Wednesday, 31 December 2014

In and around Cape Town, South Africa

It's a long, expensive, overnight flight from Britain to South Africa but it's worth it, now and then, for a change of scenery, change of weather and a change of pace. Cape Town is in a similar time zone to the UK and their seasons are opposite to ours which makes it ideal to visit during Britain's autumn or winter months.

Apartments near VA Waterfront, Cape Town, SA
We stayed in the heart of Cape Town, between the business centre and the marina. The vibrant V&A Waterfront was a leisurely five minute stroll along the canal (shown in the picture) past the aquarium, the craft centre, the dry dock and the food court with its variety of delicious meals and snacks.

The V&A Waterfront has everything: restaurants offering global cuisine, an up-market shopping mall, local gifts and crafts, entertainment, supermarkets, etc. Service was always with a smile.

V&A is named after Victoria, the British Queen, and Alfred, her son.

Outside of Cape Town, there are pleasant nearby drives offering a variety of scenery along the Atlantic coast, Indian ocean and inland through the wine regions. You may see whales, ostriches, penguins and a variety of other animals on your travels.

Finally, when you return home and open the credit card statement, you realise what great value the holiday was!