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Published: August 12th 2017
This gorgeous little girl stole our hearts!
Well we have finally arrived in Cape Town...a mega 26hr journey...Melb to Perth...Perth to JoBurg...JoBurg to Cape Town....the Temaze really did help, we have never taken sleeping tablets...a wonderful thing to get 5hrs straight sleep! Cape Town is not really what we were expecting, its seems very clean, pretty and has a nearly nice vibe to it. Couple of issues with our hotel to start with but now sorted and in a great spot right on the water close to the V&A Waterfront...walking distance to attractions, restaurants etc. Have never stayed at a Radisson Blu Hotel, very comfortable but nothing to rave about. Day one out on the walking trail down to the waterfront which is such a great area to browse around and soak up the atmosphere, then for a 2klm walk to Hussar Grill...fantastic 300gm eye fillet for under $20...we are liking the price of food and drinks here...very reasonable. We all thoroughly enjoyed our steaks...this will be very hard to beat. First day we bought a 2 day hop on hop off bus ticket which is a great idea to have an overview of any city we visit...this also entitled us to a harbour cruise and a few
They all love Nelson Mandela
other tours. Weather superb Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday but when starting the Scenic Tour Thursday turned to wet and wild. So the cable car up to Table Mountain was non operational Thurs/Friday because of bad weather, also missed Robben Island because of bad weather....oh well thems the breaks. Did a wine tour to the Constantia area which was lovely wandering through the old winery and its gorgeous surrounds. We loved Cape Town and its surrounds, has a nice feel to it. Great dining venues and bars, had a lovely Italian meal at Osteria Tarantino and a great pub meal on the waterfront. Even in restaurants decent bottle of wine for $13-25 bottle and meals all $10-20, great value for money. A few of us on the Scenic Tour went out to Stellenbosch for another wine tour with tastings and cheese paired with the wines, that was a great afternoon, Stellenbosch is such a nice town with pretty houses and buildings, Victorian, Georgian and Dutch colonial. Friday spent the day down on the Cape of Good Hope National Park, the weather cleared just in time for our entry into the park so very lucky. Took a walk up to the lighthouse
Kindy behind barb wire
with spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean and the rugged coastline, then onto the Black Marlin an old farm house overlooking the sea, for a lunch of seafood chowder and fish skewers. This area is habitat for baboons, so everywhere there are signs to watch out for them, don't leave your cars unlocked, or windows open as they will be in like flynn....of course some dumb arse chinese people left their car unlocked and then were invaded by baboon looking for goodies....hilarious...if it isn't you! After lunch onto the penguin colony at The Boulders....lots of penguins and not shy at all like our little fairy penguins. Probably the highlight for me in Cape Town was our visit to the "township", very kind terms as they really are shanty towns built from whatever materials can be sourced, we had a guide from the local town who has lived in the township for the past 26 years awaiting housing...the people all seemed quite happy! Kids playing in the streets, having fun, running around, squealing and laughing! There were 4 schools in the town including kindergarten...volunteers from overseas help out here and the money we paid for our tours goes back into the
community as well, mind you it was only $7 a head to take the tour. They have mild bars, fast food outlets and all kinds of shops. Our guide was very careful to keep us close by, someone wanted to walk somewhere by themselves and she just said you can't! She walked us back to the bus stop and put us on the bus. This community was very strict with curfews etc, if you were found out after 11pm one warning and then a whopping by the local police/local law enforcers, the community enforcing their own laws...good idea! Up 3.45a.m. Saturday to airport for 2hr flight to JoBurg and then by bus for 6hrs out to Thornybush Private Game Reserve (Kruger area)...get there at 4.pm and out on our first game drive, looking forward to that.
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