ARRIVAL OF SOUTH AFRICA
Let us clear out one thing first. When we are traveling to South Africa, we are really going to Cape Town, and are spending most of our time there. We are arriving Cape Town 1st of August, and are staying for two weeks! Cape Town is a coming-together of cultures, cuisines, and landscapes, there’s nowhere quite like Cape Town there is said. It’s known to be a singularly beautiful city crowned by the magnificent Table Mountain National Park!
WHY SOUTH AFRICA
Best City in to visit in the World?
For the fourth year in a row, the Telegraph Travel Awards voted Cape Town the Best City in the world to visit and Cape Town was appointed the best place in the world to visit by the New York Times in 2014. So we decided to take a closer look on what Cape Town has to offer.
Cape Town is one of the most visited cities in Africa. From awe-inspiring natural beauty and exciting outdoor sports opportunities to amazing local cuisines. Stunning scenery, great lifestyle and the most friendly people. The easy pace of life and cosmopolitan mix of own culture attracts many people from around the world. So no wonder, tourist and expats alike vote consistently for Cape Town to rank among the top cities around the world.
This city was also the first city outside Europe to get Blue Flag status due to its high water quality, fantastic facilities, safety, and cleanliness. Lately, there has been an awful drought, and Cape Town was applying water ration. However after heavy rainfall for a period of time now, it looks like the crisis is over for this time.
We won’t forget the awesome Table Mountain range with the Twelve Apostles either. With the white sandy beaches and not to forget the vicinity of the Cape Winelands. We heard about the fabulous cuisine that also comes up first when you ask anybody about what makes Cape Town so attractive for travel. So we have a small dream about buying local cuisine, carry it on top of Table Mountain and enjoy the great scenery with great food. Maybe a bottle of South Africa wine too?
Beneath the mountains are some of the most beautiful beach communities you’ll ever see. You can also dive with the great white shark, in a cage! Just outside the city is a beach filled with penguins (as if the clear blue water wasn’t enticing enough). After a couple of months with Safaris and Bungalows, it will probably be nice with a “Big City” adventure, though the adventures of the wildlife are never far off.
South Africa, and especially Cape Town, has plenty to offer whether you wish to go off the beaten track or visit its popular tourist attractions. Our plan is to take the opportunity for day trips and hikes, while the beaches are as inviting a place to relax and unwind after a hard day’s work. We wish to soak up whatever culture that hits our path and enjoy the local life and cuisine. Furthermore, Cape Town is going to be our mid-stop resting destination. After two months in Madagascar, we aim to catch up with the world while we also get to experience the city.
Cape Town presents a number of indoor and outdoor options which ranges from classical music, theatre, art, water-sports. And within a days driving outside the city, extreme adventures like bungee jumping. Did we mention that we are jumping the worlds highest Bungee Jump? We read somewhere “What puts this city on the top 10 global lists on a regular basis is its spectacular scenery. The city of Cape Town is home to some of the most magical views on the planet.”
This is a unique chance to make some good content to the project, culture and great scenery alike.
As opposite to Madagascar where we are renting a driver, we are driving on our own here. There are two day-excursions we are going to and we might as well rent our own car for this purpose.
Other than that we are using our feet and local taxi. Cape Town is a huge city, but we wouldn’t be without our daily strolls. We were advised to look for the yellow cabs, as they are the “safe” ones. Guessing that’s an option too if we are too tired.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
“Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden lives up to its reputation as the most beautiful garden in Africa and one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain.”
We got this tip surfing the web, and the pictures just sold us completely. This garden is a part of a nature reserve and contains pretty much what gardens are supposed to contain: lots of plants and flowers. Kirstenbosch is the first botanic garden in the world to be included within a natural World Heritage Site, declared by UNESCO in 2004. So we are pretty stoked to visit a World Heritage Site!
The famous Table Mountain, which is home to the richest, yet smallest floral kingdom on earth. It was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2011. With spectacular views of Cape Town and it’s scenery this city also has its wildlife. Animals like Cape Mountain Zebra, Chacma Baboon, and Cape Clawless Otter, it’s an understatement to say that we are excited as hell. We will let the website speak for itself.
“Table Mountain National Park is recognized as one of the world’s most remarkable attractions – a scenic, historic, cultural and recreational asset. A blend of rugged mountains, moonlit beaches, ancient forests and much more surrounded by the city. Acclaimed landmarks Table Mountain and the historic Cape of Good Hope draw millions of visitors every year.
The Boulders Penguin Colony
Our research came up with this line as our first hit “Welcome to paradise: penguins and beautiful beaches in a seaside village”. You don’t have to tell us twice! What more can we wish for than watching penguins while sunbathing on a beach? We are expecting our self to hang out more than one day to be honest.
“Penguins live almost exclusively in the southern hemisphere, but yes, you will also find them in South Africa, in the seaside village Simon’s Town in False Bay between Fish Hoek and Cape Point – an easy hour‘s drive from Cape Town. Experience the African Penguins which settled there in 1982 and the magnificent wind sheltered, safe beaches.”
West Coast National Park
If we go 120 kilometers from Cape Town we find the West Coast National Park. is sprawled across more than 100 square miles and is home to a fascinating array of flora and fauna. The park is made up of marshy wetlands, rolling fields, and varied stretches of rocky and smooth golden coastline.
Its Jutten and Malgas islands are home to a large number of seabirds. This includes unique species such as the African penguin and African oystercatcher. We like seabirds, there is something about their look that’s pure awesomeness. The park is particularly well-known for its huge concentration of migratory birds too!
The Robben Island Museum
The Robben Island Museum is among the most fascinating and inspirational places to visit they say. This is the island is where former leader Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in prison. It’s a historical place and not visiting it would make us feel ashamed.
“Robben Island Museum goes way beyond the telling of history; it has symbolic significance not only for South African society with its great diversity of cultures but for the world. Over and above its emotional story stretching back to the mid-1600s, it is a symbol of justice, human rights, and self-sacrifice.”
Showing up on one of our research was “go on wine tasting, of course”, so we just added it to our list. We are really heading into deep water here since neither of us is accustomed to wine tasting in general, but what the hell. A trip to Cape Town wouldn’t be complete without visiting a few of the wineries that are practically within the city limits.
We heard rumors about Cape Town being a good place to go wine tasting from both friends and internet, so yea. Let’s try our luck! So we have picked La Motte Winery as our place to go, after a recommendation we read.