After three days in Zambia, we were very happy to return to Cape Town and the exceptional Victoria & Alfred Hotel. Mind you, after three days at the Royal Livingston in Zambia, paying 5-star prices, but receiving budget motel standards, we would probably have been happy at a Motel 6.The distance between Livingstone and Cape Town is only a couple of thousand miles, but it took about 12 hours from hotel to hotel. Continue reading
Robben Island is a small flat island about 2 miles in length and about 1 mile wide that lies almost 5 miles off the mainland. Translated into English it means Sea Island. The island’s use as a prison was started by the Dutch in the 17th century, but it is best known as the home of Nelson Mandela for 18 of his 27 years in captivity, as a political prisoner. The prison is no longer in use, but the island still has a small population of people who work as tour guides for the many daily visitors.
This is a full day excursion, as although Cape Point is only about 50 miles South of our hotel, the journey requires many stops enroute to enjoy the scenery. Departing the hotel about 08:00 we took the scenic coastal route, which predominantly follows the west shoreline. Continue reading
On completion of our walking tour, our guide again checked with Table Mountain and they were still reporting substantial queues for the cable car. Therefore, the plan was to visit the castle then head up to Table Mountain, stopping enroute at Bo-Kaap to view the colourful houses. This schedule worked well as we did not experience any traffic delays or queues all day.
The first excursion in our Southern Africa package was a 1/2 day tour of Cape Town, which is intended to provide a quick overview of some of the key attractions. Normally they commence with the trip up Table Mountain to permit taking photos prior to the harsh noon sun, but mother nature didn’t cooperate this morning, as the city and mountain was shrouded in fog. Plan B was to complete the downtown walk first, then proceed to Table Mountain and the other attractions. This post will cover the walking portion around downtown. Continue reading
Our flight arrived early on a foggy morning at Cape Town International Airport, for the start of our African Adventure. As I normally plan and book all our travels, this will be a new experience, as we booked a personalised package through Pembury Tours. Therefore, in addition to posting about our travels I will also provide feedback on our experience with utilising a travel agency. The package includes a number of tours and their respective pick-up times, but did not state whether they were personal tours, or part of a large group on a tour bus. Continue reading