Blogs from Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, Africa - page 4


After 24 hours of flying time, and 36 hours of travel, we arrived in Capetown, South Africa. on January 15. Mark found an amazing hotel on the internet- The Adderly- which was located right downtown. The location was superb for walking the town, which we did- even tho the temperatures hovered around 37C. We had two full days to explore the town, before meeting up with our tour group for dinner on the second evening. Our tour is run with G Adventures- there are 10 of us, the guide and the bus driver. We have a very comfortable bus to travel on, which is a good thing as we expect to do approximately 5, 500 km in 20 days, through 4 countries. South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia. First stop on the tour was Lamberts Bay- ... read more
Capetown Market
Capetown waterfront
Desert Landscape

Last night was incredible. First we were greeted by a marching band and they led us parade style through the waterfront area down to a catamaran. The group took a sunset cruise of Cape Town harbor and went all the way around the coast to Camps Bay. We were able to stop for a champagne toast and enjoy an amazing sunset over the Atlantic. The seas were a bit choppy so we took it very slow on the way back. Dinner tonight was a tradition BBQ with lots of choices. My fav was the lamb kabobs hot off the charcoal fire grill. The desserts and wine were fantastic as well. It has been a real treat to meet folks from other parts of the business all over the UK and Canada. Great bunch of people and ... read more
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After crashing at 3:00am local time (8:00pm EST) I woke up rested and ready to venture out for the first time. This part of Cape Town is very westernized and is a hot spot for tourists. The Table Bay Hotel is connected to a large mall and the waterfront district is full of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and shoppes. The hotel cafe has an amazing view of Table Top Mountain (named for its flat top) and today is about 100F which is very hot for this area. In the photos you have a nice view of Table Top Mountain, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront district, and a ferris wheel which arrived for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and has stayed. Yes the cars on the ferris wheel are air conditioned! Seals are very people friendly and crowd ... read more
My Safari!
Robben Island on the horizon

The flight across S. Europe, Mediterranean Sea, and entire continent of Africa was LONG but not as bad as I thought. I was able to watch Horrible Bosses and Season 3 of Parks and Recreation and also Moneyball. Food was not as good as Delta and it was much harder to nap with the sunlight. I did listen to Speak Now in it's entirety about 3 times (yes I am TS fan!) and also become a fan of Bruno Mars. P.S. KLM you shouldn't serve fish on extended flights because the smell does not dissipate - ever. Next up I will clear customs and get the very exciting passport stamp then off to the hotel via coach and hopefully a good nights rest to adjust to the time change.... read more

We went for a wonder, found Wi-Fi and a super market real close, 2 things off our list we just need to find a restaurant open that we could go to too have Christmas lunch. Our search wasn’t going so well with every place we asked closing for Christmas, until we found a sign saying open for Christmas day… and what was it… McDonalds! We left the thought of us potentially having to eat McDonalds for Christmas lunch behind us and found a Hillsong church that we could go to too get our hit of Christmas carols and get us in the mood for the big day. We went for carols on the Eve and also a service on xmas morning, which were both really nice although quite similar to each other (don’t think we were ... read more

Arrived in Cape Town yesterday. Sun was shining and table mountain looking resplendant. So the Africa leg of our journey is nearly over. I am not sure we would have seen half as much if we hadn't done the overland truck route. Camping out in the bush miles from anywhere is quite an experience. There are too many highlights to do them justice. From camping under Spitzkoppe in Namibia to watching lions in the Serengetti. I just hope the 2000 photos do them justice. Get ready for the slideshow We were supposed to go up table mountain this morning, but it looks as though we need to wait for the clouds to shift. Hopefully they will move in the next couple of days or we will just have to come back. The Facial hair finally went ... read more

We thought we were unlucky, having left Sydney an hour late and, after doing the customs queue shuffle for an hour in Johannesburg, we stupidly got ripped off by some guy at the airport “helping” us to catch our onwards flight. We thought we were unlucky, that is, until we found out that Qantas cancelled all flights the following day due to a strike. Then it rained for a day and a half. Then, when we finally got a clear day to visit Table Mountain the cable car was closed due to high winds. Despite all this though we’ve thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Cape Town, which is a very pretty city brimming with history. We have stayed in an apartment in a gated community near the V & A Waterfront. The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront ... read more
South African Fur Seals
Table Mountain
District Six

The bus ride to Cape Town took a maximum of 2 hours but was probably less. The bus driver was named Sidney and he was more of a tour guide! As we entered Cape Townand drove past landmarks and townships he gave us the rundown of the city. Finally we arrived at Sunflower stop with Bart and Kinsing too. The place is nice, but reception was already closed (it was past 8pm) and the bar tender showed us to our dorm. We thought we were in for a noisy night since the walls separated our room from the long hallway didn’t reach the ceiling (temporary aluminium) but after a few beers and dinner we were all very sleepy and slept really well! Next morning the boys left to go on their long awaited shark dive and ... read more
one of the cells that would have more than 30 people in it
Nelson Mandela´s exercise area
Nelson Mandela´s cell

"Give me money, give me money, I have a knife, I don’t want to use it, I will cut your throat, I have done it before!" Followed by "Do you have a stun gun in your pocket?" a quick smile, an awkward silence and he goes away! Another one of those crazy days in Africa! After coming from Johannesburg, through the Drakensburg Mountains and down the Garden Route without any disasters I was beginning to think my luck on the road had finally changed. With the exception of walking face first into an extremely clean patio window, I had become complacent at the ease of travelling around South Africa. The highest crime rate in the world? What crime? Somehow I had even managed to independently walk around the Soweto Township without so much as a disagreement ... read more
Camps Bay
Darren, Sally, Carlier
Long Street

Cape Town Day 3 & Home Cape Town like Vancouver has a sight seeing double decker bus system where for 120 Rand ($17) you can get on and off as you like all day. Our first stop was to be the Gold Museum but instead we opted for an outdoor day so we got of at the Table Mountain cable car to the top. It was a beautiful blue sky day with no wind and 25 C. However since yesterday the cable car was not operating because of high winds, today there was a 2 hour line up. So we hopped back on the same bus and rode out the the suburbs and marine walk way. The walkway offered whales tail up very near shore. The world cup stadium is along our route but access to ... read more

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