Memories of Cape Town

14 Jan

Home sweet home!

As you know, I spent some time during my holidays in Scotland and the UK and after I came back I drove down to Cape Town with my gorgeous girls to spend some holiday time together before I go back to the grindstone.  I will definitely write some more about Scotland, Edinburgh and the UK, but freshest in my mind is the trip to Cape Town!

For those of you who don’t know, Cape Town is approximately 1 500kms from Johannesburg, so that is quite a drive.  And I started driving (by myself, as none of my two daughters are at the driving age yet…when can they get a learner’s license again???) on the day I landed from the UK.  The reason for this crazy move was so that I could actually be in Cape Town for New Year’s eve.  The alternative was to drive down on New Year’s day…which probably would have been even worse.

It is a very long drive indeed, but all and all must be one of the most beautiful long drives in the world.  You literally go from the highlands of Gauteng, through the plateau and grasslands of the Free State province, over the Gariep River into the mountainous Swartberge, and then through the Karoo (semi-desert), through the winelands of the Western Cape until finally you drive through the longest tunnel in the Africa (4kms) to reach the outer lying areas of the Cape Town and finally you see Table Mountain and you know the end is in sight.

View of Winelands en route to Cape Town

View of Winelands en route to Cape Town

We have been to Cape Town many times before and I am not going to bore you with the details of our trip, but wanted to show you some pictures of our journey to give you a little glimpse or taste of the beauty we encountered.

Clifton beach

Clifton beach

We took a drive to Hout Bay and had some fish and chips at Snoekies and then made our way along Chapman’s peak to Noordhoek.

Hout Bay harbour

Hout Bay harbour


An old boat on Hout Bay harbour

Chapman's peak drive

Chapman’s peak drive

View from Chapman's peak drive

View from Chapman’s peak drive

The girls on Noordhoek beach

The girls on Noordhoek beach

The views in Cape Town are breathtaking.  On the drive back from Noordhoek you get a point where the roads converge and you can literally see the ocean on both sides of the peninsula at the same time (or almost).

We also did a fair amount on shopping (as girls do) and we love Sea Point with its mish-mash of shops, from boutique shops to little Chinese no-name shops to gourmet restaurants and dodgy take away places.

We did a couple of trips to the Cape Town Waterfront and on one trip we went out on a catamaran cruise which took us out to Green Point.

Life on a catamaran...

Life on a catamaran…

On our second last day we went up to Table Mountain for sunset and the views were stunning.  (I bought my new DSLR that day, so a couple of the pics were taken with the new camera).  The wind was icy and the south easter was blowing gusts of cloud over the mountain with the end result that you had clear moments in between moments where you could hardly see more than 10 meters away.

Clouds billowing over Table Mountain

Clouds billowing over Table Mountain

Sunset from Table Mountain

Sunset from Table Mountain

On our last day, we went to Ratanga Junction for my youngest daughter’s 11th birthday and then started the long drive back again.  I couldn’t resist taking a view pictures with the new camera on the drive back…

Childhood road trip memories

Childhood road trip memories

A storm brewing over the Free State

A storm brewing over the Free State

Looking at these pictures warms my heart and soul.  This country is so beautiful, if only we could take a  moment and look!

At long last we were home safe and sound.  I don’t think I will do a road trip again soon, but I don’t regret doing the drive.

Maybe a shorter trip next time!


Posted by on January 14, 2013 in Travel


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3 responses to “Memories of Cape Town

  1. Sue

    January 14, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Loved having you here cousin. Next time I hope to see you longer..


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