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Trip Start Jun 03, 2001
63Trip End ??? ??, 2002
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Cape town came into view at about 8am after passing over Robben Island, location of the famous Maximum security prison which housed, among othes, Robert Sobukwe, and ex-president Mandela.
I made the most of the free pick-up from the Airport offered by the Ashanti lodge where i have booked a week stay! 30 mins later i was asleep, safe in the knowledge that my pillow would not be punched by a drunk scotsman every five minuites
We continued the tourist vibe the next day and booked a tour of Robben Island for R100 (9.80 gbp) we had three guides for a three hour tour, and what a place! each of the guides were ex-prisioners and each gave a no holes barred account of his treatment on the island. The last guide spoke of how he survived five years here and how if the "New south Africa" was not born he was due for release in 2003. He had total forgiveness for the way he was treated under Apartheid rule and for the government of the Old South Africa. Quite a man and quite a place, well worth its recent World Heritage site listing.
As for the rest of my trip I have had a great day visting a few museums and the Cape Of Good Hope Castle, which is home to the oldest wine shop in South Africa...hic ;-)
So overall impressions of Cape Town are that it is a small city rather than a large Town with great people, who love their corner of Africa and want as many people to see it as possible. Let's hope they get the right type of tourist and we don't see a "Costa del Cape Town" in the next few years.
I will try to find a good scanner in NZ so you can get some views of Cape Town
Hope everyone is well and keep the e-mails coming (remember the new address)