Table Mountain is a must.
Hitch on one of their crazy buses.
visited cape town in June 08…You absolutely must have dinner at Mama Africa….Great food (must have the malva pudding for desert!!!!) and great live entertainment at night!
the Che bar(named after Che Guevara) is a good spot if your looking for inexpensive cocktails and the bartenders there are really nice!
also take a tour to Robben Island and see where nelson Mandela was imprisoned for so long…its pretty cheap around twenty bucks especially since the exchange rate is so high.
ummmmm you ABSOLUTELYMUST go to CAPEPOINT!!!! its breathtaking and definitely a place you dont want to miss out on in south africa. But you probably dont want to do a tour because that can be more expensive…Im a student too so I understand how important it is to be as cheap as possible. You can rent a car (its super cheap) and drive to Cape Point. Its about and hour away but pretty much a staight shot from town (but remember they drive on the other side of the road lol). but it was really easy getting there we used a kiddy map with hardly any details and we got there just fine. on the way you’ll want to stop at Boulder’s beach where they have a penguin colony…It’s just absolutley spectacular and I wouldnt recommend you skip it:)
hope this helps…let me know if you have any questions I would love to help you. I guess Im soooo enthusiastic because I had a great time there!! I HOPEYOU DO TO!!!
Go up to the top of Table Mountain. Also, there is a place outside of town where you get on a boat, go out a little and there’s a ton of seals around this rock that just off the coast. Really cool, but I cant remember the name of the place.
Hmmm…Cadiz for 4 days, then Cape Town for 5 a few weeks later… You’re doing Semester at Sea, arent you? I went in Fall 2000. If you have any questions let me know.
Haha, yes I am. We sail in 5 days and I’m really only now researching what to check out. Any suggestions of what to see / the highlights of your trips or even tips for the boat would be really helpful.
Our itinerary is Nassau > Cadiz > Casablanca > Namibia > Cape Town > Mauritius > Chennai > Bangkok > Viet Nam > Hong Kong / Shanghai > Kobe / Yokohama > Honolulu > Guatalama.
That’s an awesome itinerary. I didn’t go to all the places youre going, but Ive been to some. When I went it was Vancouver > Kobe > Shanghai > Ho Chi Minh City > Penang > Chennai > Mombasa > Cape Town > Salvador > Havana. We were supposed to go to Egypt, Turkey, Croatia and Spain but after the bombing of the USS Cole, they changed our course. I did eventually make it to Cadiz, but cant remember much. In Chennai, there’s a town that’s like 50 miles south of the city called Mahibalipuram or something like that. It has some nice temples if you can get there. Vietnam is a cool place. See if you can get to the Cu Chi Tunnels. I was just in Hong Kong last summer, and had a blast. Make sure you go up to the top of Victoria Peak. Also, every night they have a sound and light show with the skyscrapers in HK. To see it, stand on the waterfront in Kowloon near the Star Ferry terminal. When I was there, I think it started around 8. If you ask around, you can find out exactly when it is. In Shanghai, go up either the Jin Mao Tower or the Pearl of the Orient Tower. Both are on the Pudong side of the river (the side with the really tall skyscrapers; probably the side opposite where you dock). Then, to get from there back to the Bund, take the tourist pedestrian tunnel, its really trippy. Also, walk down Nanjing Rd. at night – it comes alive and is so vibrant, its awesome. In Kobe, see if you can get to Nara. There’s this park there that has a temple and there’s all these deer there. They just walk around and arent afraid of people so you can get real close to them. They actually come up to you if you get food to feed them. That was really neat. Kobe is a fun place though, you’ll have a good time. In Honolulu, go snorkeling or scuba diving, preferably on the North Shore. If you ask around, you can find places that rent the necessary equipment. Alternatively, you could go to Hanauma Bay, where I know they rent it. Its more beautiful, but much more crowded.
I saw your note about being a student and all, so I tried to suggest things that are either in town or close to where you’d be landing. If you have some money and can afford to go on some of the longer trips, let me know and I can suggest some more stuff. Of the countries on your itinerary, I have been to Spain, Morocco, South Africa, India, Vietnam, China, Japan, and Hawaii. I cant tell you much about the boat because when I went they had a different one. Its basically a cruise ship, and I think yours is better, bigger and newer than the one we were on, so it should be nice. Bring a jacket and something for seasickness. You might need those as you go around the Horn of Africa. Its not bad though. Bring a deck of cards and of course a camera. If you decide to get your pictures printed out/developed before you get home, Vietnam is a good place to do it. I think that’s about it. You’ll have a great time. My voyage (they’ll correct you if you call it a cruise:) could very well be the highlight of my life. If you have any other questions, or if you want some more recommendations, let me know. Just out of curiosity, they probably sent you a book with all the trips in it. In China, do they have anything going to either Tibet or Xinjiang? Thats cool you’re in Burke – I work in Springfield.
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