu is varied: The sushi is exquisite (during the meal is half price) and dishes like Squid in Patagonia, el Fishline, el Slow Roasted Duck o el Lamb Shank son, simply delicious. The price of a dinner for two, with wine, round the 600 Rands (60 EUR). A low price and high here in Europe. should be reserved. It is very close to the stadium.
Direction:The Foundry: Prestwich Street. Greenpoint (near the stadium). Telephone: 021 4182948

Niche: An Italian restaurant in Sea Point. The pizzas are great, thin crust and fresh tomato, and chicken and mushroom lasagna is tremendous. The tiramisu, the 2 kilos, Also spectacular. Price, with wine, round the 100 rands per person (10 EUR). The service is lovely. Direction: Main Road, 323. Sea Point.

Do not be afraid to leave, a andar, yes, with the same eye and precautions to be taken when you are a tourist and is surrounded, sometimes, hunger.

The naker: Belgian mussels, with fries and a cold bottle of white wine with his terrace attached to the boats in the harbor is a great alternative after returning from Robben Island. This Belgian restaurant, search of the Memorial de Nelson Mandela Robben Island, and Waterfront, is best to eat at the mall overloaded. Yes, we must ask for lobster without hot sauce, please. About 200 rands per person (20 EUR).

Direction: Pierhead, Waterfront. Telephone: 021 419 0251

The Sidewalk Café: A secret city. This little cafe is full of charm and is located in the residential suburb of Vredehoek. The views, If the weather and grab the barrel of the door, with two stools, mientras se saborea un buen vino, invite peace. The site is ideal for any time: breakfast, the food scene. Cozy living room decorated like a home, unpretentious, letter has a short but quality. The best thing is the atmosphere. Reservations are:
Direction: Derry street, 33. Vredehoek. Telephone: 021 461 2839.

Bebe Rose: For those who want to experience a truly African food, no frills, in a place nestled in the midst of a market, This is your place. Here eats the black population and the food is authentic of these lands. The site has a rough and although this in the same Long Street, by Mister Music Store, remains completely off the beaten path. It's very good chicken with rice and banana. (There is food from different countries). The price does not exceed 100 Rands (10 EUR) per person.

Transport:

There is bus service from the airport to downtown. El taxi, if traded, should not exceed the price of the 220 Rands (in taxis, although they use meters, some are really getting on trucados.Antes a price is agreed, not always accepted: a bargain. In the central, ie between Gardens, Sea Point and Green Point offering price should not exceed 50 Rands.
The minibus are, my taste, the best option for getting around the city. It's fun, slope 5 rands journey, and live a little African experience. While many travel guides, including Spanish consulate, say they are not caught, are safe and do not know anyone who has had a single mishap. They can enter 20 people in the van, whose destiny announces a guy who shouts from the window.

Addition, the City has created six bus lines, information ask at the airport or at the tourist offices, always going empty, cost eight euros, and having, yes, little traffic (another good option for non-stressed).

What to visit

-If you are going to be for Cape Town only three or four days, following selection, I encourage you to catch, when they arrive, tourist bus: allowed to get an idea of ​​what this city and stop at the Botanical Gardens, a wonder for lovers of plants and flowers (South Africa is the third country with the highest biodiversity on the planet) o en the Table Mountain, emblem of the city and where you have to climb to the top and admire the spectacular views. They can hop off the bus as many times as they want and have the opportunity to see something outside of Cape Town.
-If you feel strong, vayan a Lions Head. A mountain, frente in Table Mountain, that walking up, over an hour and a zone rather hard, but that has wonderful views of the entire city.

If you are going to be for Cape Town only three or four days, following selection, I encourage you to catch, when they arrive, tourist bus

-In case of good weather, acérquense to Camps Bay, and its beach and restaurants with terraces, and if they can wander through the four beaches (Beach 1,2,3 and 4, simple).

-Are mandatory to visit Robben Island (I recommend reading the article we did on the old prison).
-In the center, must walk to Gardens, where this Parliament, African Museum, National Gallery ... and manicured gardens, plagued by squirrels.
-Finally, Castle, District Six Museum and the Museum of slaves, visits are recommended for history lovers. Everything is very close.

Surroundings

Clearly, for my, the best of Cape Town. Rent a car, down by the west to the Cape of Good Hope and Stop at some of the bays and beaches that stumble on the road (no need to name names, you will see them). Then, after the Natural Park of Cabo, where 1488 folded slip Portuguese boats Bartolome Diaz, up the Peninsula on its east side where they stop at Boulders Beach, where you can see a beach full of penguins; the Kalk Bay, it has a wonderful fish market, full of restaurants and life 200 meters, Station Road or Muizemberg Beach, with violent waves and its colorful houses, to convert to surfers.
A good place to stop to eat or sleep is the Boulders Beach Lodge& Restaurant. In a small cove, from which you can see some penguins, provides meal, beautiful views and good price. Telephone: +27 (0) 0217861758

Shopping

In the center there are two places neuralgic: la calle Long Street, with tourist shops at low prices (have to bargain) and more African style, y el Waterfront, a huge shopping mall, harborside, full of luxury, shops and restaurants. Each style has its charm.

Cups

Again we find the referent of Long Street, which is the street to nightlife. Environment mad, full of bars, in which anything goes. There selling drugs at some points and some pickpockets, but it is a safe place for the massive influx of people. There are a lot of supply.
Front of the stadium, I Main Road, is the Club Buenavista, where you can hear and see a lot of dancing salsa school (Buenavista just opened a two-story next to the stadium also. If ve easily).

In Cape Town there insured up until two o'clock. Then there are clubs that are open late.

For those seeking a more sophisticated, the disco Hemisphere, in the plant 31 the Absa Centre, an option. No flip flops are allowed inside or very casual clothes, but do not worry you do not make time to take. Delivery Address: Riebeeck Street, 2.

For those coming on a Sunday, what else is going to Cafe Capricce, Beachfront, in pijisima and quiet area of ​​Camps Bay, to end the night. Si hace buen tiempo la gente está en la calle.
And Waterfront, the Michells is an option for night owls. There is usually mixture of hobbies.
Finally, I Main Road, Green Point, is the Cubana. Open late, has mostly black people ambient, is fun and there is plenty prostitution masked (be careful if they believe they have linked).

In Cape Town there insured up until two o'clock. Then there are clubs that are open late.

Security

Cape Town is safer than other South African cities. The center, Gardens from the Sea Point, is taken by the police. Must be taken reasonable precautions to try not to walk alone at night in sparsely populated streets, but no paranoia that make them live in a bunker that enables them to enjoy a very open and easy.
The thing to be careful is if you come into the township and is intended wander on your own in the midst of misery. The visit to Guguletu, Langa o Khayelitsha es recomendable, joy will surprise people and contrasts, but it must be planned (many companies do tours. If you do not know anything or anyone is safest).

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  • Xavier

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    Hello, good morning
    Gracias por la info. Visitaré Cape Town en Mayo, ya que quiero hacer buceo con tiburón blanco. Lamentablemente sólo tendré dos mañanas y dos tardes en Ciudad del Cabo. Pensaba gastar una mañana en ir a Boulders y Muizenberg y otra en dar un paseo por Long Street o quizás ir al teleférico. ¿Por la tarde-noche es seguro un paseo yendo solo desde Long street a Church street(mi hotel está ahí)? Son calles céntricas y turísticas, por lo que supongo que será seguro pero uno lee tantas cosas que al final duda. Es que quiero ir al Mama Africa a cenar por curiosidad
    Greetings and thanks

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  • Javier Brandoli

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    Puedes hacerlo, I, no problem. Al menos yo lo hacía. Están cerca. Lo que yo no haría es ir al Mama Africa, con la cantidad de buenos restuarantes que hay ese es muy turístico

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  • Xavier

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    Ok muchas gracias 😀

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  • Estibaliz

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    Tengo pensado viajar a Sudáfrica en mayo y pasaré unos días en Cape Town, ¿es una ciudad segura para una chica sola?
    Thanks.

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  • Javier Brandoli

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    Hola Estíbaliz, creo que sí es segura aunque debes tener algunas precauciones lógicas, por la noche especialmente. Los sudafricanos son gente maravillosa en mi experiencia

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  • Estibaliz

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    Voucher, entiendo que se trata entonces de sentido común.
    Qué ganas tengo de que llegue la fecha, estaré unos días en Port Elisabeth, luego voy a hacer la Garden Route y me quedaré 4 the 5 días en Cape Town , desde donde pienso ir a Stellenbosh, ¿te parece una buena opción?
    Muchas gracias Javier

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  • Javier Brandoli

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    Yes, pero yo haría parte de Garden Route y parte de ruta 62, en el Little Karoo, que es fantástico.
    En todo caso te encantará

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  • Laura

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    Hi Javier,
    Enhorabuena por tu página, me parece de lo más útil. Viajamos a Sudáfrica dentro de 5 días con primera parada en Ciudad del Cabo. Allí hemos alquilado un coche para 4 days. Para movernos por los alrededores de la ciudad, está claro que nos será útil, pero dentro de la ciudad, nos recomiendas más el transporte público y las piernas? No me hago idea de las distancias. Thank you very much!

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  • Javier Brandoli

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    Hola Laura, pues la ciudad es pequeña y por el día puedes hacer buenos trayectos a pie o usar los minibuses. Even, now, hay ya algunas líneas de autobús municipal. Por la noche verás que las calles se quedan vacías, así que hay que usar taxis. Pide que te pongan taxímetro, aunque no son caros. Dónde te alojas?

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  • Laura

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    Thanks Javier, lo tendremos en cuenta. Nos alojamos en el More Quarters. Hemos alquilado un coche para Ciudad del Caboa ver qué tal eso de conducir por la izquierda, un poco de respeto ya me da! Luego vamos a Kruger, ruta panorama y acabamos en cataratas Victoria.
    Si tienes alguna recomendación más, la recibo con los brazos abiertos!
    Thanks! Salimos mañana. Can not wait!

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  • Javier Brandoli

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    En Kruger, si queréis ver animales alojaros en los campamentos del sur. Yo os recomiendo Lower Sabie. Hacia el norte, donde hay más vegetación y es más complicado ver animales, es muy bonito Oliphants, grandes vistas. In any case, sobre todo por los felinos, la mejor zona es entre Lower Sabie y Satara, campamento en el medio que a mi me gusta mucho también para dormir si váis del sur al norte.
    En Cape Town hacer la península, la carretera es maravillosa, hacerla en redondo y comer en Boulders Beach Simonstown: http://www.bouldersbeachlodge.com/

    Enjoy, Sudáfrica y los sudafricanos son una maravilla!

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  • duvan

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    que tal soy de colombia y desaria saver si al llegar al aeropuerto de cape town es facil de encontrar alguna persona que able español y pueda brindarme informacion mas clara sobre hospedaje y algun tours puesto q no se bn sobre como moverme en esa ciudad gracias..

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  • sandra

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    pienso quedarme 8 días a fines de enero en ciudad del cabo, que zona es recomendable para reservar un hotel, por seguridad y acceso a paseos. voy con mi sobrino adolescente.

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  • javier Brandoli

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    Hola Sandra, yo le recomiendo Sea Point o Green Point. La segunda está más cerca del centro y de la zona comercial para poder ir a pie.

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  • Mayte

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    Hi Javier, mi marido y yo nos vamos el 2 de abril a Ciudad del Cabo 4 days. No hablamos ni entendemos bien el ingles.¿Comop podriamos hacer para tener un guia en Español para las excursiones?
    I wait your answer. Thank you very much.
    Ah gracias por la informacion que nos proporcionas.

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  • javier Brandoli

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    Hello Mayte,

    la verdad es que no conozco guías en español en Ciudad del Cabo. Mira con este amigo que tiene una agencia de viajes que opera en Sudáfrica, pero ellos supongo que venden paquetes completos- Se llama Alex Poo y su empresa es Tuareg. Alex@tuareg.com

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  • Juan

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    Hi Javier, gracias por toda esta información. Estamos terminando de planear un viaje a SA al cual partimos en un par de semanas, y cuyo final son 4 noches en Cape Town. Es la única parte que nos falta organizar. No nos queda muy claro dónde nos convendría quedarnos. No pretendemos lujos en el hotel, solo comodidad normal. Somos de caminar mucho y nos gustaría poder recorrerla bastante, sobre todo sus puntos centrales.

    Tampoco sabemos bien si conviene o no conservar el auto (venimos de viaje desde la Ruta Jardín). Quizás para los lugares de ahí no pero si queremos alejarnos un poco, como para el Cabo de la Buena Esperanza, sí lo necesitamos. Qué opinás? Son varios dolares más, clear, pero si lo justifica no tenemos problema.

    Thanks!

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  • Javier Brandoli

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    Hola Juan, yo sí conservaría el auto para hacer la Península del Cabo que es en mi opinión lo más bonito y hasta para ir a los viñedos de Constantia o Stellenbosch. Dormir en Waterkant, Green Point o Sea Point (son tres barrios seguidos, bien colocados y bonitos).
    Luck!

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  • Monica

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    HOla, Estibalizme llamo Mónica y también voy a viajar sola a esa zona¿me puedes contactar, por favor para preguntarte algunas cosas? Thanks…

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  • silvina

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    Hi Javier, estuve siguiendo tus relatos. Estare del 20 the 23 inclusive en Cape town, luego queremos hacer la ruta circular para volver el 29 temprano a tomar aéreo a Joh, y de ahí alquilar auto a Kruger.
    Questioning:
    Puntos interesantes en ruta jardín y donde alojarnos?
    Joh a Kruger en auto por librey.. vi lower sand o Cocodrile bridge a tu sugerir? But…no quiero gastar tanto en safaris y lodge privados, o sea si saco algunos alojamientos dentro del parque en esa zona, luego podre combinar con mismos dueños de los alojamientos algún safari extra?
    Greetings
    Silvina de Argentina

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  • mireia

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    hola quiero ir en setiembre, no se si es buena época por el clima y tambien quisiera saber si nos quedará cerca alguna reserva para poder ver animales, lo he estado buscando y no acabo de verlo claro si que hay hoteles pero no me queda claro el resto,me puedes ayudar? thanks

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  • javier Brandoli

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    Hola Mireia, septiembre es un buen mes para ir a la Península del Cabo. Reservas de animales no tienes cerca, al menos no parques nacionales de gran valor. Para eso tienes el Kruger o Kgalagadi. El primero sino tienes coche lo puedes hacer volando hasta Nelspruit.

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  • Monica

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    Hola Javier somos dos matrimonios mayores y queremos alojarnos en una zona que tengamos opcion de caminar seguros,de tomar un bus y que no sea tan caro como WHATERFRONT
    Necesito tu opinión
    Thank you
    Tambien tengo un blog de viajes
    dejarhuella.com

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  • Javier Brandoli

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    Hello Monica, yo elegiria Sea Point o Green Point. El Waterkant también está muy bien. Luck, os encantará

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