The end of the continent...Cape Town

Trip Start Jun 25, 2006
Trip End Aug 01, 2007

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

He Said:

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. For the most part the group was very cohesive and amiable. I can't imagine how 24 adults could travel together in this close of circumstances for that long and get along as well as we did. If I had a chance to do it again, I would still want to do the overland tour. We did meet some really cool people in the group that we really hope we can meet up with again sometime in the future. But all that being said, I think we are both glad to be on our own again, setting our own pace and arranging everything ourselves.

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!

She Said:

Cape Town is the first city that we have been to that I would happily move too! It is very reminiscent of San Francisco...ocean meets mountains with a very pretty city in between. There are tons of things to see and do here - museums, hiking, gardens, shopping, beach, and ferry tours of the bay and Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner for over 25 years). And with the winelands so close, Cape Town is really a great vacation destination. The major drawback is the extremely long flight from the US, but if you can survive that (or break it up with a stopover in Dubai or something), it is worth it!

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.
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phh on

Longhaul to Cape Town
A stop-over in Dubai??
That's like going from Seatle to Miami via London! Try Buenos Aires or Rio or something in South America. A lot shorter. And there are direct flights to Cape Town and Johannesburg from New York and Atlanta....

Surtrek Web on

These pictures are so beautiful. can i see more picture?

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I agree. The place is really great. I love to stay in Cape town, specially during summer.

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