Makapa Lodge is a nice getaway form Cape Town. At the end of a drive in a quaint neighborhood you sit at the edge of Table Mountain National Park (Cape Point section). The area is very quiet and has a great view of the Atlantic Ocean from the pool/breakfast area. We had the room on the north side of the house just off the pool. It was rather cool at night, but the bed was comfortable and warm. The only complaint was the smell from the septic tank crept in to the bathroom so we had to keep the door closed which made the bathroom even colder. And that may just be this room--in reality we were only there a couple hours during the day each day, so for sleep it was just fine.
The location makes it a great jump off point to go to Simon's Town, Cape Point, and pretty much anywhere along the peninsula. If you enjoy birds there are quite a few around the grounds, including the stunning Cape Sugarbird--this was the only place I saw these. At night there were nightjars calling from the hillsides, and in the evening a Spotted Thick-knee was walking near the driveway.
The owners Ian and Margaret Minto were very helpful and if you want to see some cool wildlife in the area (specifically Flamingos) let them know and they can tell you exactly where things are. I didn't take advantage of their willingness to share till our last night and likely missed a few things.
If you go here expecting a 5 star resort you will be disappointed. But if you are looking for something in the country that is comfortable, quiet, and has a homey feel, definitely stay here!
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- This friendly Cape Town guest house is nestled against the mountain in Capri Village, Fish Hoek and offers visitors to the city a choice of bed and breakfast suites or a comfortable self catering cottage with beautiful views of the sea and mountains. ... more less
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