We arrived from the UK on the 26th of October from the cooling down UK to the high 20’s. We hired a cute little one bed house from Agostine on the edge of De Waterkant district adjoining Bo Kaap, the colourful old quarter of the town.
It was pretty central to walk to some local restaurants and the supermarket and we did walk to the V&A Waterfront as well one evening. We hired a car while the Landy was clearing customs and quickly got into the spirit of Cape Town driving like a local (with Ange closing her eyes at some manoeuvres). At the end of the street there was this view of Table Mountain.
We were planning on hiking up the mountain, but we left it too late in the morning to get started and didn’t fancy it in the hottest part of the day, so took the cable car ride up. The view up there was staggering covering the Cape bay with the infamous Robben Island, over Stellenbosch winelands and Camps Bay and Llandudno! (it’s never been this hot back in the real one )
We also saw a Dassie (Rock Hyrax) on top eating someone’s tissue – nice.
We visited Cape point and the Cape of Good Hope towards the end of the day. At the Hope, we had the place to ourselves for a while. Someone then rudely turned up, but at least they took the picture for us…
The wind was fairly strong here (which is a bit of a story as we’ve moved on our trip making camping on the roof a bit exciting). Sadly, there was a dead whale washed up on the rocks. It was obviously male, and we tried to walk down the rocks to get a bit closer. As we neared, the rocks started to get very slippery and the whiff of dead animal started to kick in. We realised the slipperiness was the blubber and it took some time to get rid of the smell of it. On the drive back from Hope, we saw these ostriches on the beach – talk about out of context.
Then visited the penguin colony at Boulders Beach towards evening and the din of the animals was deafening (also sounded like a herd of donkeys). Fairly cute though.
We visited the Kirstenbosch Botanic gardens one day with a fantastic collection of flora and a bit of an impressive back drop. We had a fantastic meal in the restaurant Moya on site and typically went for the all you can eat buffet. There was a great variety of African meals, from soups, to salads to babotie, fish, lamb, beef, chicken… and a dessert that tasted just like sticky toffee pudding. Talk about needing to walk off the calories
Tomorrow we pick up the Landy and then the adventure really begins.