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With our trip well and truly winding down we both felt the need to relax and to let the body recover from the hard hits that Africa has given us. But of course as soon as we done this we opened ourselves to let some little bug in and that is exactly what happened. For the latter part of Cape Town and its surroundings we both felt under the weather which not the best way to finish the trip was. It also got us thinking, when at the end of a long trip and you start to relax, does your immune system seem to have a few days off also? It is not the first time after a longer trip that towards returning home it is the only time illness has reared its ugly head. But ... read more
Lighthouse at Cape of Good Hope
South African navy base
Border security

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape of Good Hope January 25th 2012

Nach einen leckeren Frühstück haben wir uns auf zum Kap gemacht. Bereits nach einer guten Stunde erreichten wir Kalk Bay, wo wir unsere Sachen bei einer wunderschönen Unterkunft mit Meerblick ließen. Von dort aus fuhren wir entlang der Küste Richtung Kap der guten Hoffnung. Auf dem Weg machten wir einen kurzen Stopp bei einer Pinguin-Kolonie am Strand, die gerade ihren Jungen dort großzogen und unheimlich süß aussahen. Weiter ging es entlang von Steilküsten und Dünenlandschaften immer weiter südlich. Gegen späten Mittag wollten wir uns endlich eine schöne Strandpause gönnen. Der Strand war herrlich und die Handtücher hoffungsvoll ausgebreitet, aber es dauerte nicht lange uns schon kamen die Paviane. Ein besonders großer kam direkt zu uns uns setzte sich neben uns und da diese als aggresiv gelten, fanden wir dies überhaupt nicht komisch ergriffen gleich die Flucht. ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape of Good Hope January 19th 2012

Thursday's start included a very early morning work session with the CSR team where I was able to share the emotional township tour. Since this group is shaping the charitable arm of our organization, it was decided that we should start by leaving a legacy right in Cape Town. More to come on that. Thursday was a full day booked on large coaches for a tour of the country side and southern coast line. We made our way south around the west coast of Africa. We stopped in Camps Bay for an Adrenalin Boat ride and a visit to an off the coast sea lion colony. The speed boats were equipped with saddle type seats and fit about 15 people each. Our boat had twin 200 HP outboard motors and hauled ass! The bay was foggy ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape of Good Hope April 12th 2011

Tuesday April 12th, 2011 Atlantic Ocean off the Western Cape of South Africa Latitude 33 degrees 38 minutes’ south- Longitude 18 degrees 07 minutes’ east We have left Cape Town and what a glorious two days we have experienced. The scenic beauty of this city is rivaled only by places like Vancouver, San Francisco and Rio de Janeiro. Table Mountain forms a stunning backdrop for this protected harbor. The surrounding landscape is an intoxicating mix of brilliant white sand beaches, winding mountain roads, panoramic vistas and upscale waterfront communities. The downtown central harbor front has been completely redeveloped into a pedestrian-friendly entertainment complex filled with restaurants, cafes and hotels. Now, there are still plenty of commercial and industrial concerns in the surrounding greater harbor area, but it makes for an interesting mix of fishing boats, cargo ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape of Good Hope October 27th 2010

Cape Town Day 2 Even though we had been on an organized tour for the past 45 days, we decided to book an organized tour for one more day, in order to see the Cape Peninsula and visit the most southwesterly point of Africa. Some of our group opted to visit Table Mountain. However, it was a terrifically windy day and the cable car up the mountain was closed for the day. It turns out that we chose the best day to see the peninsula. Our van picked us and 7 others up just after 8:00 and off we went. There were many stops this day, including Hout Bay for an hour of shopping the markets, and s few stops for photos. All with constant commentary from our driver/guide. He was full of information. We stopped ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape of Good Hope October 1st 2010

Hello Africa!!! I arrived safely and relatively rested after my 24 hour Emerites journey. It was a thrill to fly with a full service airline after all those AirAsia flights. The free socks, eye mask, toothbrush and hearty meals (including wine) were not wasted on me! everything went to plan and I checked into my backpacker's with ease. The next morning after breakfast I decided to use the Hop On, Hop off bus and for about $20 I took in the sights of Cape town. It was a glorious day and the commentery onboard was really interesting. My favourite stop was Camp's Bay, a beach where all the action is... but where the water is like ice. Interestingly enough a young girl sat down next to me and we started chatting. Yes, of course the coincidences ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape of Good Hope September 6th 2010

Capetown  Arriving in Capetown was like arriving in another country a complete contrast to what we had seen so far.  As Rovos had pre-arranged our transport to our accomodation we were still living in a somewhat rarified existence. Our apartment for the next 4 days - Leisure Bay - was 15 minutes north right on the coast. Gee it was good to see water, clear clean Atlantic Ocean. A bowl of soup for dinner and a twelve hour sleep and then a morning walk and we were well back into reality. Grocery shopping and Emails and phoned NZ to Aunty Iz and Uncle G to see how they had faired in the Earthquake and Emailed all Relos and friends linked to Christchurch before a nice simple chicken sandwich for lunch enjoying waves and the sand from ... read more
Capetown backed by Table Mountain
On top of the table Mount.
Feeling the Breeze on top of the table

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape of Good Hope August 18th 2010

Scenic Cape PeninsulaWednesday, August 18 we have a full-day, 140-mile, round-trip to Cape Point at the southern tip of the peninsula and although it rains off and on all day it’s amazing. On the way south, we follow the western coast. Seal-covered isletsAt Hout Bay we opt to take a boat out to see a seal colony. Great experience even though the boat is tossed around by ferocious waves and it looks as if we will crash right into the rocks. In fact the boat that's in front of us looks like a toy as it's flung around. None of us has life preservers. I don't even think we are told where they are. It has become apparent that liability is not an issue in Africa, at least not in southern Africa. A wild encounterAt the ... read more
Boats tossed around by angry sea
An island of seals
Thought we might hit these rocks

TWO POSTS IN ONE What a wild week it has been since we left Durban. We drove the first day about 100 kilometers to a town called Umzumbe. It was a bit harrowing as we left Durban with more than ¼ tank of gas but on our approach to Umzumbe we were below the empty line with the fuel needed indicator on. To complicate matters people couldnt understand when we asked for the nearest fuel station. Our paper map wasnt being helpful either (we bought a 180 rand map instead of paying 80 rand per day for the navigation system that would have likely been stolen anyhow.) All worked out in the end as we arrived to a private teepee in a jungle hostel. Several of the accommodations were in treehouses (see fotos). It was wonderful! ... read more
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