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Between Games in Cape Town- Downtime During the World Cup

Events, Things to Do, Travel Tips — By iminglin on May 3, 2010 at 6:34 pm

You’ve booked your tickets, found a place to stay, and have airplane tickets in hand.   While you know where you’ll be on match day, what are your options between games?  Here are a few suggestions (within walking distance/a short drive from the stadium) for before, after, or between games in Cape Town.  With the new IRT system linking the airport, city centre, and stadium; and the pedestrian only zones from the city to the Waterfront and stadium, Cape Town will be a pleasure to explore by foot.

Historical

1. Book (well ahead of time) tickets to visit Robben Island, the famous prison home to many many anti-apartheid activists including Nelson Mandela.

2. Visit the National Gallery, the Slave Lodge, and the other museums along “the parade.”

Cultural

1. Take a stroll through the streets of the Bo Kaap to get a feel for one of the older “coloured” neighborhoods.

2. Visit the District Six museum for information on apartheid and the coloured community.

3. Hop on a bus to take a township tour.

Natural

1. Hike (or cable car) up Table Mountain and Lion’s Head

2. Stroll along the Greenpoint Promenade

3. Head to Clifton or Camp’s Bay for volleyball, beach time, and sundowners

Shopping

1. Visit Heartworks for gifts that give back to the community

2. Check out the crafts at Greenmarket Square

3. For ease and convenience, head to the shops at the Waterfront

Further Afield

If you’re looking for short day or multi-day trips between games, make sure to check out the Stellenbosch/Franschoek winelands, Cape Point, a coastal drive to Hermanus, and other highlights mentioned in the Nile Guide.

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