|View from the cableway at Table Mountain National Park
Sweater: Banana Republic
Jeans: Lucky Brand
Boots: Cole Haan
|View from our backyard
|Robben Island. Our tour guide told us Mandela hid his manuscript for his biography in this garden.
|Nelson Mandela’s cell
They used to let people go inside until someone stole the spoon from the tray. <Insert face palm here >
|Cape of Good Hope
|Happy Feet at Boulders Beach
A short video of one of our last nights at Camps Bay
This summer the crew here at OTC went to South Africa. The choices were Johannesburg or Cape Town. Cape Town won because all of the reviews highlighted that in Cape Town you could experience both the mountains and the beach.
South Africa is on the southern most tip of the African continent. From my neck of the woods in the southern USA I had a layover in Atlanta then a connecting flight in Johannesburg before arriving in Cape Town. On the way back I had a lay over in Paris, and a second layover in Atlanta before heading home. I did not need a visa to visit South Africa. Flying time was a little over a day coming and going. Winter in South Africa is from June to August so while we were there the temperatures ranged from the low 50s and 60s during the day, and dipped into the 40s some nights.
The official currency of South Africa is the rand. The exchange rate was approximately $1 US to $13 rand. I found the prices of goods, services and meals to be more or less comparable to what I would pay at home. We used Uber to get around most of the time while we were there. I hadn’t used Uber internationally before so I was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked. The drivers were prompt and courteous and they always knew how to get us to where we wanted to go.
Cape Town is beautiful! We had a great time enjoying the food and the scenery. There really was something for everyone. I had no trouble finding good vegetarian options. The South African wines which are reportedly world renowned were given good reviews by my friends. We stayed in Camps Bay and arrived early in the morning. I will never forget that first glorious sight of the waves breaking on the beach. The next day we were even more awestruck as we made our way to the beach again this time from a different direction and at night.
If you get a chance to go to Cape Town please do. My must experience recommendations based on my one time 😜visit are:
1. Camps Bay Beach(Plan to stay long enough to the see the area at night)
2. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens ( Plan to eat at the excellent restaurant there- Moyo)
3. Robben Island(Technically not Cape Town but a fairly short boat ride away)
4. Table Mountain Park
5. Boulders Beach(One word-penguins! )
6. Cape of Good Hope( Wear shoes with some traction as the rocks are slippery and you’ll want to
walk around and take pictures here)
If you’ve been to Cape Town or any other part of South Africa let me know in the comments. Thanks for dropping by!