By the locals’ own accounts, the Cape Town area has significant crime problems and poverty. It is not safe to walk around many areas of the city or beaches, especially at night. We understand criminals may not be targeting tourists exclusively, but tourists are often the victims of robbery and even violent crimes. Home break-ins are common, and the better hotels in the city staff guards to protect their property and guests. Although area residents take this in stride, reading reports about assaults in the news during a visit is disconcerting.
Table Mountain makes the cityscape one of the most recognizable and striking in the world. At the same time, the wine growing regions provide a wonderful contrast to urban areas. Cape Town’s ocean and beach views, beautiful setting and many attractive features make it a favorite for travelers from all over the world. Strong currencies like the euro, pound, and even the dollar provide good buying power for travelers while local products and services are a terrific value. The city offers kind weather, clean streets, and a healthy and tourist friendly environment. What more can we ask?
Currency South African rand
Location The southwestern tip of South Africa
Transportation Rental car, taxis and private tours
Local beer and wines are terrific and have historically been excellent value for money. Lately, we have found ever increasing fine wines – with fine prices to match them. Food in general, especially seafood, has been good although we battle to find world class gourmet restaurants. South African sparkling wine is a pleasant alternative to champagne and a fraction of the price.
One of these is the famous Table Mountain National Park which can be reached on a clean and pretty 65-seat cable car with a 360-degree panoramic view. The Table Mountain Cableway has been in operation since 1929. Although at times it’s overcrowded, especially in the cable car arrivals and departures areas, on a clear day the view at the top is worth the hassle. At times, it’s so windy they close the mountain. We found it useful to check if the mountain is open before making plans.
Wine is among South Africa’s most noble export products. One of the salient characteristics of the South African wine is its consistent high quality. For foodies and wine lovers, the wine area near Cape Town is worth the short drive. Charming restaurants and wineries, historic towns and beautiful scenery are the rewards.
Following are some fun spots.