Saturday, October 10, 2009
South Africa ... almost done?
The last week of my trip took us down the Garden Route - gorgeous sceneries including an area called Wilderness. A visit of the Cang Caves before heading to Stellenbosch: south africas's second oldest european settlement with its oak lined streets and great opportunities to enjoy world famous wine ... discovery: i am more into red : )
Final stop: Capetown. Heading into the capital of this beautiful and diverse country was a time of reflection - even more than usual : ) One more day before this group of almost 20 people would go separate ways and even though I am such a strong supporter of independent travel, i couldn't deny that I would miss the folks that shared nights around the fire, hippos behind the tents, squad toilets and cold water showers for 53 days.
The sun was bright when we arrived at our hotel (!!!) right in the city bowl. Exploring the city started immediately: first the waterfront. A beautiful, clean and modern harbor with plenty of shopping opportunities as well as eateries was awaiting us.
Our last night was spend on Long Street - First at MAMA AFRICA - great food with live music ... the crew than continued to the Irish Pub across the street.
Capetown, as many other large cities, but especially south african cities, is dangerous. To make it more compfortable for the tourist wandering the streets at night, many "security guards" are lining Long street ....making my way back to the hotel fairly safe : )
Many of the folks left over the next days, and i discovered that i would be the last of us to head home ... since i had two more weeks in this beautiful country before ending my journey. for this time.