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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 12, 2011
what about blouberg?  (2 Answers)

hi, i'm going to leave for Capetown in January. i saw a guest house in blouberg, is this place safe?or it's dangerous?pleas help, i'm confused about the hotel's place...sorry for my bad english:-)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 03, 2011
Reposting here for info on garden route  (3 Answers)

My husband is coming to Cape Town for a month to meet the folks for the 1st time! And of course see how beautiful my birth country is. Anyway its been a while since I jumped in a car and did any travelling so I need a bit of help.

I am planning about 5-6 nights on the garden route. 1st day driving N2 should I stop the first night in Wilderness or just carry on to Knysna & stay there for 2 nights? The furthest we want to go is Storms River, I can’t remember Plett being fantastic but then again things may have changed would there be any reasonable game lodge to stay at? Or we are thinking to do backpackers places private rooms. So at storms river he wants to bungee & I’d like to do a bit of walking or back water tubing or something fun but safe.

Then we plan to visit Cango Caves Outshoorn I am thinking it would be better to go back to Wilderness and get onto the R62 there would that be best? So I could either spend that evening in Wilderness or Outshoorn and go to the caves & ostrich fam in the morning/afternoon then head on the R62 towards Du Toits kloof and maybe spend one more night en route at Robertson or anyone suggest a game park there?

My husband is from Sri Lanka & loves the sea but I want to show him the other things as well we have to offer. Any help will be greatly appreciated

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 18, 2009
how does this plan look to everyone?  (5 Answers)

Hi there,
We are going to South africa in august and we have aleady booked but I want to see what you all think of the plan. We are a couple in our 30's with 3 kids who are 7,6 and 10 months.

8 days at cape town (one and only hotel) then fly to port elizabeth to do
2 days at kwandwe game reserve (uplands homestead)then drive for a
5 days stay at the garden route ( tsala treetop lodges). Next fly to capetown.
2 days capetown ( 12 apostles hotel)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 18, 2009
Info?  (4 Answers)

Does anyone have any other info for travelling and accommodation in the Western Cape, especially along the coast? I've checked out the Cape whale coast website at which was real informative, but looking for more info.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 03, 2008
Wine tasting  (3 Answers)

We will be in Cape Town area around 19.11 and want to spend a day in winelands. What will be the best places/best wineries to go?
Are wineries far from each other?
Can we just show up or we need to make an appointment in advance?
Are tastings free?

How far are winelands (Stellenbock?) from the airport? We have a 10am flight. Is it easier to stay ovenight there the night before or return to CT?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 07, 2008
best areas in capetown?  (3 Answers)

am struggling to figure out which is the best area to stay in CT :/
not sure i want to stay near the V&A as i guess it is v touristy and busy ?
was thinking of these areas ?
Kalk bay
Hout bay
Simon's town maybe

any thoughts ?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 11, 2008
seeking travel partner  (1 Answer)

whats up everybody...i`ll be visiting cape town around july alone and i was wondering if there is anybody out there going there at that same time and is seeking a travel buddy, please let me know if you are interested.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 12, 2007
south africa in general

im from the UK. I graduate from Uni this year, going to save up and some money and plan to go to South Africa after my graduation mid Feb 08 to mid May. I'm going to travel from Cape Town up to near Kruger Park on Baz Bus.

One thing I have my lip pierced i'm guessing this will be fine, cause im not taking it out lol

Also i've been trying to find rock pubs and clubs, and so far only found Burn in Duban (which looks cool). Does anyone know of any along the coast so i can stop off at some and meet some likeminded people?

Also i've found a lot of prices for hostles which i seem to get an average of about 60R in a dorm. But what about food? I'll be on a budget so not wanting to be eating out all the time. whats the supermarkets like for getting cheap food to make a picnic or something?

thanks a lot

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 20, 2006
cape town apartment rental  (4 Answers)

Found a great vacation apartment in the V & A.
Problem is the company, Holiday Rentals in Capetown ( asking for full payment, in advance, by bank transfer.
I would normally pay by credit card.
Questions are: Is this bank transfer thing normal practice in South Africa?
Has anyone had dealings with this company?
Anyone know where I can find out if they are legit?

Cheers, and Merry Christmas

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 18, 2006
Help with putting an itinerary together  (4 Answers)

We are planning on going to South Africa for our 40th Wedding Anniversary . We ar also thinking of going on to Mauritius for a few days. But we are getting a bit confused reading all the forums so we don't really know what to do. We want to fly to Cape Town spend a about 3 days there seeing the tourist things then going onto Hermanus for a couple of days we fancy going to shamwari Game park for 2 nights as reading on the forums it seems one the good ones. but we don't know whether to stop a couple of days on the garden route, but where is the best places to visit. then do we go on to Mauritius for a beach holiday or do we stay in South Africa on a beach hoilday but which is best to stay if anyone can advise we would appreciate it, as we are having great trouble putting an itinerary together for this holiday, we have never had so much trouble before so We are planning to go 31st August til 15th September 2007 so if any one can help it would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 22, 2006
Do you know Guest House Michelitsch ?

Does anybody know this guest house in Camps Bay? Can you recommend it?
What did you like what was not so good?
Thank you so much! Karin

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 04, 2006
Holiday in South Africa 2007 to Celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary  (3 Answers)

I have for the last few weeks trying to get an itinerary together, which I have had a few good ideas, We want to go to Cape Town for a few days Hermanus for a couple of days and a Safari for a couple of days then go on to Mauritius for 7 nights. Can any one tell if they have been to any of these hotels the first one is Villa Sunshine in Bantry, the the Misty Waves hotel in Hermanus and the St James ant Knysna and then to the Blaauwbosch game reserve then on to the La Tropical in Mauritius, I always try to get review on hotels before I book and I am having trouble in finding these ones. Also is it worth going to Knysa? or is there better places to stay if anyone can give a couple of any ideas of having a holiday of a life time for two or three weeks, our budget at the moment is £2000 each would appreciate any help



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 27, 2006
In need of accomodation on the beach somewhere around Cape Town  (3 Answers)


me and my girlfriend need a weekendbreak away from it all.

It doesnt really matter where it is...Paternoster, Hermanus, etc....However, it should be either straight on the beach and/or that you cross a street and are on the beach. Something "romantic" would be great. There are some great beach cottages in Paternoster but they seem to go for too much. 500-750 Rand max for two nights is what we can afford!

Any tips would be highly appreciated!

Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 25, 2006
Holiday in South Africa September 2007  (5 Answers)

My husband and I are planning to go to South Africa for our 40th Wedding Anniversy next September, and as we do not know a lot about South Africa we would like some ideas of where to visit. We want to go to Table Mountain, Go whale watching and go on Safari and any other tourist things then we plan to go to Mauritius for a Week. but we don't know whether we can do SA in one week and on in Mauritius or do we need two weeks in S.A. If anyone can give us any ideas it would be appriciated


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 27, 2006
Muizenberg to Hermanus  (2 Answers)

I happen to have a couple of maps that roughly cover this route and there seems to be a pretty direct road linking Muizenberg with the N2, (namely the R310 Baden Powell? and on through Wolfgat Nature Reserve? to the N2) However everywhere I look like Shell Geostar and on this board seems to point me up the M5 to join up with the N2 in other roundabout ways.
Is there anything "wrong" with taking the R310 all the way to the N2?
Once on the N2 I know about the R44, R34 ? options, it's really just this getting to the N2, perhaps there's really not much point in going the R310 as it is just slower and not very interesting ? Perhaps the scale of the maps I have are deceptive and it really wouldn't save me any time nor be any more "scenic"!

Thanks for any comments

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 03, 2006
Where to stay

Travelling with my husband and daughter to Cape town in July and hope to follow the garden route to Port Elizabeth. We're looking to stay in Capetown for 5 day and two other places on route so we can tour. can anyone suggest any good places between capetown and Port Elizabeth.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 03, 2005
Looking for extraordinary garden centers in Capetown and along Garden Route  (1 Answer)

13 days left
Not that we'll be able to bring anything back with us
but we love to visit unique garden centers that carry lots of unusual plants and such
(I guess everthing there will be unusual to us)
So any suggestions would be appreciated

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 16, 2005
Stormers Tickets  (2 Answers)

I will be in Cape Town when The Stormers open their season against The Sharks...(Feb.25th). I have been to the Stormers web site and have e-mailed them but with no reply. I am concerned that the game may be sold out and am wondering how to buy tickets ahead of time.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 07, 2004
Just back from the Mother City

Hi all Just to say that we have arrived back from our trip to Cape Town and the Garden Route and everything was just as beautiful as I remembered it - with a few good and some not so good changes. We got to see most of our old friends and one even travelled from his new home in PE to visit us in Knysna - showing what lovely people the South Africans are. The kids got to do their bungy jump - very scary!!! and I went up in a helicoptor over Table Mountain. All in all unforgettable - will have to start saving to go back.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 01, 2004
Backpackers in Cape Town

Anyone have any recommendations/reviews of backpackers in Cape Town, particularly ones that offer private double rooms? Looking for ones fairly close to city centre. Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 26, 2004
drink and nightlife  (5 Answers)

i am travelling to cape town in january 2005 as part of group of eight. i would like to know what the nightlife is like and the price of drink and food

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 01, 2004
Flat to rent

Hello! My friend got a job in Cape Town, Bellville and he needs a flat to rent. Is it possible for you to get rates for me? Preferably from R1000.00 downwards. Your assistance would be appreciated. THANX

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 21, 2004
Thanks everyone

Just a quick post to say thanks to everyone who has helped me plan my trip to South Africa - a special thanks to Gerald and Glenn ( great ambassadors for their country thx guys ) We start our journey tomorrow - byeee jj.......

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 16, 2004
Tips and tipping  (2 Answers)

just a quick question -- tips and tipping -- what sort of tips should i give to bell hops ( the guys who carry your suitcases ) taxi's - waiters - ohh and i think Gerald said there are petrol pump attentants --anyone else i should tip ??? Thank guys less than a week :-) Ohh by the way guys it was in the UK press at the weekend about having 2 free pages on your passport -- but i already knew that thanks to you's jj......

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 08, 2004
Do's and don'ts - safety  (19 Answers)

We going to stay a few nights in Cape Town, then drive to Franschhoek, then on to Touwsriver, Knysna, Swellendham and finally Camps Bay. We were wondering if there were any specific do's and don'ts by way of safety tips that we should follow. We know to be careful not to have cameras and flashy jewellry and to be careful at ATMs. What about at petrol stations and stopping en route as we drive from place to place. Any suggestions?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 08, 2004
I need help  (2 Answers)

This will sound daft - Its about football Arsenal have been drawn Manchester United in FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday 4 April And i'm wondering is there anywhere in Cape town that shows English football games live ( pubs ) - i'll be staying in Camps Bay I need to see this game -- i know i'm sad :-) jj........

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 28, 2004
Travel plugs  (5 Answers)

My wife has asked me would a round 2 pin plug be ok for South Africa ??? we have a regular travel plug adapter jj.....

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 24, 2004
Cape Town and Visa Expertise needed  (2 Answers)

Any advice accepted. I am a UK citizen who is going out to South Africa with a view to live in Cape Town from April 2004 to December 2004. My queries are as follows; 1) What are the practicalities of staying longer than the official 6 month stay? Is it similar to other countries where you do ‘visa runs’ to neighbouring countries? Is the overstay fine acceptable? 2) What areas would you recommend to live in? I would like a studio/1 bed in a fairly safe yet central part of cape town. Plenty to walk around during the day – including the seafront. 3) What would the approximate cost of such a flat be per month?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 10, 2004
B&B in Durban?  (1 Answer)

Hello, anybody who feels like answering, we will start our trip in Durban and will go south from there. Since we arrive in Durban in the evening we should probably find some accomodation for the first 2 nights in advance. Question: Does anybody know a budget bed and breakfast with double rooms in a quieter part of the city? And/or can anybody tell us which parts of the city are the quieter ones? We are not exactly the tourist-balla-balla-partiy animals and don't like to listen to them at night. Thanks for any advice fuzzy mouse

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 03, 2004
Internet Cafes  (11 Answers)

Hello, everyone we will come to Southafrica mid-february and travel by car from Durban to Cape Town in about 14 days and stay in Cape Town another 7 days. Although I am on holidays I still might have to answer some urgent emails. Can anyone tell me about internet acces in hotels or internet Cafes between (and including) Durban and Cape Town? Thank you all! fuzzy_mouse Angelika

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