Our first adventure of the day was a trip to Robben Island. We were given a 45 minute tour of the island by a young man who gave us a history lesson as we rode around the island. We also learned of the gold treasures that are said to be still on the island. After the island tour, we toured the prisons that were used for political prisoners beginning in 1961. It was in this prison (section B) that Nelson Mandela spent 18 years. Our tour of the prison was given by a man who spent 8 years here at the same time as Mr. Mandela.. It was very interesting to hear him talk of the life that they endured and as we left the island, we walked road to freedom just as the prisoners did upon their release.
This afternoon we had a bus tour of the city of Cape Town. There was one section called the Malay District where all of the houses are different colors. It’s very cool. If I remember correctly the color of the house signified the occupation of the owner. So for example if you needed a cobbler, you go to a blue house. I wish I got a picture of the street but unfortunately didn’t get it :(. But another nice memory! We also went to a museum which had animal skeletons and things like that but not my cup of tea so I went and sat in the nearby park instead. Actually saw my first white squirrel!
We had a free night tonight. Chris recommended a couple of places for dinner. A group of us chose Busby’s Grill. OMG..best steak I’ve had in a very long time. If you’re ever in Cape Town you must check it out!
Today we traveled to Haut Bay. Once again the scenery along the way was pretty spectacular. This time though we traveled a windy road along the coast with some very beautiful views. We made it to Haut bay where we stopped at a little harbor. We had 2 options- hop on a boat to go out to see the seals or stay back and enjoy some free time to shop (there was like a mini flea market with the locals selling all of their African souvenirs). There was no way I was going on the boat so I stayed back. I didn’t miss out on the seals though because there were a few in the harbor that I enjoyed watching. Glad I skipped the boat because I heard it was a little rough!
Leaving Haut Bay and headed to the Cape of Good Hope. Made a stop to see the penguins along the way. They were so neat. We also frolicked on the beach for a minute or two.
Finally reached Cape of Good Hope. This is the most south western point of the African continent. Took a group picture and then made the hike up to the light house. It was quite a walk but the view was incredible along the way and at the top.
Along the path to the lighthouse there is a sign that says Baboons are wild animals and are attracted by food. Well not 20 feet from the sign on the paths, we saw a whole bunch of them. Yikes! They didn’t bother anyone although one of them unzipped Erin’s bag. Smart little critters!
Back to the hotel..another free night for dinner. Robin and I got brave and took the bus down to the waterfront and did a bit of shopping. I heard we missed a pretty good sunset tonight though with a rainbow. Dang! 🙂
Our last full day in South Africa. It was a good day for some wine tasting. ( a few folks went on a shark dive- not my cup of tea). We went to the Stellenbosch Wine region. First stop was the lanzarec vineyard where we tasted wine and chocolate. I’ve never done a wine tasting before. This was fun and it wasn’t even 10 in the morning 🙂
Stopped at a couple more vineyards for some more tasting and then enjoyed a delicious lunch. Was a good way to spend a overcast drizzly day.
Tonight is our farewell dinner. It’s hard to believe we’ve been together for almost 3 weeks. We went to a very nice restaurant on the waterfront (can’t remember the name). The dinner choices were veal, fish, or spaghetti. I had spaghetti. Another delicious meal. Ended with a champagne toast by Chris. It was a great night!
Have some packing to do….
It’s going home day! Got up early to enjoy one last early morning walk on the beach. It was a very sunny day ..almost didn’t want to leave. 😦
Chris accompanied us to the airport where we bid him farewell. I have to say he takes the prize when it comes to tour guides. One of, if not, the best!
Ready for the long flight home…..