Frommer's South Africa (Frommer's Complete Guides)
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- Insider advice from our author, a lifelong resident of South Africa, who hits all the highlights, including safaris in South Africa and Botswana, side trips to Victoria Falls, and vineyard tours outside Cape Town. She shares her favorite experiences you shouldn't miss: visiting Nelson Mandela's jail cell, watching whales from the sand dunes in Western Cape, enjoying a sunset from Table Mountain in Cape Town, rafting the churning waters of the Zambezi, and swimming with penguins on Boulders Beach.
- Where to find the wildest animal encounters, the best private game lodges and camps, the best parks and nature reserves, the best surfing and paragliding, and the best culinary treats--from high tea in Cape Town to braaing kreef (lobster) on the beach.
- Insightful commentary on South African history and where best to learn about it, including the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, Gauteng (the "cradle of humankind"), and the Vukani Collection of Zulu artifacts in Eshowe.
- Opinionated reviews. No bland descriptions and lukewarm recommendations. Our expert writers are passionate about their destinations--they tell it like it is in an engaging and helpful way.
- Exact prices listed for every establishment and activity--no other guides offer such detailed, candid reviews of hotels and restaurants. We include the very best, but also emphasize moderately priced choices for real people.
- User-friendly features including star ratings and special icons to point readers to great finds, excellent values, insider tips, best bets for kids, special moments, and overrated experiences.
considering only if you can get an upstairs room, specifically nos. 5, 14, or 15. Even more central, but not as good value, are Eendracht (& 021/883-8843; www.eendracht-hotel.com; R930–R1,870), which has bright but impersonal rooms and no real public spaces (other than around the pool), right in the center of historic Dorp Street; and D’Ouwe Werf—the oldest inn in South Africa, popular for its old-fashioned hospitality, with some increasingly tattered rooms in the original building that make me
request), iPod docking station. 5 THE WINELANDS Polkadraai Rd. (M12), 4km (21⁄2 miles) from Stellenbosch. P.O. Box 882, Stellenbosch 7599. & 021/8888000. Fax: 021/888-8001. www.asara.co.za. 34 units. Summer season R3,500 courtyard double, R3,800 classic deluxe double, R4,200 deluxe double, R5,600–R6,800 suite; green season R2,500 courtyard double, R2,800 classic deluxe double, R3,200 deluxe double, R4,600–R5,800 suite. Rates include breakfast. AE, DC, MC, V. Amenities: 2 restaurants; cigar and
families or for those wishing to prolong their stay—and, thanks to restaurant delivery services in most urban centers, you won’t even have to cook. A number of companies offer what is referred to as the Villa Stay, most of them in Cape Town. Icon Villas (www.icape.co.za) offers a particularly good service, with a wide range of properties, from flats in the center of Cape Town to private villas on game lodges; but it is the hands-on management by proprietor Therese Botha, with her attention to
Bay. If you’re clever enough to seek out this idyllic village, without street lights but with quick access to a mesmeric stretch of pristine white beach, you’ll probably want to stay at the sensational new Zensa Lodge (see below). Rodwell House Built—like so many of the gracious mansions on this seaboard—by a Randlord millionaire in the 1930s, Rodwell House is luxury on a grand scale, yet you’re invited to kick off your shoes and let your hair down. Start your day with a refreshing dip in the
(especially at R800 per head, including wine; a la carte W H E R E TO D I N E Salt T H E M OT H E R C I T Y: C A P E TO W N & T H E W I N E L A N D S Moments This is the most romantic dining experience in Cape Town: an 18th-century hunting lodge with extraordinary views and an enchanting location, hidden away in a little-known woodland version of Camps Bay. Lunch at Rumbullion and dinner at the Roundhouse make for two very distinctive dining experiences. At Rumbullion’s al fresco bistro-style