Moving to Cape Town, South Africa

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    Oct 16, 2012 8:26 AM GMT
    Edit: I typed this post really late last night and forgot to mention what city, whoops, haha. But I'm going to Cape Town.

    Okay, so maybe not "moving" for good, but I will be interning there from January till April. I'm interested in finding out what anyone feels is worthy of being mentioned. Some things I'd like to know off the top of my head:

    1. Is the gay culture really as awesome as I have heard it is? I've heard there are some awesome gay beaches... how about the night life? Any places you'd recommend?

    2. Where would you recommend living if I will be working downtown?

    3. Recommend any gyms?

    4. What is the best type of food down there?

    5. Things you'd recommend me to check out? I've thought about doing the big bungee jump out there and maybe a cage dive. Safari would be awesome as well.

    Thanks!
  • kew1

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    Oct 16, 2012 11:45 AM GMT
    I should use the quote button so you can't alter your posting & make me look silly, but which city? icon_smile.gif Can't give you an answer but it'll help others.
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    Oct 16, 2012 12:52 PM GMT
    if you're going to africa, how come you're white?
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    Oct 16, 2012 12:59 PM GMT
    calibro saidif you're going to africa, how come you're white?


    OMG! You can't just ask people why they're white.
    Besides I think he's from Michigan...
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    Oct 16, 2012 2:02 PM GMT
    calibro saidif you're going to africa, how come you're white?


    Firstly, there are 6 million white South-Africans.

    Secondly, what does colour have to do with it?
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    Oct 16, 2012 2:07 PM GMT
    I miss the rains down in Africa
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    Oct 16, 2012 2:14 PM GMT
    Dash said
    calibro saidif you're going to africa, how come you're white?


    Firstly, there are 6 million white South-Africans.

    Secondly, what does colour have to do with it?


    I'm pretty sure he was making a joke.

    As for OP, you might want to specify which city you'll be visiting/staying so that those who live in SA can give you a decent advice.
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    Oct 16, 2012 2:17 PM GMT
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    Oct 16, 2012 4:45 PM GMT
    Man I have yet to meet a hot South African, I am there every January, own a home there and spend 6 weeks at a time loving the country but never meeting any hot guys!
    Enjoy the country and hit on the straight guys icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 16, 2012 4:47 PM GMT
    Oh and the guy who say how come you're white?
    Cmon guys he was kidding! All you lamers commenting on an obvious funny line!
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    Oct 16, 2012 4:48 PM GMT
    Being a white South African in Cape Town, I will help how I can.

    To quote your message, my answers in italics

    Okay, so maybe not "moving" for good, but I will be interning there from January till April. I'm interested in finding out what anyone feels is worthy of being mentioned. Some things I'd like to know off the top of my head:

    1. Is the gay culture really as awesome as I have heard it is? I've heard there are some awesome gay beaches... how about the night life? Any places you'd recommend?

    Not being into the gay culture here myself, but I've found it is a decent group, depending where you are, the cities have their gay communities, which can be a bit smaller than people expect. Despite legal rights, laws allowing gay marriage and laws forbidding discrimination on gender or sexual orientation, South Africa is largely a conservative nation.

    There are a few clubs. I live in Cape Town, and I'm not sure about a "gay beach" but the locals gays have called Clifton 3 their own.


    2. Where would you recommend living if I will be working downtown?
    Depends where you are living, You don't want to live in downtown Joburg

    3. Recommend any gyms?
    There are three major gym chains
    http://www.virginactive.co.za/
    http://www.planetfitness.co.za/ (not linked to the PF in the USA) and http://www.zonefitness.co.za/ just in Cape Town.

    I have a Virgin Active contract


    4. What is the best type of food down there?
    Take your pick... I would recommend the steak. Or try an ostrich burger

    5. Things you'd recommend me to check out? I've thought about doing the big bungee jump out there and maybe a cage dive. Safari would be awesome as well.

    Here I am not really a good tour guide, although here is a lot of base jumping, sky diving and Kite surfing in cape town, warning, the water is very cold
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    Oct 16, 2012 4:50 PM GMT
    gymmuscle10 saidMan I have yet to meet a hot South African, I am there every January, own a home there and spend 6 weeks at a time loving the country but never meeting any hot guys!
    Enjoy the country and hit on the straight guys icon_wink.gif


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    Oct 16, 2012 5:53 PM GMT
    Dash said
    calibro saidif you're going to africa, how come you're white?


    Firstly, there are 6 million white South-Africans.

    Secondly, what does colour have to do with it?


    Relax, he was referencing to the movie quote from Mean Girls icon_cool.gif
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    Oct 16, 2012 6:04 PM GMT
    Dash said
    calibro saidif you're going to africa, how come you're white?


    Firstly, there are 6 million white South-Africans.

    Secondly, what does colour have to do with it?


    Some people get it some people never will! What a retarded reply!
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    Oct 16, 2012 6:15 PM GMT
    Dash said
    calibro saidif you're going to africa, how come you're white?


    Firstly, there are 6 million white South-Africans.

    Secondly, what does colour have to do with it?


    appreciating you taking the time to make your first post about me, but if you're going to post in the forums, you need to spend less time taking pics of your chiseled physique in the mirror and spend more time watching means girls. it's the bible 'round these parts.

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    Oct 16, 2012 6:32 PM GMT
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    Oct 16, 2012 7:57 PM GMT
    I have a friend who lives there. He has moved around a bit but now lives in Pretoria.

    As an American/Canadian (he's both), his perspective is that he likes it on the surface but it's a difficult place long term. The white local community is insular, myopic and racist (I'm sure this doesn't apply to Ma_ct), and while he gets along better with black locals, the cultural gulf with an out, proud, affluent Western gay guy can be very difficult to bridge.
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    Oct 16, 2012 8:17 PM GMT
    Clearly I missed the reference to Mean Girls, but in my defense, I haven't seen it.

  • Kel_

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    Oct 16, 2012 9:18 PM GMT
    According to Wikipedia.

    Racial makeup (2001)[2]
    • Black African 5.6%
    • Coloured 70.7%
    • Indian/Asian 3.4%
    • White 20.2%
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    Oct 16, 2012 9:23 PM GMT
    gymmuscle10 saidMan I have yet to meet a hot South African, I am there every January, own a home there and spend 6 weeks at a time loving the country but never meeting any hot guys!
    Enjoy the country and hit on the straight guys icon_wink.gif


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    Oct 16, 2012 9:28 PM GMT
    gymmuscle10 saidMan I have yet to meet a hot South African, I am there every January, own a home there and spend 6 weeks at a time loving the country but never meeting any hot guys!
    Enjoy the country and hit on the straight guys icon_wink.gif


    I'm an American living in South Africa for the past 2.5 years... and I have met A LOT of hot South African men.... In fact.... I'm over American men... I'll take a Saffa anyday! The english South African accent is very sexy and the Afrikaans accent can be too... especially when they speak Afrikaans during sex.... so hot icon_smile.gif
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    gymmuscle10 saidMan I have yet to meet a hot South African, I am there every January, own a home there and spend 6 weeks at a time loving the country but never meeting any hot guys!
    Enjoy the country and hit on the straight guys icon_wink.gif


    I'm an American living in South Africa for the past 2.5 years... and I have met A LOT of hot South African men.... In fact.... I'm over American men... I'll take a Saffa anyday! The english South African accent is very sexy and the Afrikaans accent can be too... especially when they speak Afrikaans during sex.... so hot icon_smile.gif


    Just read his profile, you'll understand! icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 16, 2012 11:17 PM GMT
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    4. What is the best type of food down there?
    Take your pick... I would recommend the steak. Or try an ostrich burger
    ...


    Biltong. Snoek. Cape Malay cuisine.
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    Oct 16, 2012 11:50 PM GMT
    Dash saidClearly I missed the reference to Mean Girls, but in my defense, I haven't seen it.



    that's like telling a judge you didn't know murder was against the law
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    Oct 17, 2012 2:47 PM GMT

    Hey...

    Well what can I say, peoples perceptions of cape town are as different as the cape town weather report for the week. It's more of a personal thing where you have to experience it and make your own judgement. Cape town is very laid back and relaxed kinda Bohemian chic, we have a huge love for good comedy and jazz.

    Gay culture around the city districts are fine and relaxed but not so much in many other parts, that's what I've come to notice. The greenpoint area is "gay central" where you have your clubs and bars, saunas, restuarants, and accomadation. partying is great especially in summer (November, December, January, February, March). Not really gay beaches but like someone said, yeah, Clifton 3 is basically where most gay guys would openly relax on a great day.

    Places I'd reccomend: Bronx action bar, Navigaytion, and Manhattan cafe. The males only sauna is Hot House. And, Cubana Latino bar, not gay but gay friendly and a great place for having a great night out.

    Where would I reccomend you live??? Student village kinda area would be Newlands, Mowbray, Observatory, Claremont. Those are nice areas and very social. If you want something closer, then central city would be a great option but look at Long street (great place for night life), Adderley street and Strand street. For more modern living try the foreshore area of the city (working district and newest part of the city). You should also look around greenpoint and Sea Point areas those are along thebeach and within walking distance from the city. If you want upmarket luxury, look at the Marina at the Waterfront, very expensive but its cape towns best. A bit further out but easy to travel to the city and a great area, nice modern and quiet, have a look at Century City, its a small gated "city" area and has Canal Walk, the 4th largest mall in Africa.

    Gyms have been recommended already.

    Food, huge variety, can't really recommend here... But try the local cape Malay and local Indian. Its different from the rest of SA. but take your pick, Moroccan, Chinese, Turkish, Italian... there just about something for everyone, with a slight cape town twist to most. Food you find everywhere and its affordable.

    Bungee, uhm yeah... that's for the long week ends. its about four hours drive, give or take, out of cape town. Cage diving with the great whites, you can try that its very safe unlike what some people may say. Cage-less swimming with sharks in the aquarium (though no great whites), diving in Simon's town, the navy festival in Simon's town, hike up Table Mountain, cable car up Table Mountain and have lunch at the restuarant on top. Paragliding, kite surfing, surfing, rock climbing (in door or out door), ride an ostrich, Cape Town International Jazz Festival... You'll have to decide. Oh and the Safari thing... That's a few hours outta cape town. best place for that is the Kruger national park. otherwise its mostly small game.

    Well that's my piece...