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Cape Town a nice city ya

Cape Town is a very pretty city lying all around the base of the unmistakable shape of Table Mountain. It rises well over a 1000m above the city streets and is much larger and impressive in real life than I had imagined. We arrived at the Zebra Inn (appropriate African residence) feeling very tired from the long flight, 24 hours to be precise. Luckily our room was ready and all we could think about was taking a shower and going straight to bed. Considering it was lunchtime we resisted the urge to flake out and went and had some lunch on Long St. This is the café area of Cape Town city centre and is about 1km long. It has all the icons of any back packer district (that is to say nothing authentic to that country) including a Bob Marley bar and a “Genuine Irish Pub”

 

Did some wine tasting for 30 rand each for 5 wines

Did some wine tasting for 30 rand each for 5 wines

 

After lunch we returned to our room and promptly slept for 13 hours awakening at about 5am the next morning, perfect.

We decided we would get our bearings in Cape Town by doing what many consider to be sightseeing sacrilege the open bus tour! I know very touristy but it looked very promising as it included an excursion around to the western beaches and a tour of the wine district all very close to Cape Town city centre. The roads around the other side of Table Mountain weaved through pleasant leafy neighbourhoods and this side of the mountain was covered with lush forests which we were not expecting. The views across the valley were stunning and we were beginning to get the feeling that life in Cape Town has much to offer those who are on the right side the economic equation.

The beaches were very beautiful and hemmed in by dramatic sea cliffs. All lined with upmarket restaurants and bars. While the sand was inviting the water certainly was not a very chilly 9 degrees and it actually made your feet ache with pain when we went in for just a foot dip.

On our 2nd day we climbed to the top of Table Mountain

On our 2nd day we climbed to the top of Table Mountain

 

Freezing water at Camp Bay

Freezing water at Camp Bay

 

By far the highlight of our stay in Cape Town was hiring a car and driving down to the Cape of Good Hope. This is the most south westerly point on the African continent and seemed a fitting place to begin an overland journey from Africa to Asia. The drive down was spectacular as it clung precariously to the high cliffs. Vast deserted sandy beaches stretched away to the distance. This really is a must do for anyone coming to Cape Town.

 

Just as we approached the final tip of Africa we were rewarded with a sighting of Ostriches running along the beach of all places. At last a true icon of Africa and it only took three days. Emma had been taking careful note of all the anti-baboon propaganda basically stating that they are very dangerous. Well as you can imagine every time I wanted to get out of the car to take a photo I very quickly heard the car door lock behind me. Casting my eye back I could see Emma checking in all directions for an imminent baboon strike.

 

Just one of the amazing deserted beached heading down to the Cape Pt

Just one of the amazing deserted beached heading down to the Cape Pt

 

This feels like a great place to start an overland Journey to Singapore

This feels like a great place to start an overland Journey to Singapore

 

We headed back to Cape Town and returned the car but before we could they drove us to a petrol station and filled it up. Then we had to pay the service station direct before finally handing the keys over. I was not sure that we were done when I was told “okay all good now”

The accent here is very infectious and we are having to resist saying “ya” at the end of all our sentences. Cape Town is great city but there is nothing here of the Africa you are looking for. It’s a great place to start or finish a trip and so with that in mind we head off next by Bus to Windhoek Namibia.

Love and Hugs Greg and Emma

 

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