Cape Town was one of my favorite ports so far. It feels exactly like california, but I loved it. The weather, the ecology, beaches, and architecture felt like California so much. After a long stretch of equatorial heat, the mild fall weather was perfect. Every day I did something new and exciting, I could have easily spent another week in
Day 1: Table Mountain
When we first got into port, I walked out onto the top deck, and
saw an ugly industrial port, but then I walked around to the other side
of the ship and saw the amazing Table Mountain, it was absolutely
stunning in the morning light (pictured). We took a cable car to the top
of the mountain and spent a few hours walking around the top. There were "rock rabbits" (pictured) running all over the place, they were my
favorite animal I saw in South Africa.
Day 2: Safari
I went on a safari at a privately owned game reserve with a big
group of SASers. They took us out in big open-air vans and brought us
right up to the animals. The first thing I noticed was how active the animals are, so often at the zoo the animals are sleeping. We got to see hippos (pictured getting into the water), zebras, rhinos, African
elephants (so much bigger than the Asian elephants that we road in Myanmar), ostriches, and lions. After the Safari, we went to a winery
for a wine and cheese tasting (pictured). After living in wine country
for so many years, I was excited to have my first wine tasting. The
wines and cheeses were delicious.
Day 3: Cape of Good Hope
We hired a taxi to drive us around for the day and go to Cape of
Good Hope. The driver new all the best places to go and gave us lots of good information about the history and culture of Cape Town. We went on
a boat ride to watch seals, and we went to a wine tasting at the oldest winery in South Africa where we tasted Napoleon Bonaparte's favorite
wine. We went to the beach, and to a penguin reserve, and finally to
Cape of Good Hope where I took the picture in front of the cliffs at sunset.
Day 4: Hike and Home Stay
I hiked Lions Head the next morning. It was a short hike, but
steep, we had to use ladders and chains to climb some spots. It was a beautiful hike, I wish I could have gone on every hike along the Table Mountain skyline. That night I did a home stay through SAS. They bussed
us out to a township and we stayed in houses with the residents. I
stayed with Mama Noks. We cooked dinner, and ate with our hands, we also got to walk around the township a little. The kids on the street came
into Mama Noks house and were so amused with my hair. I had five girls
each playing with a handful of my hair. I gave them my brush in the
hopes that they wouldn't tangle it too much, but it was a lost cause.
Day 5 and 6:
The last two days I spent shopping and walking around the city. I found the biggest mall I have ever seen, probably three or four times
the size of Westfields in San Francisco. So easy to get lost in. And we went to the open air markets where I bought lots of scarves. We stumbled upon a circus performance, and we even got Mexican food for the first
time in months!