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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town » Constantia September 16th 2019

Our plan for today was to head for the Hop On Hop Off bus (red route) which goes to Table Mountain, and go to the top of the mountain in the gondola - however, there were even more clouds covering it than yesterday! Change of plans - swap the red route for the blue route (and the purple route). So after a lovely breakfast at the hotel, walked back to the Hop On Hop Off bus office (that we had found yesterday) and set off on the blue route. This goes through the centre of Cape Town, including Long St (the main street?) and then heads around behind Table Mountain. We got off at the Kirstenbosch gardens, a botanical garden on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Wandered around through various parts of the garden (it's ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town » Constantia September 30th 2016

This week we moved into our own place for 6 nights and we stayed in the lovely guest house I stayed in last year - Little Orchard. It is in a very "posh" suburb of Cape Town called Constantia. Little Orchard is run by Graeme, an old gentleman who will help you as much as he possibly can. He even gave us a few free lifts. Unlimited breakfast every morning and 2 streets away from a small shopping centre with a good selection of restaurants. If you want to book you need to do so directly through him. We used Uber to navigate our way around but if you were staying here and wanted to travel distance then I recommend hiring a car. We were fortunate enough that we had friends who would take us to ... read more
Camps Bay
Mugg and Bean yum

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town » Constantia August 24th 2015

Early on Saturday morning, I packed up my car, topped up the tank and hit the road. My destination: the Cederberg. I’d heard wonderful things about the fantastic landscape, the interesting plant life and the starry night skies - and as a keen amateur photographer, I’m always excited to visit new places and document my experiences. I’ve been doing a lot of research recently on great travel photography and was very keen to put some of these ideas into practice. My first stop was 160km north of Cape Town in Citrusdal, a quaint town in the Olifants River Valley. Although the town itself is small, the surrounding area is absolutely stunning – especially at this time of year, as August-September is wildflower season and the colours are spectacular. I stopped for a few hours at The ... read more
Roadside Wildflowers
Wildflowers

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town » Constantia August 22nd 2015

We last saw Lindsey's cousin Ian in Mulhouse, where a local man had offended him and then tried to meet him for mutual language lessons. By a fortunate coincidence we happened to be in Cape Town whilst he, Sybille, his wife, and their children Simon and Lizzie were here to celebrate his 50th birthday. Since we live away from the family it feels like we miss out on so many family occasions so it was lovely to be here to celebrate. Ian had gone all out with a whole day spectacular at a venue called The Range, which is set amongst the forest at the foot of the mountains in Tokai. We started with a champagne reception in the sun whilst we met and caught up with the family. There was a rugby ball lying around ... read more
In the Tent
Buitenverwachting Wine Farm
Wine Tasting

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town » Constantia March 15th 2013

March 15, 2013 (Cape Town, RSA) Today we started quite early to try and get to the meeting's 8 am sessions. Somehow our plans were dashed by the heavy traffic this morning, so we had a slow ride in to the convention center and missed some early talks. We are staying in Constantia, a suburb of Cape Town, and we drive in each morning with Dr. Pons who is staying about half a mile up the road with family. The weather here has been very different every day - this morning was overcast, low lying clouds and quite a bit cooler than yesterday. We had an early breakfast at the B&B and then spent a good hour in the car. We used the time to have many discussions with Dr. Pons or "Jono" as he's called. ... read more
Breakfast Outdoors
Breakfast is Served
Artwork in the Convention Center

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town » Constantia March 14th 2013

March 14, 2013 (Cape Town, RSA) - Today was registration and day one of the Ophthalmology Society of South Africa's Annual meeting, so we had an early start and a late finish...a full day. We started off the day with a nice long walk through the vineyard country. We are in a suburb area of Cape Town called Constantia, and it is very close to where Dr. Pons is staying with his father-in-law. His back yard leads into a wonderful set of vineyards and a national historic park of an old Dutch farm settled in the 1600's. The morning was warm, clear and sunny. Shortly after sunrise, we set out for an hour long treck through the hills, vineyards and saw the crews in full harvest mode. After breakfast and a quick shower, we headed into ... read more
The Breakfast "nook"...poolside
OSSA Meeting in Convention Centre
BKF with Desmond

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town » Constantia March 14th 2013

March 14, 2013 (Cape Town, RSA) A little more about the early morning walk. Dr. Pons is an avid outdoorsman with an eclectic knowledge of the environment around us: flora, fauna, history and the geography of the Cape. Morning walks with him are a great learning experience for us. He took us through the area around his father-in-laws house that has many vineyards on the hillsides - all in full harvest. We sampled a few very sweet grapes on our trek. It included a spectacular sunrise view of a historic Dutch farm laid out with a long promenade entrance with a boulevard of oaks lining the driveway opening to this classic Dutch white washed farmhouse. I took a GoPro camera attached to a chest harness that I wore, and made my first time-lapse movie of the ... read more
Sunrise Over the Vineyards
Sneaking a few Grapes
In the Vineyards

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town » Constantia October 5th 2011

Episode 7 : CapeTown and Homeward Bound. (4.10.11) by Craig Howzit? We are currently in the beautiful city of Cape Town, or the "Mother City" as it is known here. The city sits on the water, with the awesome Table Mountain as its backdrop. Despite the dreary weather forecast, the days proved sunny and blue, so we spent the time doing touristy things. Yesterday, we caught the rotating cablecar up to the top of Table Mountain (along with a zillion others). It was well worth the wait. The 360 degree views of the city, mountain spine and along the coastline were phenomenal (probably the best mountain top/ building top vista I have ever seen). Back in town, we went to the Pan African Market, a small hole in the wall that led into passageways and rooms ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town » Constantia August 16th 2010

It is coming time to say good-bye It is amazing how fast my time here has gone. There have been times when i have missed my freinds and loved ones at home terribly and I know i wouldn't have been able to stay here as long as i have without the wonderful friends that I have made here (old and new), So I'd like to express my appreciation to all those warm and wonderful hearts who where open to having a new friend like me Those people made my transition into life over here so SO easy!. I will honestly treasure every single one of the memories that I have made... even the fairly fuzzy ones after a big night out Now it is the time for the that the leaving date is coming up ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town » Constantia July 20th 2010

Today we have been mountaineering; this morning we took the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain. From there we walked across to Maclear’s Beacon: this is the highest point at 1088 metres. The views from the top are amazing: you can see the Atlantic on one side and the Indian ocean on the other and all the way down to Cape Point. Then came the walk down along a footpath called Smuts Track. At first it didn’t seem too bad. We had a guide leaflet that informed us that it was steep, from 1088 metres above sea level to 100 in 4km but we were not prepared for negotiating our way through a waterfall and climbing down ladders down a part that is called Skeleton Gorge! Suddenly the sign at the top which ... read more
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