Our African Safari comes to an end

Trip Start Sep 02, 2007
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Trip End Sep 01, 2008


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Flag of South Africa  , Western Cape,
Sunday, December 30, 2007

We went on Holiday to South Africa several years ago and we were excited to be returning to a place we knew and is closer to home in terms of creature comforts, especially after three months of quite hard core travelling! Having arrived in Cape Town from Windhoek we were really looking forward to enjoying five days in Camps Bay for a little bit of extra luxury in a nice apartment 2 minutes walk from the beach. Camps Bay is surrounded by the amazing vista of Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles (12 other peaks) which photos can't do justice to. We sunbathed a lot on the beaches but when we went to swim in the sea it was so cold that it hurt! We kept to the pool when we wanted a dip after that.

In CT itself we based ourselves in the city bowl area in Long Street which is a very cool place to hang out with numerous cafe's, bars, restaurants, shops and loads of backpackers. We stayed at Inn Longstreet which was comfortable and cheap, but after the first night we also found out it was next to the nightclub. It was ear plugs every night after that!

Whilst in Cape Town we went on a wine tour which was awesome. The last time we were in South Africa we hired a car so could only drink a little (and use the spitoons!) This time though we had a driver so could try as much of the wine as we liked. There was also cheese and chocolate tasting so it was a really fab day! I (tom) bought a Springbok shirt, I know they beat us but it's a nice jersey and a good souvenier. Anyway I wore it on the wine tour and when we visted the Beyerskloof vineyard the owner let us look in his private cellar because he is a big rugby fan. Down there he had a huge bottle signed by the winning Spingbok team.

We wanted to travel along the East coast to Durban so decided to use the backpackers favourite - the Baz Bus. It's quite a cool system - they take you to local backpackers which you choose to stay at along the route. Oudtshoorn was a cool place an hour from the coast. It is an area full of Ostriches. There is also some pretty incredible caves called the Cango caves. We went on the 'adventure tour' which involved going through some tight passges - known as the letter box & the chimney stack which were very small - 'get on your belly and crawl' small. At Jeffreys Bay (a famous surfing spot) we had a surfing lesson and both managed to stand up a couple of times.

Christmas Day was strange for us because the backpackers we had chosen was a fairly quiet one, unlike the noisy times we're used to at home with our families! The backpackers organised a Christmas meal though and we spent the evening chatting to a couple of Sweedish travelers. We thought a year was a long time away but one guy we spoke to, Rod, had built his own boat and sailed the oceans for 3 years! He had taken his family with him though.

Four months is a long time, but we filled it quite well! It hasn't gone too quickly which is a good thing but it certainly didn't drag either. Having spoken to other travellers about their African experiences, we realised that to summarise the highlights of our African Safari would be to say that staying with African familes as we did in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania made the trip what it was. It gave us a genuine feel for life there, including the ups and downs and we feel blessed to have been looked after by those we stayed with. So we'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who had us to stay and looked after us so well. Of course there were so many other things we enjoyed and hopefully we've captured some of those memories in our previous blog entries and photos!
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geoffansell
geoffansell on

Surfs up
Good to hear that your overall experience of Africa was enjoyable.
It looks like I am going to have to take some serious surf lessons here in Devon before you visit in Sept.Have a great time in Nepal.
Love Dad xx

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