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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town April 10th 2019

Welcome back. Cape Town has been an absolute joy and we have loved the freedom and the feel of the city. We have stayed at Greenpoint about a 30 minutes walk to the V&A waterfront, which is one of the vibrant parts of the city. As most of you know we make our money stretch by staying in 2 and 3 star places which are clean and comfortable. This place is in a great location and there is plenty of space, big lounge , kitchen, fridge and free laundry. However like much of South Africa it is all top show, not quite clean enough, there is a culture of just doing enough, and poor attention to detail. In some parts of Joburg there were ridiculous numbers of staff in cafes and restaurants but only a third ... read more
African penguins
Robben island from Table Mountain

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town December 17th 2018

We have basically changed our residence each month for the last seven-plus years. That has usually involved renting an apartment in some part of a city in a far away country that we have never been to before. We do our research, learn what we can and then hope for the best. We try to make sure we have access to groceries, money and public transit if we aren't traveling in our own vehicle. The internet has made our reliance on third parties minimal. We have our favorite sites and use them to help us make the best decisions we can. Because we change venues so often there are time limitations to our research. Our budget sometimes forces us to make a few compromises that people with more money might be able to avoid but these ... read more
Muizenberg Beach Huts
Bloubergstrand Beach
Abbey Road

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town September 29th 2018

As a bit of background, this is part of a very special trip as we are celebrating MJ’s milestone birthday (albeit a couple of years late). As a result, we’ve gone and made it even more special than some of our others. We enjoy using a travel agent to assist us when traveling as they have a wealth of knowledge we’ve never been able to glean from other sources. Angeline, who was our travel agent for many years and seemed like a good friend, ran off and retired. We are happy for her but will continue to needle her about her retirement. Nadia our new travel agent lives in Seattle but South Africa was her home during her youth. We had brunch with her in Seattle not long ago to discuss this trip and as luck ... read more
Weather moving into Cape Town
African Dancing

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town August 4th 2018

In the big smoke again. Hard to imagine we were in extreme bush areas yesterday, last week... Bonus, good internet access so now theses posts are working again, downside, people everywhere, cars and noise. Never mind, soon be back in the bush. Today we did a city tour in our 50 seater coach - for 21 people. Nice... Up to Table Mountain (to the base station of the cable cars which is out of action due to maintenance). Great sights back to the city showing how it is set out. Then to the lions head, another rock formation that for some ungodly reason people like to hike or run up to the top and back down again. Strange..... Saw the multi coloured houses in the famous Bo-Kaap area of Cape Town. Buses not allowed so we ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town August 3rd 2018

We get a sort of sleep in this morning as we don’t have a safari drive as we are leaving. We shower, then the phone rings. Reception calls to advise there is a cheetah at the waterhole. Too hard to get organised quickly so decide to give it a miss. Call for our cart a bit later. They come and take our bags and us to the lodge. One of the group is still looking at the waterhole. The cheetah and 4 cubs are still in the area, although out from the waterhole a bit. Look through the telescope and spot them. Cubs still playing, mum watching, us watching. The couple on the deck having an intimate breakfast are being consumed by all of us. They don’t seem to mind and are actually giving running commentary ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town July 22nd 2018

This morning we visited the town of Stellenbosch on our way to visit Spier, one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms. It was a relaxing way to spend the morning. Afterwards, we came back to Cape Town and had a few hours free, and I was ready to go back to Table Mountain to drop off the rest of my geocoins. However, I learned that the cable car was not operating because of the strong winds. Extremely disappointed, I started to look for other geocaches. There were a few near Lion’s Head and on Signal Hill. Lion’s Head is 2,195 feet above sea level, and the straight vertical climb made this challenging. I was terrified. I’ve never climbed anything so difficult. The sign from the South African National Parks that read, “Use ladders, chains, and stapels ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town June 28th 2018

This morning we had a lovely brekky, and ventured outside to take some pics of our lovely brekky view. We then freshened up, finalised our packing and went down to reception 20 minutes early for our transfer. he turned up 5 minutes later and took us not to the Cape Town railway station, but just across the road to the Rovos Rail offices, where we were met with porters, a red carpet and glasses of champagne while we checked in. The lady (who turned out to be ROhan VOS’s daughter Tiffany) told us we had an upgrade from a Pullman suite to a deluxe suite, which is very nice. We then sat around in the comfy sofas, getting to know other guests, drinking more champagne and eating dainty sandwiches without crusts. We were then called by ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town June 24th 2018

After brekkie today we were collected by the tour company for our wine tour. We went via another hotel and picked up another couple - young honeymooners from Brazil. On our way out of the city we passed many shanty towns - hits amade out of corrugated steel but with satellite dishes on top! We also saw a number of unfinished flyovers on the motorway, flyovers that will never be finished. Our first stop was a small town called Stellenbosch, where we found the oldest house still standing in South Africa, with its thatched roof, now part of the museum. So many of the names are Dutch in origin, but the village looked French, with the giant oak trees down the avenues. Even out in the country the garden walls have either rolls of barbed wire ... read more
Stellenbosch church
Oak lined avenues

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town June 23rd 2018

One of Tom’s shoes needed repairs, so after buffet brekky (smoked trout on toast, Tom had an omelette!) we got Radisson‘s shuttle down to the V&A Waterfront shopping precinct (Victoria and her son Alfred, not Albert her husband). We found the shoe repairers and he said it would be needed to be sent off site for proper stitching, but on hearing that we aren’t here for much longer, decided to hand stitch the shoe today! So we left it with him, and walked up to the street where we caught a red explorer bus with the passes we bought online. The bus took us up to the cable car station halfway up Table Mountain, but alas, there was so much wind that the cable cars weren’t running. The people there very kindly offered to process our ... read more
Heavy clouds over Table Mountain
The cables disappearing into the clouds!
Trees grow in the direction of the prevailing winds

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town June 22nd 2018

Wow! When I start my blog i have to select the continent and then select the country -on this continent there are 57 countries!! 57! What a great surprise this morning - when we arrived last night the receptionist said we had a view of the car park, and that if we wished for an ocean view room it would cost an extra $85/night. I had visions of a multi storey car park, and asked Tom if we could please upgrade but he said, quite rightly, that we would be out all day each day and so would not get the value. I was devastated. Imagine my joy this morning when we opened up the curtains and found an off- street car park surrounded by grass with the base of a now-demolished historic lighthouse next to ... read more
Near the seal colony in the fishing village
LOVE these trees
Another of those trees

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