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First foray into Cape Town

You've got to love a city sightseeing bus!

sunny 30 °C
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Today we caught the 'hop on hop off' tourist bus into Cape Town, which stops close to our hostel. The journey took us along the spectacular coastal road through the exclusive holiday resorts of Camps Bay and Clifton. We had stunning views of Lion's Head at the far end of Table Mountain, and the Twelve Apostles - the granite peaks behind Table Mountain.
In Cape Town, we explored the Waterfront, the part of the docks which has been developed with shops, bars and restaurants. It's now South Africa's number one tourist attraction (with the Kruger Park second and Table Mountain third!)
We found a shady spot in the heat of the day (30 degrees) in Company's Garden, near the St George's Cathedral (where Desmond Tutu was bishop back in the 80s) and had our picnic lunch! Next, we had a look around the 'Slave Lodge', a museum dedicated to the history and experience of slaves in the Cape - a very thought provoking visit.
The sightseeing bus took us back past Constantia (a very affluent suburb where fine wines are produced) and Kirstenbosch (the botanical gardens on the slopes of Table Mountain).
After an exhausting day of sightseeing, we were delighted to return to the hostel for a well earned dip in our pool - yes, we have a pool - budget tourism South African style!!

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Cape Peninsula

Baboons tried to steal our lunch!

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We arrived in Hout Bay on Sunday morning and have spent a couple of days settling into our new surroundings. Hout Bay is a beautiful working fishing harbour surrounded by mountains on all sides. The hostel where we're staying is within walking distance of the beach, and the area feels very safe so we will be quite happy walking around Hout Bay and up into the township where we'll be working.

Today, Katherine (who runs Ikhaya le themba) and her family took us out for the day to Cape Point. We drove along Chapman's Peak Drive, a spectacular road clinging to the side of the cliffs on the coast. The scenery was breathtaking - wild surf, long white sandy beaches and sunshine!

Once in the National Park, we stopped for a picnic lunch but were quickly interrupted by a troop of baboons who were keen to get their hands on our cheese sandwiches. Some other picnickers reacted by shouting and throwing sticks at them, but we played it a bit more cool and waited for the baboon guard to come over and shoo them away. We gave him a bit of watermelon and he sat down a few metres away and kept an eye on us as we resumed our lunch. We could see the baboons in the distance, running along the beach and going right down to the water's edge!

After lunch, we drove down to the Cape of Good Hope - the most southwestern tip of the African continent - passing a few wild ostriches on the way. It was extremely windy, and we had a very bracing walk up to the top of the headland, but what a view!

We meandered home along the Eastern side of the peninsula, driving through several towns that we're planning to go back and have a closer look at, but today was a great start to our trip.

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The Plan

On 8th January 2011, we will be heading off from Heathrow for our big adventure!

We will spend the first 5 weeks in Cape Town, staying in Hout Bay and volunteering in a project working with children affected by AIDS and HIV. Visit www.ikhayalethemba.com to find out more.

On 13th February, we join a truck trip through Namibia and Botswana to the Victoria Falls, arriving on 6th March.

Our plans for the final month are still fairly fluid, but we're hoping to take in the Kruger National Park, Drakensburg Mountains and the Garden Route before flying home from Cape Town on 6th April.

We would love to share our journey with you, so please do keep an eye on our blog once we're on our way.

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