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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Day 6 South Africa - Hermanus (+2 GMT)

rain 22 °C

Awoke at 5am for an early morning game drive. Our guide seems to have a cat fetish as he takes us on a route to see Lions, Tigers and Cheetahs. Ostrich, Baboons, Springbok and more Kudu are about, but this route didn't take us to the Elephants and Giraffes (the other group saw these). After breakfast at 9.30 we start the long drive South to Hermanus a town on the coast. As soon as we get to the mountains the weather becomes wet and cloudy, it is warm but the wind is cold. The drive was along the N2, the mountain roads from Barrydale probably had good views if it wasn't for the cloud. The N2 is straight with a 120kph speed limit though I went with the traffic flow and averaged about 140. (The little Chevrolet Spark was happy to get over 160 on one straight bit though I am not sure Jen was).

Hermanus is small but seemed OK, there was a market on in the centre, but it clearly thrives on it's whales (May-Nov) we checked into the Avalon on Sea B&B and mainly rested as we were both very tired.

Here is a pic of it looking overcast, and very windy.

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Day 7 South Africa - Simon's Town (+2 GMT)

semi-overcast 26 °C

After another look around Hermanus, we made our way along the coast to Simon's Town - we're staying at Whale View Manor in an area called Froggy Pond.
We scrambled over the rocks, along Froggy Pond, Franks Bay and Windmill Beach to Boulders Beach......we met lots of penguins on the way. The weather was cloudy in the mountains but as soon as we left them the sun came out, the Cape is very windy!


Simon's Town is quiet at night, we went in at 9pm to get food and there were only a few places open. Hake and Chips seems to be a common dish round here.

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