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Day 1 England - Heathrow (0 GMT)

rain 5 °C

It's typical English winter, rainy and cold. The M4 down was busy at 5pm but we arrived in plenty of time for the flight. we have picked up some South African Rand, Chinese Yuan, Koren Won and Russian Roubles. We also decided to get one of these pre-paid Cash Passports/ Visa cards. The Virgin plane was full and left on time.

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Day 2 South Africa - Cape Town (+2 GMT)

sunny 27 °C

The 11 1/2 hour flight was one of the bumpiest I have ever been on, but in all not a bad journey. We landed on time at 10.30am to hot sun, and the whole arrival process was quick and simple. The airport is undergoing construction at the moment with many football signs and apparently 114 days to something happening :)

The drive to Verona Lodge along the N2 was fine, they drive on the left, very close together and the scenery is a mix of shanty towns, the big blue bay and table mountain. Our place of stay for the next 2 days is situated in Cape Town between Signal Hill and the Waterfront and the host Shane is friendly. We spent the afternoon walking along the seafront and looking into Wine and Safari trips at the V&A Docks area.

Tonight we went up Signal Hill to see the views, and then to a Traditional South African restaurant, Jen had Lamb, I had a sampler dish with Ostrich, Crocodile, Venison, Warthog and Kudu (Antelope). Note to Self: Rob you don't like Crocodile.

We have now planned our week, a trip to Table Mountain tomorrow, wine tasting in Stellenbosch Friday, Sanbona to see wild animals Saturday & Sunday and then down to Cape Point for the rest of our time here.

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Day 3 South Africa - Cape Town (+2 GMT)

sunny 28 °C

Today was a walk up Table Mountain, we drove there though you can just get the sightseeing bus. We chose to not walk along the road at the bottom which meant it took about 3 hours (advertised as 2hrs). The walk was great, if steep in places and hot! Plenty of photos of the views to come. We met Liz a Canadian girl (IT girl working in Botswana, taking a few extra days holiday in Cape Town) who we had breakfast with us in the Lodge this morning, and joined her on the cable car down. If anyone comes here the walk is fun, but hard work and would probably take about 60-90 mins from the road if you are reasonably fit. The cable car was very good - the floor slowly rotates enabling evryone to get a good view.
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Spent the rest of the afternoon down at Camps Bay on the beach, white sands, freezing cold water and locals trying to sell the usual tat.
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Not sure on tonights plan as yet, to Stellenbosch for wine tasting tomorrow.

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Day 4 South Africa - Stellenbosch (+2 GMT)

sunny 32 °C

Checked out of Verona Lodge and head NE about 50Km from the city for a day of wine tasting.
The driving in SA is about the same as the UK, same side of the road, same traffic jams.

Have booked into Oakleaf Lodge at the Delvera Farm, the folks are friendly here and it seems that the past few days have been unseasonably cool, it feels hot today and due to be about 36 deg C tomorrow.

Today we spent the day walking around the wine farm, and having the pool to ourselves. Did some 'tasting' on the porch overlooking the vineyards, more tasting in the evening with a cheese platter and the sound of many crickets.

A Wine Farm

A Wine Farm

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Day 5 South Africa - Sanbona Wildlife Reserve (+2 GMT)

sunny 41 °C

It was about a 250Km drive NE into the mountains today. Our route was Worcester, Robertson, Ashton, Montagu then to the reserve. We got to the main gate along a bumpy 3Km track, and then onto the Staging post another 15Km further on.
Driving:
As I have said it's much like back at home. The main difference is on most of the out of town roads the speed limit is 120kph. A yellow line indicates the hard shoulder, and this is used to pull into allowing folks to overtake. You the flash the hazards to thank folks as you pass.

We saw baboons and Oryx on the way in. Tilney lodge is great, the sort of thing you would expect from a 5* hotel I guess. There seems to be 1 member of staff for each guest so I can just sit in the sun and type.

I have updated the temp today, it was hot but luckily also windy. Unfortunately the wind was like someone pointing a hair drier at you. We did a game run 4.30 - 7.30 and saw lots of baboons, various types of deer, a hippo and some white lions, though due to the heat most animals looked dead i.e. lying on the floor.
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The evening meal was excellent and accompanied by wine though we have to be up at 5am for a cooler game drive, so wine consumption was limited.

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