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Come with me and enjoy wildlife,landscapes and some cities of South Africa
Posted By: traveler57, 07-24-2017, 04:02 AM

What a beautiful and diverse country.
And it's really a truth, when another person says: "When you come to Africa and you get the virus in your body, you'll be back as soon as possible."
This is how it happened with us. Since 2013, we visit this beautiful country for the third time.
The first time we started our trip from Cape Town, drove along the coast from the Garden Route and spent 5 nights near the Kruger NP.
The whole trip was self-booked, - flights, hotel, B & B and the car for our self drive.

And believe me, there are so many places to discover things and nature, there that would suffice for so many journeys.
For us Europeans, it is always impressive to be able to experience this wide range of landscapes.

So again, my invitation to discover this country.
I will not always appear in chronological order.

But now, we are starting ,- January 2013

1. Amazing view: from the Table Mountain, down to Cape Town City

2. Another Place : on the way to the Cape of Good Hoop

Cape of Good Hope - Wikipedia

Look to Hout Bay, from the Chapman's Peak Drive

Chapman?s Peak Drive ? Wikipedia

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Somerset West - Kirstenbosch - Botanic Garden -

Accommodation in a B & B: Majorca House

Majorca House Guest House | Luxury Accommodation in Somerset West

After arriving in Cape Town, we took the slightly longer route to the car rental companies.
As described in the first post that was not so smooth.
How we finally got rid of it, a whole time had passed.
So we caught on the highway the rush hour traffic with a large construction site.
Traffic jam without end.
Patience and calm were now announced.
Always looking for the vans cruising the lanes, always looking for the fastest way.
This was done after just over 1 1/2 hours.
Now it was progressing quickly and thanks to the navis, we found the accommodation in a residential area quite safe.
The gate was opened for the separate parking lot.
Only half?
Ok, I fit there with the Polo through.
So I started rolling and was almost to the A-pillar, when the gate closed again.
Eijeijei ....! - the gate hit the fender and I stood there now "squeezed".
Lesley, the homeowner, stood at the front door with the remote and was terrified when she saw the mishap.
Now she used the other transmitter and the gate finally opened.
Fortunately, the car had not been damaged, because I had stopped and the gate had not exerted much pressure.

We moved into our rooms, one of three available for rent.
Great room, with modern bathroom, outdoor terrace and pool. Here it was.
We inquired about the nearest restaurant because we were hungry.
It followed 2-3 phone calls, but everywhere it was fully booked.
So she explained the way to a mall, - "There is an Italian, a steak house and Spur's".
We drove to Waterstone Village Mall, went in and searched.
Also at the two restaurants everything full.
So we looked at track, a restaurant chain over, - tables free and pure .....
We got one of the last free tables and a very friendly and dedicated service.
The food, the wine and the dessert were very good.
All in all, a nice evening.

After a restful night, the delicious breakfast and dinner planning, we drove to Kirstenbosch, the botanical garden we did not visit in 2013.
It was already clear to us, that we had to expect not so many flowering plants in late summer.
And yet the visit was worthwhile.
Despite the drought, the park was super green and well maintained.
The everywhere you could enter the lawns and many benches under shady trees invited to linger, rounded off the very positive impression.
We hiked through the individual sections for a good 2-3 hours and were quite exhausted towards the end.
-The bottle always there, which could be filled in the park at various water points. !! GREAT !!

- extremely quick and hard to catch .... a sunbird -

Now we had plenty of time and so we drove in to Cape Town and parked in a parking garage at the Victoria & Albert Waterfront .

Waterfront and Eikendal

We let ourselves drift over the area, ate something and continued to stroll through the shops.

In addition to the old things, we also "discovered" quite a bit what had changed there since 2013.
It was this hall that had been a very simple hall in 2013 andn has now become a real gem.
Very diverse in the offer and with not completely exaggerated prices.
We liked it.

We lost track of time completely. It was already late .....

Back to the car and paid the cheap parking ticket, we were already in the city in a traffic jam ...... and that was - as on the previous day, - a lot of patience was in demand.
It goes in every day until 9.00 in the morning and in the afternoon from 2.30 / 3.00 pm - until well after 6 pm!
So we only had a short break at the house, until we drove off again.

The dinner was then booked nearby at a winery (Eikendal), - wine and food very good, - but very busy, the basements always ran in a jog, so it was never really quiet .....

In addition to the tables of two and four, many large groups were also gathered, - at the tables was spoken predominantly German.
It was noticeable that the region was not only well-attended and mostly by guests, with native dialects familiar to us.
Whether golfers or cyclists or normal tourists, all groups were very strong represented

We stayed a long time, it was a bit fresher, - but a light sweater was enough and so we enjoyed the evening.

Market and wine ......

Weekend and thus an open Farmstallmarket, very close to us.

In addition to the food court, also small stalls in the big tents.
From jewelery, furniture, textiles and other curiosities, everything was there.
Not to mention the delicious figs , we took with us.


Then we went to the winery of Ernie Els, very classy!
- stayed there for a while and wanted to continue to the next winery, which was still higher on the mountain.
The guard at the barrier told us that the restaurant was closed.
- there was nothing with the picnic in the countryside ..... for us .... :-(

So drove down again and on to other wineries.
We landed at Rust en Verde, one of the best but high priced red wine vendors.
Since we were already there, we had a wine tasting.
5 red wines, which were presented to us very competent and very, very good.

Priced just below and above the 20.00 euros per bottle and thus not the most expensive.
It was a very nice experience on the estate.
Everything very noble !! to the toilets !!!
- That must have seen a man / woman.

On the way back we have strengthened ourselves on the farm stall market, then.
If I had even drunk a small sip of the red wines, so I needed something as a basis.
Strengthened it went on, through Schwellendam over the mountains to Frankschoek, past some other wineries.

Our goal was now the winery Leopards Leap, which we had drunk again and again in the years before.
We liked the white wine quite well and the value for money was right.

So we made a wine tasting here, where I always just tried and "sank" the rest in the table container.
Too bad, but if you have to drive .....

The prices for the restaurants were very cheap, - delivered / delivered in Germany - acceptable.
So we ordered 12 fl. Chardonay and 6 fl. Chenin Blanc.
These have been delivered in the meantime.

The weather tipped on the way back as we got to Somerset West, no rain, but wind and it got noticeably cooler.
So no sunbathing at the pool was possible ......

Sunday: Wind in False Bay, Betty's Bay - to the penguins ....

Sunday morning, bright blue sky and some wind on the spot.

It went to Bettys Bay, - along the mountains on Clarens Drive. (a good alternative to Chapmans Peak Drive)

If it was still a middle breeze, the wind became stronger, the farther we got to the coastal road.
Fall winds blew down on us and shook the polo pretty well.
At a viewpoint at the bay we stopped to take some pictures.
I parked the car against the wind, the car doors were only opened with force.
Once outside, that did not get better, the gusts of wind almost blew you over.
My wife immediately crept back into the car.

I ducked a few shots slightly and stood upright.
Already very wrong what happened there.
And since we live in northern Germany, a stiff breeze can not easily unbalance us.

Back in the car, - a few kilometers further back a great view and a viewpoint in the lee side of the mountains, without falling winds.
Waveborder in the water and at the parking lot a hut with a signal mast and an observer. - a shark spotter with special glasses on.

(There were almost never any sharks in False Bay, but that changed dramatically when a documentary on South African sharks was being filmed.
To get the animals film-ready, fish waste and blood were brought into the bay to attract the animals. Following this trace of smell, the
Animals in the bay. The film was shot and the film crew disappeared).

What remained were the sharks, who now and again looked past the bay.

So it came to a corresponding incident, where a person was seriously injured. After that, the post was created to guarantee a degree of security .

- What such a mischief has an impact!

Following the coastal road we reached our destination.
The beach section in Betty Bay, where the Cape penguins have their colony.
Again, wind, but more from the sea and thus quite fresh, - no t-shirt temperatures despite the sunshine.
Everything we had on light sweater and cardigan we put on.
Other visitors were wearing their summer down jackets.

The small entrance fee, we liked to pay and went on the boardwalks along the coast.
Here and there a few signs on the past, in which the bay had been a landing place of the whalers.

We watched the penguins in different life situations.
Only the sun was wrong for many things.
Backlight and very bright .....

It was worth it anyway and it was more relaxed than back then in Boulders!
In the vicinity of Bettys Bay there is a small botanical garden with the possibility to hike in the mountains, sometimes as a tip.

Harold Porter National Botanic Garden

Do not forget hiking boots!

But we drove back and saw many a cyclist, who had his difficulties with the adverse wind conditions and could be picked up.

The Cape Town Cyclink Tour had to be canceled 3 weeks later because of the strong wind.

After a visit to a mall, we went back to the garden.

......even our vacation was coming to an end ....

One of the last 3 days, we spent in u.a. in Cape Town's inner city and on the waterfront.
One day without a camera and back in time before the traffic jam.
In the evening we drove in Somerset West to the Oceans 8 Seafood & Sushi. Somewhat hidden, but very good.
Whether fish or sushi!

The day before departure, the visit to Stellenbosch was on the program.
However, I had expected a little more from the city, - well it was nice, but nothing more.

Afterwards we went to the winery of Durbanville Hill,
where we made a wine tasting with the matching chocolate.
Of red, rose and white wines everything was there.
And how the taste of the wines changed by the chocolate, was already striking - especially with the red wines. !!

In the evening we visited the Ocean8 again and were again not disappointed.

Now our vacation was almost over.
The late morning and lunch we spent at a nearby winery.
Then early we to drove to the airport.
The delivery of the rental car and the task of luggage went quickly and easily.

In a small restaurant, overlooking the runway, we spent the time until our departure.
Via Istanbul, we went back to Hamburg, where the rain greeted us to arrive, at "friendly" 6-7 degrees.

An exciting journey was behind us.
With many, many different impressions of land and people.
Once again, the country surprised us.
It was very different in some ways from the two previous visits.

It just remains an exciting and exciting country that you can travel so easily.
Much of what is not so good and in conversations was expressed again and again, true,
but during the short stay can hardly make it a comprehensive picture.
So for us tourists, it is a pleasure of traveling .....

In this sense, as always - "beautiful wanderlust"

This summarizes the impressions of the last trips to South Africa.

What awaits us in 2018, let us surprise ourselves .....

Thank you for your visits to all those who did not let themselves be scared, of the many pictures and the lyrics
- those who commented and took the thumbs up button are my special thanks.

In this sense until later, after the trip .....


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