We arrived in Cape Town almost a week ago.
After flying in from Sydney, we were met at the airport by Duncan who took us to his place and the wonderful sight of our car waiting for us. Now reunited with our gear we crawled straight into our roof tent and crashed out.
The car’s journey to Cape Town went well, but not without some extra stress, cost and organisation, luckily all sorted while the car was still on the water.
When the carnet was “lost at sea” we had some concerns: Could we get another one in time, would customs stamp the carnet without an inspection of the car and would it get lost when sent again?
There was no alternative so another $530 was spent and a second carnet was bought, stamped and sent again … and it arrived the day before the car, avoiding expensive storage costs!
We’re loving Cape Town; when it is not raining. This city has everything, its a bit like having the Hunter Valley, the Blue Mountains, the Northern Beaches and the City of Sydney all compressed into a tiny area.
We are staying on Duncan’s farm in Stellenbosch, one of the wine areas of the Cape.
We drove to the Cape of Good Hope with its stunning views, were entertained by the car park ostriches, and the penguins in Simon Town.
We enjoyed the most spectacular view of the city, land and sea from Table Mountain. Being off season, the Gondola was closed so it was like Pitt St up the steep, rugged track. Its a pretty decent hike and I’m glad I had my hiking boots and a jacket to put on up the top (6 degC), rather than dressed like many other tourists in casual and even office clothing and shoes.