Week Two - Cape Town
Trip Start Aug 26, 2003
50Trip End Aug 24, 2004
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Drove down to Century City Shopping Mall, got caught up with admin and banking chores - just like a normal working day but sun blazing outside. Worth a trip to this impressive shopping and eatery complex if in this area. Met up with Louise and Phillip for dinner at 0932 (named after the international code for Belgium) - had steak and chips to die for, don't miss Chocolate Bomb for pudding.
Day 9 - Wednesday 3 September 2003
Caught 8.20am Biggsy's Buffet car to Simon's Town to see penguins at Boulders Bay - best way to get there to see the coastline close up. Rain started and we headed back to CT to Gold Museum - crap - round it in 5 minutes, better display of gold in Mike Tyson's mouth
Day 10 - Thursday 4 September 2003
Left early for West Cape Golf and Spa Resort, 6* hotel five miles from Hermanus in Kleinmond. Got a deal of R1500 instead of R5000 to include round of golf for Peter and beauty treatment for Nicola. Drove up from CT via scenic route through Gordon's Bay, stopped on cliff top where watched with hundreds of others, 6 Southern Right Whales performing in the sea below, oohs and aahs were reminiscent of New Year's Eve firework display. Further on came upon delightful Bay Cafe in Betty's Town for Full Monty Fry, mention 'brown sauce' for discount. Dinner and cocktails in Hotel, nicest bedroom ever with bath overlooking lagoon.
Day 11 - Friday 5 September 2003
Peter tees off at 9.30am. Nicola's treatments begin at 11.00am.
Played golf with three SA guys, polite but not friendly
Nicola has first ever back massage by small but very strong masseuse followed by first ever facial and talked into R1500 worth of beauty products. Lucky not charged to final bill. No difference apparent after beauty treatments but thoroughly enjoyed it.
Headed back to CT, met Belinda at Eclipse, Camps Bay for sundowners followed by noodles for 2GBP in Pon's Asian Noodle Bar. Best ever noodles, best ever cocktails and met match in SA drinking buddy, Belinda.
Day 12 - Saturday 6 September 2003
Drove down to Cape Point National Park, called off for great fish and chips in Salty Sea Dog, Simon's Town. Watched baboons chasing tourists with food and drinking Appletizer. Climbed to lighthouse at south western most point of Africa for stunning views. Saw first wild Ostrich's. Back to CT, booked Baz Bus to Durban, via southern Drakensburg Mountain range and Lesotho. Cost R1500 each - more than expected. Departing Tuesday morning at 7.45am
Day 13 - Sunday 7 September 2003
Drove 100k north to West Coast National Park. Got to entrance, realised no money, had to drive further 30k to get ATM. Finally entered park and dodged tortoises and snakes crossing road. Got out of car to identify snake, snake looked dead so Peter approached to check, after being hissed at we were sure the Puff Adder was still alive. Lunch at Geelbeek Tea Room whilst Weaver Birds built their nest in the sunshine and ate Springbok Pie. On to gorgeous beaches in the northern tip of Park, ticked off Wildebeest, Zebra, Gazelles, Springbok and Gemsbok on our 'To See List'. On way out spotted breed of Antelope not in guide book. Due to its long sloping forehead and grunts of 'mooman' we have decided to name it the AntandDecalope. One of our best trips so far - well worth a visit.
Met Belinda and Phillip for farewell dinner at Nelson's Eye for steaks. Went on to 'Joburg' bar for late drinks, decided to meet up for absolute final, final farewell drinks on Monday.
Day 14 - Monday 8 September 2003
As we still hadn't managed to do a wine tour of the estates decided to visit 'Klein Constantia', Constantia
Met Belinda and Phillip for final final drinks at Cafe Bardeli, Kloof Street and this time joined by Jo Cockcroft and her boyfriend Tom. Jo is contact through friend Kerryn from Joburg, whose world renowned marine biologist father, Dr Vic Cockcroft, is going to take us out whale and dolphin watching in Plettenburg Bay. Few drinks into session, as usual, but v enjoyable.