Exploring Cape Province – 1st – 19th March 2011
I have just recently returned from South Africa, exploring Cape Province. I had a great time and was fortunate to find some lovely white wines to drink in Stellenbosch – especially the Sauvignon Blanc!
The walking was balanced against the heat, mainly 35c (very hot between walking and sightseeing). We had some lovely walks down mountain passes in lovely scenery and we visited the Karoo, which is semi desert! Knysna was on the Garden Route and cooler, which suited most of our party. The walking here was mainly along the Indian Ocean coast and beaches.
The main highlight for me was visiting Cape Town and ascending Table Mountain by cable car and then descending very very steeply down the far side to Kirstenbosch Gardens! I enjoyed exploring the Waterfront populated by bars, restaurants and the jazz bands playing on every corner – all this with a backdrop of Table Mountain always in glorious sunshine!
Our leader Karen was very knowledgeable about the vegetation, history and culture of the Cape and made the holiday more enjoyable. All the hotels we stayed in were of high standard with pools which were useful on our return in the heat.
It was a great place to visit. The country has everything. Lovely mountains, great beaches with huge surfing waves, wild animals, semi desert, great wines, wonderful flowers and vegetation and no jet lag being on European time – and great weather!