The end of the continent...Cape Town
Trip Start Jun 25, 2006
127Trip End Aug 01, 2007
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We spent the final day of our overland tour going around the Cape of Good Hope. If you remember back from your school days, you'll recall that it is the end of the African continent. The park had great sightseeing and a few groups of ostriches and baboons prowling about. Also made a stop at a beach where penguins nest before heading into Cape Town. After only seeing penguins on TV in super frigid conditions it was a bit strange seeing the little guys nesting amidst green trees and bushes! A farewell dinner ended the overland trip for us.
The overland truck tour is the only organized "tour" (other than a 3-day safari in Zambia) that we are doing on our one-year trip. In reflecting back on the last 35 days, we saw an amazing amount of stuff and covered a huge distance
Cape Town is nestled into the area surrounding a number of dramatic rocky peaks. It is a super modern town that except for the stunning location and some Dutch-influenced architecture could easily be mistaken for being a city in Florida. We loved it at first sight! We've spent the last two days wandering around the downtown and waterfront areas, scouting out where to take Katie's family once they arrive here next week. Not surprisingly we've managed to do a bit of shopping as well.
This morning we are renting a car to head back into the winelands region to stay a night in Franschoek before heading south to the coastal town of Hermanus. I'm a bit nervous about the car rental, not that the driving here is any more hectic than New Jersey, but they drive on the left hand side of the road. So much for a "relaxing drive", I'll be seriously stressed making sure I'm doing the exact opposite of almost every driving rule I've ever learned!
Cape Town is the first city that we have been to that I would happily move too
While I love being in civilization, there is far less "material" here for interesting and funny stories. The more like home a city is, the more difficult it is to notice strangeness. For that reason, I am really looking forward to moving on in a few weeks to Sri Lanka and India... no shortage of "material" there.