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    • Camps Bay BeachVictoria Road, Cape Town 8005 South Africa
      Nick Miller recommended Camps Bay Beach
      Hi Sarah Beth This will almost certainly give you All you are looking for - look at the POD Hotel (other recommendations available) - Camps Bay is a wonderful beach, it backs on to the 12 Apostle ... read more
      Mountains (although quite a hike up to where the trails start and then even more of a climb but the views are to die for. Fantastic choice of restaurants right across from the beach and only 20 or so minutes from Cape Town makes this a perfect place to tick all of your boxes, have fun!
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    • Marina Murray commented on this trip

      Here are a few websites you can have a look at, and

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    • Kirstenbosch Botanical GardenSouthern Suburbs, Cape Town, South Africa
      Matthew Crompton recommended Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
      Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous botanical gardens set in the lee of Table Mountain's southern flank, which towers above them, Kirstenbosch is nothing short of delightful. Showcasing the indigenous flora ... read more
      of the Western Cape, its sprawling, immaculately manicured lawns, arboreta, glades, and flower gardens are home to scads of bird- and animal-life, and make together make for what is likely Cape Town's most beautiful non-beach outing. Grab a bottle of Simonsig Chenin Blanc, a baguette, and some brie, and make it a picnic.
      Recommended for:Outdoor Enthusiasts
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      Matthew Crompton

      Also, this sprawling garden and park is astonishing. Long walks in the woods are also possible here -- don't miss it.

    • Matthew Crompton recommended Cape Town
      Possibly (ok, PROBABLY) the world's most beautiful city, Cape Town is the cosmopolitan heart of southern Africa. Five-star dining, five-star shopping, five-star nightlife, and one of the most ... read more
      colorfully mixed cultures on Earth make it a stunning place to explore for a week or more. This, however, is just the beginning. With the 1000-meter colossus of Table Mountain looming above stunning white-sand beaches, and the peaks of the Twelve Apostles backing some of the planet's most dramatic cliffs and coastline, it's also blessed with a natural setting that puts other cities positively to shame. Whether you're partying, catching a concert in the park at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, chilling with the penguins at Boulders Beach, or just eating some of the tastiest Cape-Malay food ever made, Cape Town is a city that will captivate you, and have you planning your next visit before you've even left.
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      Matthew Crompton

      For what you're looking for, I'd start my search around Camps Bay and Clifton at the city's western beaches. Cape Town is a little bit spread out, so getting to the forest may require a little bit of travel, but otherwise, you've got what you're looking for right there. Downside is that Camps Bay is one of Cape Town's most expensive neighborhoods, so be aware. Good luck! =)

    • Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and Luxury LodgesR43 Between Stanford and Gansbaai, 7220, South Africa
      Pro 2014
      Arlo Hemphill recommended Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and Luxury Lodges
      Heated marble floors, bed coverings you simply melt into, world-class dining and a private nature reserve of unparalleled beauty are the things I remember most about my stay at Grootbos. Oh, and that ... read more
      this is where I first went diving with great white sharks in the waters just off Gaansbai! This place is beyond idyllic. It is pure luxury and a slice of heaven on Earth.
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      Arlo Hemphill

      The natural habitat of the Cape is amongst the most unique in the world. It is called the "Cape Floristic Region" and consists largely of shrubs and grass-shrublands, full of globally unique flora. One of the best places to immerse yourself in this natural wonder is at the Groobos Private Reserve and Lodges. This is a bit outside of Cape Town - in Gansbaai, but well worth the trip.

    • Cape Grace HotelWest Quay Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa
      Pro 2014
      Arlo Hemphill recommended Cape Grace Hotel
      Spectacular waterfront hotel in the Cape Town harbor. Elegant, opulent and, frankly, almost over the top, is how I'd describe this place. True luxury residences in an coastal urban setting. ... read more
      Unparalleled on the African continent and on par with the best of the best worldwide. Loved staying here, and really enjoyed the waterfront surrounds as well.
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      Arlo Hemphill

      Hi Sarah,

      I can't think of a hotel that answers all of these (especially forest, which is not really the habitat around Cape Town. Think more like a Mediterranean scrub-grassland). However, the best hotel in Cape Town in my book is the Cape Grace. It is a gorgeous place, right on the harbor and in walking distance to numerous restaurants and city attractions. You'll have to arrange transport to the beach and to Table Mountain, but otherwise this is as central as it gets!

    • Summer Wilms commented on this trip

      What kind of price range are you looking at?

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