Trip Start Mar 08, 2007
Trip End Mar 23, 2007

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Capetown was my first time back in Africa after 13 years and it was worlds different than anyting else I had encountered in Africa. I'm sure that the time has had an impact on that to some extent, but I was utterly shocked by how modern and opulent the city was. While the city was beautiful, it was almost too nice for what I was expecting. It hardly felt as if there was any element of excitement. I might as well have travelled to California and saved the 20 hours on the plane. Initial shock aside, Cape Town was a phenominal city offering loads of sites and things to do. We based our travels out of there for the first week and quickly discovered that we could easily have used several more days to see the additional sites that we wanted to visit. For the first two days we had arranged a room at a hotel next to Green Market square which was centrally located downtown and conveniently situatted just off Long Street. This came in quite handy as we arrived on Saturday night and had to waste little time in making the bar scene. Early the next morning, we walked to the cable car station at the base of Table Mountain. It probably took a n hour to an hour and a half, but it was easy to find between the signs and being able to see generally where we were going. Plus it afforded us the opportunity to walk through some beautiful neighborhoods and get a feel for how people live there. Up on the hillside the homes were amazing; million dollar properties no doubt.
The cable car to the top was a little dissapointing as it onlt took about 4 minutes to travel to the top which did not give much time for picture taking. When we initially reached the top, the mountain was covered with the Table Cloth which limited our view and kept it quite cool. we spent about 5 hours hiking on top of Table mountain in the National park. There was a nice array of trails and there are supposedly more species of plants on Table Mountain than in all of the British Isles.
We did not encounter too many people out on the trails, but apparently 5 people were mugged on the mountain the day that we were up there. It seems like quite a hassle to go all the way up there to mug someone, but I guess there is not a lot of police presence once you get away from the visitors center. We never personally encountered crime and felt safe pretty much everywhere that we went in the country.
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