Our last stop in Africa
After an amazing few weeks in eastern Africa, our next stop took us around the world (it felt that long!) to South Africa. We went from Zanzibar to addis abba, Johannesburg to finally Cape Town!! What we found was not what we expected, a truly European-ish city situated within Africa. We had 4 days to conquer the grand number of things there are to do in this beautiful city.
Cape town actually resembles San Francisco, with the ocean on one side and the mountains in the backdrop. We started out by getting an orientation of the city, checking out the majestic table mountain (it was closed for days due to low visibility but luck was on our side and it was a sunny clear day!), the coastal drive and areas- camps bay, Clifton beach (white sand and cold water!), the v and a waterfront (similar but nicer than fisher and wharf), district 6, etc etc etc!
Day two was focused on what I love most- wine!! We spent the day an hour outside the city exploring 3 wine areas, stellenbosch, franschoek, and Paarl. It's close proximity to the city makes it totally convenient to check out. Stellenbosch is a really cute town, where one of the best universities resides. It's filled with cute cafes, restaurants, and shops. This was my favorite town of all the stops we made. It was also a special stomping ground for a dear friend of mine, so definitely had to check it out. Franschoek was the next town we explored a bit, smaller relatively with its own charm but stellenbosch was my favorite. We tasted at 3 wineries that were all quite different, the first being the large scale commercial production type affair, and the second two being more charming and boutique. Rickety bridge and Laborie were the two I enjoyed- pinotage hit the spot! It was a beautiful warm day and we really enjoyed exploring wine country. Wish we had a bit more time to taste more!
The next day was focused on visiting the cape of good hope, said to be the southern tip of South Africa where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. Apparently this is not correct, it's actually cape Agulhas that is the most southern point! Regardless, the scenery is cape point is out of this world. We did quite a bit of walking and enjoyed lunch at the restaurant outside sitting beside the ocean. The drive down here and through this area was absolutely stunning.
The last key stop for us was Robbin island- the historic area where Nelson Mandela and others were imprisoned for over twenty years. We booked in advance which is critical as it books up very quickly. We started out with a boat ride to the island, followed by a 45 minute bus tour, and finally a walk through the main prison with a guide who was actually an ex-prisoner. It was a really informative and eye opening tour that I would highly recommend.
Cape Town is definately a place to come back to. We learned so much about the history of the city and the people in such a jam packed four days. On my follow up to dos is to reach Nelson Mandela's book "Long Walk to Freedom."
We bid farewell to Africa and are greatful for all the time we had here. Next stop--- the Asian continent, Beijing.