Landed in cape town today after a 11 hour direct flight. It is far! I decided to take the bus, so thought I needed to exchange some money. There was a long line at the bank, and it was slow going. They told me they charge a fixed 164 Rand fee for exchange, which was like 4%. Bus was easy to take, though the lady there sold me one trip ticket at extra cost of 35 Rand. So two surprises already. Rest of the trip was fine, easy to find the lodge. It is a nice Lodge iKhaya, with direct view of table mountain. Nice location.
The rest of the day I wanted to spend walking around, feeling the new country, new continent. This place though does not feel like it, does not seem to have a character that I would expect of an old city to have. Oh well. I saw the Slave Lodge museum which was nice. Then we walked around the famous long Street. I was a bit hungry and we saw a food court type Indian place, went in. The food was horrible, totally spoiled my appetite for rest of the evening. Then a nice good
surprise - guava! I love guava! Rest of the time was spent walking and then resting at the lodge. Looking forward to wine tour tomorrow.
Today was driving day. We got together with another couple to drive down to Cape of Good Hope and then to a big penguin colony at Betty's bay. This was a VERY long drive. The cape is really beautiful though. I am glad we were able to go all the way down to beaches. Water was really pretty here. We had a difficult decision to hike to a lighthouse or not. In the interest of time (as we had to drive down to Betty's bay), we decided not to do it. A recommended itinerary would be to drive here, do the hike and then return. On the way back we also stopped at Boulder Bay where these is a hefty fee to get in and see the penguins. I think it was totally overpriced, but penguins were nice. Many baby penguins here. We stopped at Simon's Town for lunch, it is a typical beach town.
From here we had a long drive to Betty's bay. The drive is quite panoramic,
all along the water. The bay is really far though. It has a bigger colony of penguins and here there are no fences. So they can walk right up to you, and they do. There is also a colony of big rats here. We had missed the gate closing time, but had fun walking with penguins and watching them hop up to their sleeping places on land. Then drove back to Cape Town.
Today's dinner we decided to go Indian. Had to have Indian food in South Africa. We went to a place called Bukara which was also recommended by our lodge. The place was a bit upscale for our taste, but the food was not bad, prices ok. Then we walked back to lodge, though it was late, but we felt kind of ok walking.
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