South Africa – Part 3

After safari, we went to Cape Town for a few days. Cape Town is, in one word, un-bloody-believable. See what I did there? I am already itching to go back. Shoot, I might even just pack up and move there. We stayed in a boutique bed and breakfast in a rather upscale part of town that was so nice I’m kind of disappointed we didn’t spend more time inside. Oh wait, I’m not.

We hired a guide to take us hiking on Table Mountain, and he was great. It was so interesting to have a candid discussion about racial tensions in South Africa with a person who experienced apartheid and who’s uncle was in Robbin Island and wrote a book about their experience in prison. He was a really great guy.

Hiking on Table Mountain

Hiking on Table Mountain

The hike was also phenomenal! We ate lunch by a water reservoir, where you could see all the way to the cape. In all it took us about 6 hours to get to the cable car, which honestly was not even the best part. It was really cool to look out and see the city, and riding the cable car down was fun, but the views over the false cape were absolutely stunning.

The next day, or previous one, I can’t remember, we went on a wine tasting tour in the Stellenbosch region. I was skeptical at first, but our guide was really accommodating. After she found out that I’m more of a beer person, she changed up the schedule and took us to a beer tasting too!

Beer tasting at Cape Brewing Company, it was delicious!

Beer tasting at Cape Brewing Company, it was delicious!

After the beer tasting it was back to wines. Which wasn’t a terrible thing, as we definitely had some good ones. And the scenery wasn’t bad either! We managed to sneak in a olive oil tasting as well, which was interesting. I never realized that the quality of your olive oil matters, but now at least I can tell you if it’s good or not.

Wines and olive oils and lovely views

Wines and olive oils and lovely views

After the wine tasting tour, we were pretty tired and leaving the next day. But we thought we should sneak in a trip down to the Cape of Good Hope before we headed back. Even though we were squeezed for time, our flight out was that afternoon, the whirlwind tour was definitely worth it. We made it down to the Cape in excellent time, and even got to go see the penguins!

A lighthouse shines across False Bay.

A lighthouse shines across False Bay.

Lauren looking at the penguins

Lauren looking at the penguins

I'm pretty sure that this will be our retirement home, just needs some TLC!

I’m pretty sure that this will be our retirement home, just needs some TLC!

Along the way

Along the way

All that really needs to be said about our South Africa trip is that it was awesome, and I’d love to go back!

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One thought on “South Africa – Part 3

  1. You are right about Cape Town. It demands that you fall head over heals in love with it. We keep thinking maybe we could get posted at the Consulate there and then just be in total awe for three years.

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