I am attending a Convention in Cape Town in June, and have planned to meet up with a girlfriend (non-romantic) for a few days before the meeting. We have already booked a wine tour/safari, during which we will stay in a lodge (1 night). During the convention (3 nights) we will be staying near the convention center in the city. We will not have a car.
My question is about what to do during those first jet lagged days before the safari.
I am considering arriving an extra day early because I am going to be traveling from California. I am in my 60's and jet lag is harder than it used to be. My friend is in her 30's, from Sweden and will hardly change time zones. We are both in great health and enjoy hiking, easy bike riding, reading on the beach, drinking beer and laughing.
If I come a day early, it will be 3 days and 3 nights for me, 2 days and 2 nights for her. I was thinking it might be interesting to stay outside of Cape Town in Camps Bay for those first few days. If it were summer, this would be a no-brainer. But since it will be late fall/winter and likely to rain I wonder about this choice. For instance, I have looked at several hotels that have balconies facing the water. If the wind is blocked and it is sunny I could see enjoying some hours out there. But if it is cold . . . not.
So -- should I stay those first 3 nights in Camp Bay or elsewhere?
If not in Camp Bay where?
Is it worth it in June to pay for a sea view balcony?
Are 3 days too many - should we move around?
Thanks so much.