As part of our cruise package we had 2 nights at the St George's Hotel which is ideally located in the centre of the city. We enjoyed our stay there. It is starting to show its age but his adds to the atmosphere of friendliness. The downstairs restaurant is good for breakfast and an occasional evening meal. The hotel is also cheap by Ozzie standards, it was half the price we would pay for a similar bed in Melbourne.
On our fist night there we could not see any restaurants open in the vicinity so headed off to McDonalds. After 30 days of 5 course meals on the ship junk food and a milkshake went down very well.
The numerous Community Safety Officers on the streets gives one confidence to explore the city on foot, they are also very helpful when asking for directions. The mall is a vibrant busy central point for exploring, we found a delightful eatery where a simple toasted sandwich was served with chips and salad, all for AU$6 ! Market and souvenir stall that set up every day in the middle of the mall add to the ambience. Africans seem to be very happy people who love a joke and will break out into song dance with their own rhythms at any opportunity.




The Red Bus city tour is one of the "must do" attractions of Capetown, along with the cable car trip to the top of Table Mountain and a visit to Cape Point.
The red route starts at the Two Oceans Aquarium and tickets can be bought at the V&A Waterfront . Other stops after the Aquarium include, The Clock tower, Convention Centre, Cape Town, Tourism, St Georges Cathedral, SA Museum, SA Jewish Museum, District Six Museum, The Castle of Good Hope, Gold Museum, Jewel Africa, Table Mountain Cableway , Camps Bay, President Hotel and Sea Point.
The Blue route starts at the Two Oceans Aquarium and tickets can be bought at the V&A Waterfront. Other stops after the Aquarium include, The Clock tower, Convention Centre, Cape Town, Tourism, Kirstenbosch Gardens ,Imizamo Yethu, Mariner's Wharf, Camps Bay, President Hotel and Sea Point.
Both routes then return to the V&A Waterfront after the last stop.


My cousin Basil and his wife Liz picked us from the hotel for a wonderful 7 day stopover in their home. They gave up their time to take us to see a lot of that part of South Africa. We had met at a family reunion in Canada years ago, their hospitality was overwhelming. They were disappointed that the weather was not the best but we felt comfortable as it is the same as Melbourne in winter .

We also visited

Drakenstein Lion Park was established in 1998 to provide lions in distress with sanctuary, where they could live in safety, free from abuse and persecution, and be treated with the compassion and respect they deserved. The Park is situated in the scenic Cape Winelands and comprises of 50 acres of sprawling lion habitat.
V and A Waterfront
One of Cape Town's biggest tourist attractions, the Waterfront evokes images of the early activities of the harbour. Much of its charm lies in the fact that this busy commercial harbour is set in the midst of a huge entertainment venue with pubs, restaurants, specialty shops, craft markets, theatres and movies.

Cape Point
Cape Point is the South Western tip of South Africa.
It is so much more than a geographic marker. It is a huge national park with indigenous animals of all types living in their natural habitat. The funicular railway is a great way to reach the foot of the lighthouse.

it would be criminal to miss out on cape Point if you are in Cape Town

After 6 lovely days with Basil and Liz we returned to the St Georges Hotel as we had an early start to catch the overnight Premier Classe train to Johannesburg.
See the