The Rough Guide to Cape Town, the Winelands, and the Garden Route is the ultimate travel guide to South Africa's most captivating city and its surrounding region. Full-color photography illustrates the finest of Cape Town's colonial architecture, vibrant neighborhoods, and iconic setting.
This guide will show you the best this cosmopolitan city has to offer — from fascinating museums, cutting edge fashion, and fine dining to whale watching, bungee jumping, and wine tasting. It's no wonder that Cape Town is an award-winning city, and The Rough Guide to Cape Town, the Winelands, and the Garden Route uncovers it all. Easy to use maps for each neighborhood make getting around easy. Andm detailed chapters feature all the best hotels, restaurants and bars, live music and clubs, shops, theater, kids' activities, and more.
You'll be sure to make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to Cape Town, the Winelands, and the Garden Route.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
A month in South Africa with 2 great books, 2 good maps & a GPS
By Julie W. Snyder
My husband and I spent the month of February touring South Africa by car. Our daughter had been there six months earlier and we used two of her books. The Rough Guide begins with a chapter entitled "Basics" and covers Getting There, Getting Around, Tours, Health, Media, Festivals (by the month), Parks, Reserves, Crime and Personal Safety, and Travel Essentials. This chapter was an excellent introduction to the country of South Africa.
The next large section is a "Guide" to Cape Town starting with the city centre and then describing some of the surrounding areas. The "Listings" section contains accommodations, restaurants, nightlife, theatre, shopping, sports, gay & lesbian Cape Town, and Cape Town for kids. We started our trip in Cape Town and the maps of the city in the Rough Guide were detailed and accurate. We walked a great deal in the downtown area and used this book on a daily basis.
The last large section is devoted to "Beyond the City" and this includes the winelands, whale coast, the garden route, little Karoo, and Port Elizabeth. We were in Cape Town for four days, then picked up our rental car at the airport and traveled north along the Atlantic Coast, then began our westward trek starting with the wineland area. We continued through the interior then south to a safari camp east of Port Elizabeth. After the safari we drove west along the Garden Route back towards Cape Town. The Rough Guide was a good reference, for information along the coast as we drove in areas close to Cape Town ending our month visiting the "real" Cape of Good Hope".
We always do a lot of reading and planning before we go, so it was great to see the places come alive in our travels. Rough Guides are known for their no nonsense, factual and explicit details for the world traveler. There are a few pictures, but this publication excels in its detailed maps. I enjoy maps and travel with a small compass so I can orient myself with each map.
This book was one of four items that we utilized before, during and going through our pictures once we arrived home. In addition to this book I have written reviews on the following items:
1. South Africa Country Road and Touring Map
2. The Rough Guide Map of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland
3. Insight Guide of South Africa
4. AC Power Travel Adapter plug for South Africa and Nambia - Dual Plug in ports
We also purchased a GPS South Africa Garmin in Cape Town ( $170 USD). The chip we ordered from a company through Amazon did not arrive in time as they lost our order. You cannot buy a chip for the Garmin in SA, it was a costly error.
I would heartily recommend any of the above items and studying them prior to your trip to South Africa for planning purposes.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
Not bad, but not great either.
This guidebook was a good overview of the area, but not as great as some other guidebooks I've used for other cities. It may be a personal preference thing, and I can't quite nail down what I don't like about this book, but the organization wasn't great and didn't make it easy to jump from activity to nearby activity. Also, in didn't go as indepth as I would have like about a lot of the different activities and how/where you can book them or have any reviews of different businesses offering them. The maps were also a bit confusing and one larger built in overall map of the city/surrounding area would have been really helpful in deciphering their smaller soomed in versions of just one neighborhood. If you're headed to cape town, I'd try a dfferent book.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
By Robert S. Joy
The book is written as a very easy read with tons of information. I've visited South Africa 20 years ago and I found the information useful in the book ad could relate to many personal observations made in the book.