Travel Postcard: 48 Hours in Cape Town

Fri Dec 10, 2010 4:18pm EST
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By Steve James

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (Reuters Life!) - Bright sunshine and balmy evenings are alluring aspects for discerning travelers to explore Africa's southernmost city in springtime.

With its spectacular mountains and gorgeous beaches, Cape Town is perfect for outdoor activities like rock climbing, wind surfing and cycling. And after seeing lions and elephants on safari further north, you can watch whales, penguins and seals in the waters around the Cape of Good Hope.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a short stay in the city.

Stay at a Bed & Breakfast like the Walden House (5, Burnside Rd), an elegant Victorian house nestled under Table Mountain in the Tamboerskloof section of town.


6 p.m. - Wander down to the Waterfront, dotted with bars and restaurants and watch the sun set. You may even be joined by one or two of the local seals that love to sleep on the docks.

8 p.m. - Take a short cab ride to Bukhara (33 Church St), one of the so-called Mother City's best Indian restaurants. Besides the excellent chicken, lamb, seafood and vegetarian dishes, they offer an African specialty -- Ostrich tikka.

Saturday   Continued...

<p>Cars are parked along the historical Saint Georges street in Simon's Town, a suburb of Cape Town, October 1, 2010. REUTERS/Steve James</p>