South Africa

Cedarburg

After a pretty short driving day, we arrived at a winery (also our campsite for the night) in Cedarburg. The countryside and the vineyards were beautiful. In the late afternoon most of us in the group did wine tasting, followed by a traditional South African dinner – lining our stomachs ready to party into the wee hours of the morning.

As our trip was drawing to an end this was our last big night to party together, and this we did! Including our guide Marc, and driver Joash. The following morning we took down our tents one last time, and set off to our final destination – Cape Town.

Cape Town

Despite our fuzzy heads from the night before, we welcomed the site of Cape Town and its stunning backdrop of Table Mountain. We were fortunate enough to have a perfectly clear, cloudless sky as we climbed the colossal Table Mountain the following day. This steep hike was hard work, but we were rewarded for our efforts as we reached the top and took in the spectacular views across the city and the Atlantic Ocean.

Once we reached the bottom, a rather sweaty and tired pair we were, we got a taxi to a local bar for a well-deserved beer. When we were in Vietnam we met an English author, Albert Jack, who just moved from his home in Cape Town of 6 years, to Vietnam. He told us we must visit his local bar when we get to Cape Town – The Fat Cactus. Apparently he drank in there so regularly that they even named a drink after him, “Albert Jack”. So, some 3 months later we finally made it to the Fat Cactus, a trendy Mexican Bar/Restaurant; when we told the staff of how we got to be there, they insisted we try the infamous Albert Jack shots. This lead to home-brewed Tequila shots on the house, beers and a jug of Margarita. They even gave us a bottle of their homemade jalapeno sauce to take home as a souvenir! They made us feel so welcome and recommend a visit to anyone visiting Cape Town; it was an awesome way to end the day!

About to enjoy our "Albert Jack" shots at Fat Cactus!

About to enjoy our “Albert Jack” shots at Fat Cactus!


The next day it was time to say goodbye to our group as we all went our separate ways. We have met some fantastic people during this tour and had so much fun – it was these friends who contributed to making the trip as enjoyable as it was.

Road Trip Around Cape Town and Winelands

For our final two days in Africa, we decided to hire a car to explore the Cape area and the Winelands. We drove along the beautiful coast line, taking in the sites along the way of Cape of Good Hope, and Cape Horn, enjoying another perfect warm winters day.

We then headed to Stellenbosch, an old colonial town in the heart of the Winelands region. We stayed at a great backpackers there, took in the sights of the area before heading back to Cape Town before flying out to Europe the next day.

 

See Next: Europe

 

 

 

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