Africa, Dear Africa
A Safari Diary by Patrice Walters – On Tour with Outdoor Africa
Arriving to Beautiful Cape Town, South Africa
Chris, our Cape Town guide, picked us up from the airport and we began to make our way through traffic — lots of traffic — to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. It had been raining in Cape Town prior to our arrival so the gardens were moist and much cooler than Kruger National Park’s camps. But it was amazing and beautiful! Making our way through lots more traffic, we arrived at Underberg Guesthouse, a gorgeous sort of Victorian looking abode. Bruce cheerfully welcomed us and helped us get settled into our luxurious, spacious room. This helped to soothe my still sensitive emotions at saying goodbye to River.
A Meeting of Travelers in Cape Town
Since we were a short walk to an abundance of eateries, we headed out to explore our dinner options, deciding on Charlie’s. The food was excellent and the service friendly and delightful. Once again, the people we encountered made this trip so special! Everyone is warm, friendly, genuine. We engaged in a wonderful conversation with 2 women from New Zealand — great fun! And I can’t forget Katia and her boyfriend from Germany, also guests at Underberg, whom I met while I was attempting to unlock the door to their room which I had mistaken for the honesty bar. Embarrassing! But they were very good-natured and it actually created a nice connection and led to some great conversations.
Surrounding Cape Town – Cape Peninsula & The Cape of Good Hope
The morning brought with it dense fog and some drizzle. After a wonderful English breakfast at Underberg, rather than a tour of Table Mountain, Chris took us on a drive to Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope, the most southwestern point of Africa. It was foggy with some rain along our drive but still beautiful and interesting. We made our way to Simons Town and the Penguin colony — much fun watching them waddle around. As we made our way back to Cape Town, we stopped at Steenberg Winery for some wine tasting. The fog now lifted and the rain stopped, we took our evening stroll a few blocks where we enjoyed an early dinner at Beleza, tasting Ostrich for the first time — yum!
Table Mountain & The V&A Waterfront
Another delicious breakfast in our bellies, Chris arrived to take us to Table Mountain. Oh wait. It’s fogged in again. So he drove us around to some other interesting parts of Cape Town waiting for the fog to lift enough for the mountain to open. Finally, our window of opportunity opened and we went for it. It was still foggy at the top of the mountain, with it clearing enough from time to time for some peek-a-boo views. We had an especially nice walk on top of the mountain, in spite of the fog. An early drop off back at Underberg and nothing but sunshine now, we asked Bruce and Ann for recommendations at the harbor. Bruce made arrangements for a taxi to take us to the waterfront, where we enjoyed a lot of walking, an early tasty dinner on the beach, and a jazz band competition, before heading back to Underberg. Since it was our last night in Cape Town and the night was still young, we strolled over to Charlie’s for a night cap where our new friends there were excited to see us.
Coming Home to Africa Sky!
We had our last breakfast at Underberg and some more great conversation with our wonderful hosts, Bruce and Ann, before we were transported to the airport to fly to Jo-Burg. Gratefully, Gilbert is there to receive us with his happy, familiar face and big hugs and it feels like coming home. In fact, our whole Africa Sky family welcomed us back with smiles and hugs. We’re back for 1 night before flying to Livingstone, to Victoria Falls. What a night it was with the elegant dinners they prepared and the happy, catching-up conversations. Gilbert saw us off at the airport the next morning after, you guessed it, an incredible breakfast.
And the journey continues…