We are taking DD (5) to South Africa during the Christmas holidays. Neither DH or I have ever been there. We are flying to Cape Town and have two weeks to get to Port Elizabeth. I have figured out what would be great places to see and to stay along the Garden Route but have no idea what would be a good base to stay at in Cape Town at the beginning of our journey. I would be grateful for any recommendations or tips .
I would stay in suburbs like Constantia or Simon's town as the centre of Cape Town can be really quite intimidating in the evenings. Though unless you have a real desire to see Cape Town I personally would turn left out of the airport and head for Pringle Bay, Betty's Bay or Stellenbosch.
You could head to the Waterfront area - some good hotels and B&Bs and it's safe in the evenings if you want to walk about to a restaurant. Would recommend eating cheaply at Quay Four during the day. I know you have a baby with you but the red bus tours are very good.
camps bay is lovely, its right on fab beach, nice restaurants, great places to stay and a short taxi ride to the waterfront etc so more convenient than being out in stellenbosh etc - you can go to those for the day, I have stayed there a couple of times its not intimidating or anything like that, its trendy, family friendly and has great views.
would be interested in hearing how your trip goes, thinking of taking my dcs next year - have done the garden route before but not with dcs - what are your plans (so I can pinch them...!)
smackerel and smackerel Have heard good things about Waterfront and think it would be a good option. I think it would also suit us better to stay rather close to Cape Town at the beginning as there will be enough driving involved for the rest of the holiday.
We stayed for 8 nights in Hotel Protea President in Bantry Bay which was about a five minute drive to V & A waterfront and quite close to Camps Bay . This hotel made a great base for exploring the wonderful Caprpe Town and surrounding areas. Parking was secure and I think not too expensive and the breakfast and pool were lovely. Have a great trip .
We stayed at the Victoria and Alfred too, right on the waterfront, felt very safe with plenty of places to eat within safe walking distance and seals practically on the pavement right outside the hotel !!
Highly recommend The Tarragon..we stayed here with our 10 month old it was just gorgeous... http://www.thetarragon.com/index.htm
Here are some kid friendly things to do too...
We all loved this too... http://www.aquarium.co.za/ and this http://www.capetown-traveladviser.com/boulders-beach-simonstown.html and this http://www.aboutcapetown.com/kirstenbosch.htm and worth the drive http://www.capepoint.co.za/ and this is a gorgeous beach worth a visit http://www.go2africa.com/south-africa/cape-town/camps-bay and when you go to the Aquarium go to the V&A Waterfront http://www.waterfront.co.za/Pages/Welcome.aspx
Hi there. Portfolio colletion can be quite expensive. Depends what you want. A bit out of cape town ie the strand/Somerset west/stellenbosch is also lovely, lots of vineyards with kids suitable activities like pony drawn carriages etc.
I prefer self catering and SA-venues website is great for that.
We are going around the same time -mind you are from SA! But we love it as a holiday destination now we live in the UK!
Happy to help if you need more info.
Other things: Two oceans aquarium great V&A waterfront lots to do incl pirate type boats that go on trips Restaurants that are franchise like and cater for kids eg SPUR ( steakhouse with play areas etc)
I can highly recommend this place. In Constantia and walking distance to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. We stayed there a couple of years ago when ds was 4. Really really friendly hosts and not too expensive. Easy and quick drive to the V&A waterfront.