Good Hope for the wine

Trip Start Nov 06, 2011
Trip End Nov 21, 2011

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Flag of South Africa  , Western Cape,
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Busy day. We decided to head down to the Cape of Good Hope. We drove past the beautiful Clifton beaches and Camps Bay then down to Chapman's Peak Drive.

The toll route is spectacular - stunning views of Hoeks Bay all the way. The place names made me giggle - Llandudno and Scarborough, without a static in sight and no knickerbocker glories.

The Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point were ruggedly pretty, but way too many people for our liking. That said as soon as you get of the main paths the crowds thin considerably. And out at the Cape of Good Hope ( the funicular railway and restaurants are 500m away at Cape Point) there was only a dozen people. After walking around the capes and taking far too many pictures we headed up the False Bay side of the peninsula. Cue more stunning views and snaking roads.

 We stopped at Boulders Bay to see the penguins. The R45 to get in really peed me off - this was the third time we'd paid to get into the Table Mountain National Park - I really felt that 'they' were out to get their pound of flesh. The small colony of penguins was worth it though. They're just so cute. Lots of scruffy looking juveniles losing their fluffy feathers. Once again there were too many people - especially given the boardwalks are only short.  There were four coaches outside and lots of pushing and jostling for the most advantageous position on the viewing platform. Once again going slightly off the main track (to the second boardwalk) we escaped most of the crowds, which was odd considering the second boardwalk was 10m from the main boardwalk and gave just as good views.

We then trundled round the coast before heading inland to Stellenbosch.

Stellenbosch is lovely, leafy with lots of street cafes and student art adorning the corners and gardens. Unfortunately we didn't have long to explore. We headed to Moyo at Spier winery and the start of the wedding we are here for.

Moyo isn't really my thing but was fun enough. The buffet was nice - I got to try wilderbeast and impala steaks and springbok sausages. The entertainment was a little to like Butlins for me. But the wine flowed and the company was great - which is of course why we are here. Great to catch up with old friends.


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