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View Poll Results: Cairo - Cape Town - Johannesburg
Cairo 1 5.26%
Cape Town 17 89.47%
Johannesburg 1 5.26%
Voters: 19. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-14-2013, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Key West
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I wasn't sure where to put this, because the city vs city forum is mostly for United States cities.

Nightlife? Safety? Climate? Architecture?
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Old 10-13-2013, 08:24 AM
 
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Nightlife: Cape Town or Johannesburg. Both awesome so hard to say.

Safety: Cape Town by far. Safe and easy to get around. I wouldn't rely on public transport. You can LITERALLY do it, but it's less reliable cos the train only covers 2/3rds of the city and only 1/3rd of the best tourist spots. There are buses and obviously many taxis- but seriously the roads are better than anywhere I've ever been - so fake Fake like you're in San Fran, rent a car and just enjoy the place - you can drive anywhere with ease. Mind you, I'm a new-worlder and don't like public transport, so for me a place you can get a car and drive is always preferable, and Cape Town is an A+ for that.

Climate: Johannesburg by far. Best big city weather I know. Cape Town's weather is a lot like San Fran's but 10 degrees warmer and without the fog- but South Africans hate it cos it's the WORST weather in the country!

Architecture: Cape Town or Cairo. Cape Town has great 17th to 21st century stuff, strewn throughout the city. Very very beautiful. There's an 18th and 19th Cape Malay district of Georgian houses known as THE BOKAAP which is awesome, and you should check out the old Wine Estates in the city like GROOT CONSTANTIA, as well as older buildings like THE CASTLE. Cairo of course has the ANCIENT Architectural stuff which is rad- but a relatively small part of the city. Johannesburg has some nice modern buildings and monuments, but it's not even 130 years old so it hasn't 'settled in' architecturally. It's reminiscent of L.A.

Overall: Cape Town with NO question. My fav city in the world.
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Old 10-13-2013, 08:30 AM
 
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Oh, the BOKAAP is techni-color! Google to check it out. Amazing.

Cairo's weather is really hot- uncomfortably so often. It's dry and dusty, being a desert! Think Las Vegas for comparison (I'm assuming you're American, maybe just projecting )
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Old 11-05-2013, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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You see more police and soldiers per square inch in Cairo than in the other two. I stay away from the center of Cape Town where I have been robbed twice. I stopped going to Jo'burg long ago. I prefer other parts of the Western Cape, but never miss a chance to drive into the city to go to Clifton Beaches. If I stay anywhere in Cape Town, it is in higher-end guesthouses in lily-white areas, remote from the center or in de Waterkant.
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Old 11-05-2013, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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I stay away from the center of Cape Town where I have been robbed twice.
I've never quite understood this. Been all over the US, including what were at time pretty dangerous cities such as DC and Baltimore, and I've never been mugged/robbed. I go to San Francisco every few months and have done so for decades - nothing has ever happened even in dicier neighborhoods. I don't think I'd enjoy going somewhere where the easy possibility of crime such as that was always in the forefront of my mind.
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Old 11-06-2013, 01:51 PM
 
Location: South Portland, ME
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I've only been to Johannesburg out of the three, and I voted for Cape Town... lol
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