In Cape Town, we were surprised at the amount of security around the buildings and houses, each had large iron fences and gates, a security guard at the entrance and/or armed responses. At night it is advised to not walk on your own and to take a taxi to wherever you needed to go. This is one of the safest cities in South Africa.
We took the cable car up Table Mountain, the temperature was +35 degrees, so a little too hot for mountain walking! And spent a day touring the Cape Peninsula, along the way we visited the penguins at Boulders Beach, took a walk along the Cape of Good Hope, seeing snakes, baboons and ostriches along the way.
We then headed east to Stellenbosch and booked into an aptly named backpackers called the Stumble Inn. One of the “to dos” in Stellenbosch is a wine tour, which we did and yes, you’ve guessed it, we stumbled back in at the end of the day! It was a beautiful sunny day when the first cork was popped at 11am. There were eight English people on the tour, who all became much more chatty after the first wine stop, about three glasses of wine (each). The tour carried on after lunch (with wine) visiting another four local establishments, with an average of five “tasters” of red, white or fizz at each stop. We all decided it was a good idea to crack open a bottle on the way back, the photos just show me and Kev drinking, but there were others, we have photographic evidence – honest! Five of us continued to drink in the Stumble Inn bar for a good few hours afterwards, with Kev taking early evening naps in-between rounds. There were very bad hangovers the next day!
From Stellenbosch we drove along the Garden Route, visited an ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn, continued onto Storms River, visiting the Tsitsikamma National Park which had some beautiful walks including a waterfall trail. We stayed at a backpackers place called Dijembe, the main attraction here were the two dogs, both appearing in the photos. Tiger was constantly chasing something, whether it be a football, frisbee or a bottle top. You throw it, he would retrieve it, drop it at your feet and then nudge you until you threw it again. Jesse was a lot calmer and liked nothing more than a belly rub and a lay in the sun.
At Storms River we met Helen (from Tilehurst) and decided to challenge Kev and Helen’s fear of heights by going zip lining – photographic evidence included! Video footage available upon request ;-)