Apple Tree Guest House
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After a good rest in the sun, we drove half an hour to the small town of Franschhoek, a beautiful town nestled between the mountain in the Cape winelands. We took a walk around town and after some afternoon tea, headed back to Stellenbosch - exhausted after a day of wine in the sun! Despite being tired, we took a walk into the town for the famous Stellenbosch street ...
We heard today that they will only be leaving Joburg at 10pm on Saturday (but they leave Cape Town at 6.30am!), so Mare has sensibly arranged to take the kids to Maropeng, The Cradle of Humankind, rather than spending 14 hours hanging around in Joburg airport! Of course the flight could change yet again, so we wait with bated breath (and some concern about the time of our family's flight on 1st July). All out of ...
... settled by the Huguenots and still very French in feel.
We visited three Franschhoek wineries that afternoon. The grounds and scenery were beautiful at each, and all of the wine was delicious. The wider Stellenbosch wine region, of which Franschhoek is a part, is very well-established; some wineries date back to the 17th century. Many wineries are on grand estates, and (unlike in Tasmania, for example) the country exports a ...
... is truly infectious.
Next, we decided to see Robben Island, made famous as the island penitentiary of Nelson Mandela. The island is located just off the Cape Town harbour and just a short 30 min ferry ride. The group is large, but they break us into smaller groups on tour buses once on the actual island. We tour the island, learning about the struggles and challenges of the political prisoners once held here. It is truly a tragic and heart aching place, ...
... After spending almost a month hiking in June/July, I thought this hike would be no big deal but I was wrong. We crossed knee deep ice-cold water -- during which some fellow travelers were piggie-backed accross -- and had to be hoisted up rocks that were twice our size. We crawled through tight spaces but we were all happy when we finally made it to the summit around noon.
Hestea, our resident director, told us stories of past trips to the ...