Hi to all the Destinations Experts in Cape Town:)
I am a ballet academy owner and ballet teacher. We will be in SA with a group of 10 people to perform in a festival in Montagu. Then we will pass to CT for sightseeing and enjoying the city. Our group will be consisting of 6 girls aged btw 13-15 years old, and 4 women including me as the teachers and technical staff. We want to enjoy the city without missing anything, see and experience everything which is typical to CT or SA. So my plan is to work with a tour company to organise our trip with our needs and their suggestions. So I read the forums here and take note of the companies and guides recommended here. But if you have different suggestions of them, I will be happy to hear the adivices.
My questions is more for the accomodation:
We as group and me personnaly, we generally prefer vacation rentals and self catering houses while travelling, it is always much more comfortable. Here, in CT also I found some of them, really great and affordable but I have 2 questions:
1. About safety: I read so many forums here and around about this subjet and the parents of my students are so worried about this, I was wondering if staying in a self catering house would be less safe than a hotel?
2. About location: Most of the houses I found are in Camps Bay area. I understand that this is a beach area. So does it mean it will be isolated during winter time? (We will be there at July). Does the life continue there with people, shops, cafes and restaurants etc during winter also or not? And as I see the place to be is Waterfront for dinner etc, is it easy to reach there by taxi? It seems only around 10 minutes but is it easy to find a taxi in CT? And also even if it is vivid during winter time, I always choose locations to stay to make me feel that I am really in that city. So is Camps Bay reflect the soul of CT, will we feel like "this is CT" while we will be looking from window (all the houses has lovely views), or walking around home, or is it like any beach town in any coastal area, far away from the spirit of CT and SA.
And the same questions for Camps Bay apply also to Sea Point, Green Point and Mouille Point?
I prefer to find a place in Waterfront but could not find one to accomodate 10 people until now. And a final question: Waterfront and De Waterkant are the same place?
I know that I asked too much but as I am responsible for the whole group, especially for my young students, I want to be sure about everything.
Thanks from now:)