February 6, 2015

Our holiday in South Africa

By Corrine

Going back to South Africa is always an exhilarating and enthralling experience for me. South Africa is a country rich in many aspects. Scenically it has a myriad of faces, intertwined with African, European and Asian cultures, found in the cuisine, architecture, decoration and tribal costumes.

Our holiday started in Cape Town, which in my opinion is the fairest city of them all. Cape Town itself is enveloped by the backdrop of Table Mountain, which has come to symbolize the very heart of the city and its people. It is a mammoth sandstone structure, which towers above the metropolitan nucleus of Cape Town. Cape Town is a real family holiday and you should try and do the following things. If the weather is good – grab the opportunity, go up the mountain in a cable car, and see Cape Town in its full glory. I had not been for years and it was well worth going up the mountain again.

If you feel like shopping, the Alfred and Victoria Waterfront is the place to be. You can also take the kids to the Two Oceans Aquarium, which is beautifully designed with daily Dolphin shows. We once again went down memory lane and visited the “the Cape of Good Hope”. The drive to the most southerly point of the world is awesome. The route through Chapman’s Peak Drive winds its way through a backdrop of mountains, sea and little villages where you can stop to eat or buy souvenirs. Finally, you reach Cape point.

The Cape Wine lands are a must too. We had lots of little nieces and nephews with us so we opted for a picnic at the Boschendal Estate. The kids could run around and play while we relaxed onblankets on an enormous green manicured lawn. The old Cape Dutch farmhouse is well worth visiting as well.

If you are into gardening, visit the Kirstenbosch National Gardens – they are magnificently beautiful. We this year went on the new Tree Top walk which winds itself like a snake through the trees – high up in the sky.

Mountains

My mom lives in George, a town on the Garden Route so we made our way by car on the famous Route 62 to George. It is a beautiful town and visiting an Ostrich farm in the area of Oudshoorn is also a lot of fun for all.

The family all went down to a seaside town called Plettenberg bay. To get there you need to take a very scenic route through many little seaside towns. It is well worth stopping at Knysna, a very authentic and arty spot.

beach

 

Plettenberg bay has the best swimming beaches in the Cape and is a real beach holiday. The Robberg nature reserve is a main attraction for walkers and hikers. One of the most beautiful and diverse areas I have ever come across. Among other things visit Monkeyland, the Elephant Park and Water world. Lots of fun!!!!!!!!!!!

Our next stop was Johannesburg, the heart of the business world in South Africa. We briefly stopped to see family and then went on the high light of our holiday being a week in the Bushveld on a Game farm. The best time to visit a Game farm is in the winter as the grass is dry and it is easy to spot animals. Summer is unbearably hot, but it didn’t worry us as we were keen to find the big five – Lions, Elephants, Buffalo, leopard and Rhino! Going to the Bushveld is not just looking for game – but the experience of being in pure nature. This is a story in its own and my next chapter will be dedicated to these adventures. Going back to your home country is always an emotional and meaningful experience. Connecting with family, friends and your roots make you feel you have a purpose and a history. For us as foreigners it is essential to return and smell the air where we come from.

Some interesting links

The best Wine Farms
http://capefusiontours.com/pams-favourite-wine-farms/

Garden Route
http://www.gardenroute.org/plett/

Highlights in Cape Town
http://bbqboy.net/top-highlights-around-cape-town-south-africa/

Game reserves
http://www.wildlifeafrica.co.za/sagamelodges.html?gclid=CjwKEAiAxsymBRCegqiLzI7Q1S8SJADOgQrzaAodfRAK3X1wy7Pcw3E6h-ExJ_wrOQc4rUeKTtxPiBoCi7_w_wcB

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