We Love Cape Town!
We’ve been so delighted to return to the many wonders of Cape Town. Along with Sydney and Paris, it ranks as a favorite city of ours. Mountains, ocean, beaches, and vineyards; fascinating history and cosmopolitan, happening vibe … we highly recommend this fabulous destination to anyone. Oh, and $1US buys almost 15 South African Rand, making it so affordable just now!
Our besties, Will and Brandy Taylor, owners of Khashana Adventure Travel, will be basing out of Cape Town for much of the next year. Will’s mom, Val, lives on Woodbridge Island, just minutes from downtown Cape Town. To be near them, we stayed right on the beach, which had the added bonuses of great views of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, Robben Island and Cape Town. We enjoyed morning and sunset walks on the beach, with Shauna and our godson, Rhys, even braving the cold water to play in the surf.
Topping our todo list in Cape Town was a visit to Robben Island. We wanted to see and feel the prison where “Madiba” Nelson Mandela was imprisoned by the South African apartheid government for 18 of his 27 years in confinement. He was released from prison in 1990 and went on to lead the way for the abolition of apartheid in 1994.
We just can’t come to Cape Town without climbing at least one of the iconic mountains that frame the city – Table Mountain and Lion’s Head – and on this trip, we got to do both. As an added bonus, we were led up Skeleton Gorge on Table Mountain by Matt Botha of Wild Child Africa. We loved learning about the Fynbos Biome – the highest concentration of species of any plant kingdom in the world (more variety than the whole of the UK just on Table Mountain), and the various mountain ranges, valleys and oceans that came into view as we climbed our way up. In addition, Matt told us all about the Wild Coast adventures he leads… we can’t wait to do this trek on our next visit to Africa.
After giving our legs a couple days’ rest, we did the walk/climb up Lions Head. We had done this hike in 2008, and it’s no ordinary hike. You do the majority of your climbing in the last quarter of the hike. Straight up in places.
We’ll leave you with a little tribal dancing from the waterfront (video).
Special thanks to Khashana Travel for all the hospitality and special experiences in Cape Town.