All good things must come to an end

Trip Start Aug 26, 2012
Trip End Dec 22, 2013

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Carnival Court Backpackers Cape Town
Read my review - 2/5 stars

Flag of South Africa  ,
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

On the second last day of the tour and an hour from starting out we said goodbye to Namibia and hello to South Africa. The board crossing in SA was very different then all the previous crossings; more organized and stringent.  First we had to clear immigration, than we had to take all of our electronics to be registered, providing serial numbers and approximate value.  Upon leaving SA we have to produce the registration paper to prove that none of the electronics were purchased in the country.  Last stop was a police check ??  After spending a couple hours at the border, the rest of the day was spent driving to a town called Citrusdal on the Orange River. This area is the start of the wine and fruit growing regions in SA and after seeing so much rock and desert in Namibia , the greenery was a sight for sore eyes; very beautiful to drive through.

Our last night of camping was at a place called the Highlanders right in the middle of the vineyards and was owned by a lovely family who also owns the Klawer winery (  Sparky the owner, indulged us in a wine tasting of seven of the wines he makes.  The wines were fantastic and I was excited when he said they export to Canada.   But upon further inquiry, export is only to B.C.; too bad for us Ontarians.  The wine tasting was a great way to spend our last sunset on tour.  We also had a fantastic last supper that our cook did not have to make (he had the night off!) and afterwards as we were all fortified with wine and food, we carried on to the bar for pool and dancing.  A great night as people who had not danced the entire trip finally got their dance on!

Next morning after putting the tents down for the final time it was back in the truck for a 5 hr drive to Cape Town.  Our driver was definitely on a mission to get us there as quick as possible and with the horrible suspension on the truck it was a long 5hr African massage.   But the scenery and the fact it was our last drive made it tolerable.  Coming into Cape Town and seeing Table Mountain in the distance was breath taking.  Before getting into town we made a detour to Cape View to get some photos of the city and the mountain in the background as well as some last shots with the group and crew.  Then it was on to our final destination in town where we were forced to part ways...for the afternoon at least.  I know all good things must come to an end but I reluctantly did not want to get off the truck. It has been such a great journey and arriving in Cape Town meant it was over.    

As it was such a beautiful clear day when we arrived, about half the group decided to take the cable car up Table Mountain and spend the afternoon there.  The views of the city, harbour and beyond were incredible.  Towards the end of the day we got to experience the clouds rolling in and cover the mountain, affectionately known as the "tablecloth".  Dinner with the group was at a really good restaurant called Arnolds on Kloof St and then on to the bars on Long Street.  It was another great night not to forget and a good way to celebrate an end of an amazing trip.
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Claudia Baskerville on

Hi Molly: we had a local woman talk at our local UCW meeting about her love affair with South Africa. She is absolutely besotted with the people the land and the cultures.

Donald MacInnes on

I am also jealous,always wanted to go to S.A.,if you time there is Cdn,running a B&B at 28 Rose St . Capetown,say hello to Bruce Speir for me.Good luck for next journey.Don

eddim on

Hi Don,
I was in Cape Town in the beginning Nov. Heading East towards J'burg. Say hi to Kate and Dave for me please.

eddim on

LOL Laura! Not sure what the deal is about the electronics but I'm sure I'll find out next week when I fly out of J'burg. Not sure how much dance I'll be getting on in India. But if there is a'll be the first to know.

Take Care and enjoy the upcoming holidays.
xo -Molly

eddim on

Hi Claudia,

Only after being in Durban for almost 2 weeks am I getting the same sense. But I would agree with her.

Hope all is well! Molly

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