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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town July 9th 2021

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain. It is now winter in Cape Town the gardens are full of colour especially the proteas. Kirstenbosch enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with a long, hot, dry summer (November-March) and a short, cool, rainy winter (June-August). Stunning flowers with a wonderful backdrop. read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town April 6th 2021

6th April - West Coast National Park in 3 parts! The West Coast National Park offers overwhelming natural beauty, established in 1985. With our knowledgeable guide we were able to walk the shores of the lagoon, visit a hide where we were very lucky to see flamingos, stroll along the salt marsh and before we finished the tour see in the distance a group of four ostrich. As we walked we discovered tracks of Eland, Cape Fox, & Porcupine. We saw on the rocks Dassie and many other birds as they flew around the lagoon. The succulents with their wonderful textures and colours together with the blue sea and mountain made for a truly amazing experience. Added to the adventure Kersten with the aid of his camera was able to bring into view the flock of ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town March 21st 2021

22nd March - Kirstenbosch Cape Town National Botanical Garden #heygo Regarded as one of the great botanic gardens of the world, Kirstenbosch—or rather, the land on which it sits—was bequeathed to the government by Cecil John Rhodes. At the time, it was nothing more than ramshackle farmland overrun with pigs. In 1913 a botanist called Harold Pearson set about transforming the land into a botanic garden devoted to the country’s indigenous flora. It now contains over 7000 species of plants from southern Africa. The origin of the name Kirstenbosch is uncertain, a number of families with the name Kirsten lived in the vicinity and some how the area became known as Kirstenbosch (Kirsten's Forest). We saw life-size sculptures of prehistoric creatures. Through the exhibition of anatomically accurate dinosaur scu... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town March 20th 2021

20th March - The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront: Cape Town's Original Harbour #heygo Our virtual tour today started in The Silo District outside The Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa) which was built in the remnants of the old grain silo which was once the tallest building in Africa. It was built in 1921 and served as harbour-side storage for grain. Our guide popped quickly into the lobby area and Wow with soaring columns, high ceilings, and cut out concrete, it was like walking into an industrial cathedral. In the surrounding area visitors can 7 Wonders picture frame to get a shot of Table Mountain and the mother city. We were lucky that the picture frame was not busy with the usual tourists. Today as the guide said ‘We can see the white tablecloth’ ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town March 19th 2021

Sea Point Promenade Stroll One of the many pleasures of Cape Town life is a stroll, jog, or cycle along Sea Point’s most famous landmark, the Promenade, one of Cape Town’s most lively attractions, bringing together cyclists, dog-walkers, joggers, skaters, amblers, and everyone in between. The Prom, as locals call it, starts at Mouille Point near the Waterfront, and runs along the water’s edge through Sea Point. Once a white-only area, it’s now a great place to observe the city's multiculturalism. The coastline has varied characteristics. Some parts are rocky and difficult to access, while other parts have broad beaches. Sea Point beach adjoins an Olympic-sized seawater swimming pool, which had served generations of Capetonians since at least the early fifties. The underwater enchanted Kelp Forests i... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town March 17th 2021 Cape Town - Arrival of Europeans The first European to anchor at Table Bay and climb Table Mountain was the Portuguese navigator António de Saldanha. He encountered a few hundred indigenous inhabitants, After Saldanha’s visit, European ships continued to put in at Table Bay to take on fresh water, meat, and other provisions. Survivors of the Dutch vessel Haerlem, wrecked in Table Bay in 1647, brought back such glowing reports of the region that the directors of the Dutch East Indian Company ordered that a station to supply ships rounding the Cape be established there. In 1652, the company’s representative stepped ashore to select sites for a fort and a vegetable garden. In 1657 the company began to release men from its employ so that they could become free citizens and farmers, and in 1658 ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town » Camps Bay January 23rd 2021

Unlike Dr. Martin Luther King, I have not been to the mountain top. But I have seen my share of the world's famous mountains. Some we viewed from an airplane, some from land. Some we climbed, at least partially. Mount Everest (29,028 feet) We got to see Everest from a rickety plane, called Buddha Air. We waited most of the day for the fog to clear. When we flew over Everest, the pilot had everyone (mostly Japanese tourists) look out the windows on the left. Yes, the plane tilted significantly. And of course, Nepal was interesting. Sir Edmund and Tenzing Norgay were first to summit in 1953. Mount Kilimanjaro (19,341 feet) An overnight in Arusha yielded a stunning view of Kilimanjaro the next day. We met several people who went on a climb of Kilimanjaro, some ... read more
A very cold day at Torres
Grand Teton is spectacular!

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town » Camps Bay December 25th 2020

New development on the return travel front; SWISS is now flying as originally scheduled. We can fly, but must go 10 days into self-quarantine at home. With my parents under the same roof that would be very logical to do. Hotels are not taking you into quarantine and the Swiss Government has prepared nothing. What an unprofessional and pathetic way to handle the pandemic; what a mess !!! Our decision is clear, Namibia. We have to leave South Africa latest 27th. So Nui, Nenad start organising ! Travel 25th to Pretoria, shift flight to Zurich to January, book a flight to Windhoek. Nenad does not need a visa, Nui can get it on arrival. Our Covid-19 test has to be done before departure. In Pretoria we have access to a good medical center, called Pathcare. Our ... read more
Cape Hope Detail

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town » Camps Bay December 24th 2020

Early morning over a coffee we stated to contemplate our options regarding the continuation of the trip. The Swiss Government is going a bit crazy because of this mutated virus from UK and South Africa. Even if we can fly back we will have to go into quarantine. They also are discussing a partial lockdown and all sorts of restriction we absolutely did not want to be part of. On the other hand there were Nenad's parents and Nenad did not want to leave them alone over the year end period. Finally Nui's visa was expiring 27th midnight. Unlike Nenad, who as a Swiss has 90 days, she only is allowed to stay 30 days in the country. Before thinking any further we wanted to see if we can fly at all. Further discussion and decision ... read more
Table Mountain in hiding
some steep passages

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town » Camps Bay December 23rd 2020

We woke up with the weather at its best. No wind, warm temperatures and bright blue sky with uncompromised sunshine. This was also necessary, because today was one of the true highlights of the trip, at least for Nenad. A motorbike ride around the Cape and the city. We booked a Royal Enfield bike tour. Nenad has never ridden a Royal Enfield motorcycle, the tractor among bikes. The Royal Enfield Bullet was originally an overhead-valve single-cylinder four-stroke motorcycle made by Royal Enfield in the UK. It is now owned by Madras Motors, an Indian company and produced in Chennai, India. For many years it was the British army bike being used all around the Empire's countries and roads. Sitting on it and you feel the British Raj is still alive ! Nenad will be riding a ... read more
Royal Enfield 500cc
Nui covering Nenad's back

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