We will be going on our honeymoon to Cape Town this year.
any suggestions on hotels to stay (booking with points), places to eat, things to see, transportation recommendations?
Capetown is unusual place to spend honeymoon, but perhaps you'll find it intriguing. I was there several years ago on a mission trip speaking at the University of Capetown and other educational colleges, and staying in nearby Rondebosch, outside the city. One week end, I took the photo below of Table Mountain, which overlooks Capetown.
We hiked up the mountain, which is no small chore, and took cable car back down. You can go both ways on it, if you'd prefer.
A side trip to the historic Cape of Good Hope (below), and returned via east coast to see a spectacular site, warm weather penguins
We also drove north to Stellenbosch and visited several wineries in the Paarl Valley(below) tasting their delicacies, and took time to visit the famous Cecil Rhodes house (the former owner of African gold mines, and benefactor of Rhodes Scholarships), house in photo below.
Since I stayed with a Dutch couple in Rondebosch, I can't comment on hotels downtown, but I would warn that downtown Capetown - at least many years ago - not extremely safe. It might be entirely different now. When I was there ('90s) they showed on public TV how to surrender your auto without getting injured.
If you're driving, remember that SA was settled by the British, so they drive as they do in England. From the airport into the city you will likely pass by one of the largest, poor "neighborhood" (cardboard houses) in the area. Hopefully, this is no longer there either.
Check it out before you go!
Nice write up with helpful information. I plan to go there next year and stay at the Marriott Protea at the V&A waterfront. Hope it is a safe area as stated. Long flight to get there. From there intend to fly to Port Elizabeth for a Malaria free safari.
I just booked my trip for the end of May (17') at African Pride 15 On Orange Hotel (also using points). It's also my first time in Cape Town, so I figured I would go for the highest category hotel. This strategy has served me well in the past, and the points per night also seem very reasonable. I even got the fifth night free, so that worked in my favor too. Depending on if you are planning to drive or not, I've heard from friends of friends that live there that Kruger National Park is worth the trip. Their website is nicely designed, and is worth taking a look at:Kruger National Park | South African Safari and Lodging Guide
Hope you have a great trip!
imjustappalled We are also booking 4 nights in Cape Town for this coming December. Wondering how you got the 5th night free? Is that through points or was there some kind of promotion? Thanks.
The 5th night free comes with booking a stay with points...you book 5 nights and pay the equivalent of 4 Nights.
Hi! I found this on the FAQ page, I think this should help. And yes, this is due to me using points for me stay:
"The 5th night free is automatically applied when you reserve for minimum 5-night redemption stay. A minimum stay of 5 redemption nights at one hotel is required to receive the 5th night free."
Most are talking about the Marriott bought properties. Before Marriott bought them, I read that they were run down and from what I am reading Marriott has not gotten to all of them to renovate. There is a Westin (now Marriott) that is supposed to be really nice. You can convert your Marriott points to SPG and stay there getting the 5th night free too. It is by the convention center and they have a free shuttle to the waterfront. They also arrange for transportation from the airport for a fee. I have decided to stay there on my trip next year.
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