south africa 2: the scenic garden route

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Day 1: Tsitsikamma and Plettenberg Bay

To travel through South Africa and not do the Garden Route is blasphemy! Or so would every travel book and site claim and the fact is each one of them is right. Don’t, however, expect pretty little gardens to constitute the route, for that is the last thing you’ll come across. It is nature’s and god’s gardens. Towering mountains, sparkling rivers, tranquil lakes and estuaries, sun-kissed beaches, and indigenous forests line the southern coastline between Port Elizabeth and Cape TownContinue reading

south africa 4: kaap staad, the most beautiful city in the world


Looking down from Signal Hill: The Green Point Stadium built for FIFA is on the right and on the horizon, towards the left, is Robben Island

Ask anyone who has been to Cape Town what they thought of the city and you will receive a smitten response. Even if it is your umpteenth visit, or third as in my case, its stunning scenic setting, glorious beaches and rich history does not fail to captivate and make one a bit more besotted. 🙂

The ‘to do’ list is simple and straightforward. The cable car ride up Table Mountain; an afternoon at Kirstenboch, the most beautiful botanical gardens in Africa; a ferry ride to Robben Island to see Nelson Mandela’s prison cell where he spent 18 of his 27 sentenced years; and dinner at the V&A Waterfront as dusk falls and the sky turns into a glorious Turner work of art. But there is more. So much more! Continue reading