Adventures in South Africa – Cape Town

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Let’s take a break from the slightly belated posts and return to the extremely belated posts – from my trip to South Africa back in January! In the last posts from this series I described our safari experience at Kruger Park and our drive along the Garden Route, at the end of which The Boy and I arrived in Cape Town.

My introduction to Cape Town was a memorable one – we drove in just in time for me to attend the hens party for a friend, which included a (slightly choppy) ferry ride giving amazing sunset views of this beautiful port city. We spent our time in Cape Town relaxing as well as exploring, meeting up with friends and enjoying the excellent local food. The highlight for me was a visit to Boulders Beach, known for its colony of African penguins which will waddle right up to you, completely unafraid.

We set our sights early on hiking up the towering Table Mountain, but with heavy clouds hanging around the top we were advised to leave it for another day. Instead we took our chances with neighbouring (but sunny) Lion’s Head, a longer but less steep climb winding around the peak, giving views of the city from all sides.

Eventually we did make it up Table Mountain – but having strained ourselves enough climbing Lion’s Head we took the easy route and rode the cable car. Being the first ones up that morning we had the flat top of the mountain mostly to ourselves, and the quiet view of the city was fitting for our final day.

We did roam beyond Cape Town for an epic beach wedding, wine tasting and more hiking – more on that next time!

Cape Town from the ferry – crazy clouds around Lion’s Head!
Cape Town wineries rival Margaret River for quality, and at a far smaller price.
Wine tasting at Steenberg Vineyard
Penguins at Boulders Beach
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
View from Lion’s Head
Clouds over Table Mountain (and not anywhere else)
View from Table Mountain

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