Happy Days in Cape Town or How to Have an Excellent Holiday
I spent my first days in South Africa in Johannesburg, hosted in the house of an old friend. Here I met some locals, all different, part of this “rainbow nation” and I had the possibility to hear some of the eleven main languages of South Africa, like Zulu or Afrikaans. Nevertheless, I got by easily, as English is also on the list and most educated people have a basic knowledge of it. In Jozi, I saw the impressive Origins Centre Museum and enjoyed an afternoon in the Gold Reef Park. But after a couple of days, I and my friend packed up and took a Mango Airlines domestic flight to Cape Town. And here I had a little bit of everything that makes a vacation sweet! We dedicated our first days to exploring the secluded pristine beaches of Cape Town. We found Beta Beach, just a ten- minutes drive away from the city center and near it, the Oudekraal, part of the Table Mountain National Park. We found out that we can take a cable car up Table Mountain and abseil 112 meters back down - we did it and my heart nearly stopped. The adrenaline driven activities didn’t stop here because I couldn’t miss the chance to dive in a shark cage. Only 175 kilometers away from Cape Town is Gansbaai and more than forty shark species call the waters around it. We spent most of the evenings in Long Street sipping Karate Water( brandy+coke), on the roof deck of the retro bar Waiting Room or on the wide balcony of The Neighbourhood. Sometimes we would bump into some jazz concert and stop in a fancy cigar lounge, under the spell of the amazing African music. During the day, we would return to our exotic nature escapes. We visited Cape Point and stopped at Boulders Beach to watch the penguins. We went wine tasting in the rustic Robertson Valley, went down in the gloomy cellars and then out in the sunshine, walking along the grape vines. I couldn’t leave without seeing Robben Island – in its former prison, Nelson Mandela spent 18 years. I also dedicated another day to whale watching, the cruises are splendid and observing these huge marine creatures follow their daily routine, fluking or skyhopping is heartwarming. Of course, I tried some local cuisine. I noticed in local markets that some traditional meals are odd, like amangina (chicken feet) and smileys (sheep’s heads). While I was not really eager to try them, I wanted to taste some African food and I had the chance to taste a variety of delicious meals at Mama Africa and Marco’s African Place. Mozambican prawns, Ethiopian lamb and South African desserts, they all deserve more than a single try. I am a passionate traveler, so I don’t get easily impressed anymore by the places I travel to, however my holiday in South Africa swiped me off my feet. I could describe my experience in many words, but what sums up the best of it is diversity in everything, from the scenery to the people and the entertainment, the options never end. I could have spent a whole month only in Cape Town without getting bored a minute.
By AFAR Traveler
Cape Town Ocean View
With my roommate in beautiful (and windy) Cape Town! We both wish we could have stayed longer.
By Amber Gibson
Cape to Cairo - South Africa North to Egypt
This is the stuff that African dreams are made of—a sweeping 32-day journey by luxury train up the continent that goes off the rails, shall we say, to immerse passengers in 14 iconic experiences. Setting out from stunning Cape Town, you’ll travel north to colonial Pretoria, Madikwe Game Reserve, before crossing the border into Botswana and then onto Victoria Falls. Take a bush walk in Zambia, before entering Tanzania, where you’ll visit the largest game reserve in Africa. From Arusha, Tanzania, fly to the famed Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park for superb wildlife viewing. Adventures continue in Rwanda, where you’ll get a crash course in Rwandan recent history, including a visit to the Genocide Museum. You will have the remarkable opportunity to get up close with elusive mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Wonders of another kind await in Ethiopia, namely, thousand-year-old churches carved into pink granite. From its capital of Addis Ababa, you’ll journey on to Luxor in Egypt, where you can immerse yourself in the ancient history of the pharaohs and visit the Valley of the Kings. Overnight aboard a luxury Nile river cruise that brings you to Aswan. Admire the temples of Abu Simbel, before ending this grand tour in Cairo, with visits to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, the Great Pyramids of Giza, and the iconic Great Sphinx. The following day you’ll fly home from Cairo with the photos, passport stamps, and memories of a lifetime.
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Magic of Africa – South Africa, Zimbabwe, & Botswana
A shortlist of the world’s most beautiful cities is bound to include Cape Town, South Africa. You’ll fall under its spell from the moment you check in to the Twelve Apostles, a luxury hotel with a spectacular oceanfront setting overlooking Table Mountain. And you’ll get to know the destination by visiting Cape Hope, taking the Walk to Freedom and visiting Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated, and sampling Pinotage and sparkling Chenin Blanc in the Winelands. From wine, you’ll turn your attention to wildlife with a stay at a private game lodge in Sabi Sands, adjacent to Kruger National Park. The next few days will involve morning and afternoon game drives, fantastic meals, and educational and photographic opportunities. Fly to experience Victoria Falls, a.k.a., “the smoke that thunders.” Then enter Botswana and board the elegant Zambezi Queen for a two-night river cruise, with a chance to visit a village in Namibia the following day. Fly home from Botswana, or consider adding a few nights in the Okavango Delta.
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