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Can you comment to safety issues please.

We've been told that you should not go out after dark?

We are looking at staying in the waterfront or greenpoint area.


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We visited in January 2023. 


Around dusk, safety officers appear at intersections. They seem to an amalgam of a security guard and a police officer. We felt safe walking but I would exercise caution, particularly late at night.


We stayed at the Westin, highly recommended. The Club lounge (access by Marriott Bonvoy status or room rate) includes an excellent cooked-to-order breakfast and evening happy hour.


Our guide (mentioned and endorsed a few posts above) cautioned us against using public transportation, particularly regional trains. He said if you have a cell phone at the beginning of your journey you won't have it at the end.


This is anecdotal, but we found that South Africa got a little grittier as we travelled east from Cape Town.



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On 6/13/2023 at 1:00 PM, rubyclaret said:

Stunning Photographs.


Appreciate this kind comment and follow-up about the South Africa visuals.  Lots to see and love there, making great memories kept alive in the photographs.    


From the London/UK Sunday Times this weekend, they had this headline: New Zealand vs South Africa — which is best?" with this sub-headline:  "Ahead of this weekend’s rugby World Cup final we’ve put the two countries head-to-head to find out which scores highest for holidaymakers — there’s a clear winner.


Here are some of their reporting highlights related to South Africa: “South Africa’s foodie scene is concentrated in the Western Cape, which makes sense because that’s where the nation’s wine industry is based. Fyn in downtown Cape Town is ranked 75th in the world’s 100 best restaurants list and describes itself as a 'neoteric Japanese-African experience'. Pretentious? Maybe, but great value: the eight-course, neoteric tasting menu is £80 (fynrestaurant.com).  Elsewhere, Pier at the V&A Waterfront was recently voted Africa’s Best Restaurant 2023 in the World Culinary Awards, with another bargain: 11 courses for £86 (pier.restaurant). Out of town, Chorus at the Waterkloof Wine Estate in Somerset West serves a gorgeous four-course lunch with wines for £53 (bertusbasson.com); and Darren Badenhorst’s Le Coin Français still owns the fantasy Franschhoek feast: six exquisite courses with local wines for £103 (lecoinfrancais.co.za).”


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THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio


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From Condé Nast Traveler magazine two days ago, they had this headline: 10 Friendliest Cities in the World" with this sub-headline: "The bustling metropolises you loved most this year, from Oceania to Mexico.


They asked questions about: Did an outgoing local go out of their way to give you directions? Easy to navigate? Get good vibes from the people around you?  They picked ten best cities in the world.  


Here are their reporting highlights:Complex, diverse, and steeped in history: Cape Town has all of South Africa’s best personality traits. The city lures travelers in with its scenic coastline (one of the best in the world), then invites them to stay with world-class restaurants and culturally rich museums—not to mention the stunning parks, beaches, and wineries that are just a quick drive away. Wander down Long and Bree streets for friendly, reliable eateries where you can mingle with local Cape Towners and drink excellent wine.”


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THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio


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From the London/UK Daily Mail this morning, they had this headline: The best cities in the world for culture in 2023 named with these background highlights: “Time Out's ranking was drawn up via a survey of 21,000 city-dwellers across the globe who were asked about the 'quality' and 'affordability' of their city's cultural scene.”


For South Africa, here is the highlight: "Third in the ranking is Cape Town, which was praised for its 'diverse' cultural scene. Cape Town's multiculturalism has 'lent the city an enviable offering when it comes to art and culture', Time Out says.  It adds: 'From the lively annual Kaapse Klopse street parade, to cabaret and comedy at mega-institutions Baxter Theatre and Artscape, every corner of South Africa's sprawling seaside has something to offer culture-seekers.'  Time Out notes that in the survey 'the city ranked highest overall for the quality of its cultural offerings', and locals praised its 'diverse' atmosphere."


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THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio


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Need to consider winter escapes?  From Condé Nast Traveler magazine earlier this month, they had this headline: 19 Warm Places to Visit" with this sub-headline:  "The only ice you’ll see is in your cocktail.


Here are some of the highlights:Cape Town:   Average winter temperatures: High of 83 degrees, low of 59 degrees.  Our winter is the best time to experience Cape Town, with pretty much perfect weather in terms of both temperatures and rainfall. While December and January mark the city’s high season—which means crowds and premium prices—it’s worth it to experience those incredible beaches, mountains, and vineyards in their absolute best light.  Make the trek up Lion’s Head for the best views in town. And when you need a break from the sun, just pick a restaurant out of a hat—it’s almost guaranteed to be delicious.


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THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio


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From the Lonely Planet website, they have just released their top, must-see lists for 2024.  Ranked at the top for countries deserving attention based on sustainability, they cited South Africa.


With the headline: Best in Travel 2024, they had these highlights for South Africa: “With Earth's biodiversity at a precarious juncture and an impressive crop of ecolodges committed to its protection, now is the time to take in South Africa's wild beauty. Spend star-studded nights glamping and if you're lucky, walk among giraffes and zebras like the humans of yore once did. This place is an ode to natural grandeur – penguins gather in droves along the coast and the fynbos shrub breathes life into the hills of the Western Cape."


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THANKS!  Enjoy!  Terry in Ohio


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