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Venue - the Breakwater Lodge Hotel, Cape Town

Cape Town pics

The COSS-TT meeting 2017 will take place at the Breakwater Lodge Hotel in Cape Town South Africa, which is located very close to Cape Town's sea front. The hotel will provide our conference rooms, space for posters and we will also have breaks and lunches at the hotel.


Cape Town

Cape Town (Afrikaans: Kaapstad [ˈkɑːpstɐt]; Xhosa: Ikapa) is a coastal city in South Africa. It is the second most populous urban area in South Africa, after Johannesburg and the provincial capital and primate city of the Western Cape. As the seat of the National Parliament it is also the legislative capital of the country. 

The city is famous for its harbour, for its natural setting in the Cape Floristic Region, as well as for such well-known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point. As of 2014, it is the 10th most populous city in Africa and home to 64% of the Western Cape's population. It is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, reflecting its role as a major destination for immigrants and expatriates to South Africa. In 2014, Cape Town was named the best place in the world to visit by both the American New York Times and the British Daily Telegraph.

Located on the shore of Table Bay, Cape Town was first developed by the Dutch East India Company as a victualling (supply) station for Dutch ships sailing to East Africa, India, and the Far East. Jan van Riebeeck's arrival on 6 April 1652 established the first permanent European settlement in South Africa. Cape Town quickly outgrew its original purpose as the first European outpost at the Castle of Good Hope, becoming the economic and cultural hub of the Cape Colony. Until the Witwatersrand Gold Rush and the development of Johannesburg, Cape Town was the largest city in South Africa. (Source: Wikipedia)



Room-block: We have managed to arrange a room-block booking at the Protea Hotel Victoria Junction Hotel (no 7 on map) for a rate of 1593 ZAR per night including breakfast. Information on how to book a room can be obtained from the programme office. Please note that the last day for bookings under this arragement is the 13 March 2017.

Please find below a list of other recommended hotels and guesthouses in the area which are in walking distance from the COSS-TT meeting venue, the Breakwater Lodge, marked by (x) on the map. Hotel costs are reasonable (between R650 - 2000; ~£35-115, €45-135; $50-145), but please make sure to book your accommodation as soon as possible. Bigger hotels are starting to be close to sold out (status mid-Dec 2016). There are more good hotels in the area. Please feel free to search the diverse hotel websites and the usual web booking portals and use modifiable/refundable rates in case your travel details change later.

Hotel locations




NoGuest-housesSingle roomDouble roomBreakfastWifiParkingDistance from venueRSVP DATE BYPayment method
1Altona LodgeR 650.00R 800.00includedyes 1.9km30-Dec-16credit card/cash/eft
2Point B GuesthouseR 950.00R 1,500.00includedyesyes1.8km30-Dec-16credit card/cash/eft
3Brenwin Guest House Green pointR 990.00R 1,540.00includedYes unlimitedstreet parking only1.5km30-Dec-16credit card/cash/eft
4Avatara GuesthouseR 1,200.00R 2,000.00includedyesyes1.4km 30-Dec-16 cash/eft
5Braeside B&BR 1,260.00R 1,260.00includedyesyes, off street2km09-Dec-16credit card/cash/eft
6Jambo Guest House Green pointR 1,400.00R 1,700.00R 1,500Yes only in certain areasparking only for 2 cars and street parking1.6km07-Dec-16credit card/cash/eft


Prices above were correct in early December but might since have changed. Please check room rates directly with the hotel.

Cape Town areas

If hotels close to the venue are all booked you might want to look for places that are a short taxi ride away, unfortunately public transport is not very reliable in SA.

Popular / practical areas to stay include

  1. the City Bowl area, including Gardens, Oranjezicht, and Tamboerskloof;
  2. the Atlantic Seaboard including Green Point, Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay.

Try to go not much further away due to traffic considerations and the convenience of being close to town.


Special events

Our host, the Nansen-Tutu Centre and SAEON will sponsor an ice breaker and a dinner for the participants of the meeting. We are still not sure if we will also organise a tour. More information will be made available closer to the time of the meeting.



Robben Island

We are planning a trip to Robben Island on Friday, 6 April, afternoon for those who will stay on after the meeting on a self-pay basis.

Robben Island (Afrikaans: Robbeneiland) is an island in Table Bay, 6.9 km west of the coast of Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, South Africa. It is flat and only a few metres above sea level, as a result of an ancient erosion event. Nobel Laureate and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela was imprisoned there for 18 of the 27 years he served behind bars before the fall of apartheid.

The trip takes about 3.5 hours including the return ferry trip of about 30 mins each way, and the cost normally is R320 per person (~£20, €23, $24). We might be able to get a group discount (tbc).  The tours are weather dependent (the ferry transfers are actually weather dependent) so guests will be refunded if the tour is cancelled, or they can arrange to go on another day (if they’re still here). The afternoon tours usually start at 13h00 but we’ll see if we can arrange a personalised tour with a slightly later departure time.



The Cape Town International Airport is conveniently located close to the city of Cape Town, about 20 kilometres to the west of Cape Town City Centre, in the Matroosfontein district. A location map is available on the airport website. The airport is well connected with major airports in Europe and Asia.

Local transport to the city includes metered taxis, shuttles, MyCiti transport and car rental. More information can be obtained from the airport transport pages.


 Spending time in Cape Town and surroundings

If you are planning to extend your stay before or after the ICM5 meeting in Cape Town we can recommend a couple of Cape Town travel agencies that can help you plan trips or advise you on things to do (let them know that you are participating at the "Oceanography meeting"):

  1. CAT Africa Crafted African Travel - pls. contact Christopher Owen-Collett <[email protected]>, he will prepare a trip according to your specific time line and places to visit, he will skype with you and offer suggestions etc. Some packages are at https://www.cat-africa.com/en/crafted-programs
  2. EagleXcape Tours (http://eaglexcape.co.za/), recommended by our host Björn Backeberg, CSRI

Recommended places to visit: Table Mountain, Cape Point, surrounding wine lands. We will try to arrange a group visit to Robben Island (the prison where Mandela was captive for 30 years) on Friday afternoon.