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Alfred Basin

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  • Day4

    Started the day with a swim in the indoor heated pool then met up with friends and went on a 45 minute boat ride to Robben Island, where alot of political prisoners were held for years. This included Nelson Mandela who was held here for 15 years in a room alone with three blankets, no glass in the windows and only shorts and tee-shirt to wear. We had a guided tour around the prison by an ex-serving prisoner called Sparks who served 7 of his 15 year sentence before they were all released. He had to live with the same conditions as Mandela, because he was black, but in a large room that was shared amongst 60 inmates as they were not political leaders. They had three showers and two toilets to share amongst them but only had water for three days a week. Punishment was given for not folding the three blankets correctly that they had as a bed, or if they didn't wash in time. They spent most of the time locked up, then working in the mine. Sundays they were locked up for 23 hours and given 30 minutes to play rugby and 30 minutes to pray. We then had abus tour of the island where we got to 'find penguins' again as we saw some both resting and swimming. Later we had a late lunch and a look around the Victoria and Albert Waterfront, a very attractive tourist part of the city.Read more

  • Day15

    Hier an der V & A Waterfront in Cape Town schlägt das Herz der Großstadt. Es gibt ca 80! Restaurants und Cafes , große Shopping Malls und reichlich Unterhaltung. Das Leben pulsiert auf der Straße in diesem Viertel rund um den Hafen. Besonders toll sind die vielen Musikanten die man an allen Ecken finden kann. Hier ist trotz, oder gerade wegen der vielen Nationen Harmonie zu spüren, keiner stört sich am anderen - alle sind entspannt. Selbst Luxusyachten und Seehunde Leben friedlich nebeneinander.
    Fazit: schalt mal nen Gang runter - es tut dir gut
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  • Day11

    An der Waterfront bummelten wir noch etwas durch die Gegend, fotografierten das halb über dem Tafelberg liegende Tischtuch und steuerten den berühmten Uhrenturm an. Auch ein paar Robben unterschiedlichster Größe schliefen auf ihrem angestammten Ponton. Wir kauften noch ein paar Leckereien und Getränke und einen Snack für's Abendbrot - heute würden wir garantiert nirgendwo mehr zum Essen hinlaufen. Der Weg von der Waterfront zurück zur Head South Lodge zog sich sehr in die Länge - komisch, dass die Straßen hier zum Nachmittag immer länger werden... ;-). Völlig erschöpft enterten wir unser Zimmer, wo Kerstin erstmal mit Schweißausbrüchen und Kreislaufbeschwerden kämpfte. Nach einem Stündchen Ruhe auf dem Bett war alles wieder gut und gemeinsam beschäftigten wir uns mit unserem Reisebericht.Read more

  • Day4

    Die Sonne kitzelte unsere Nasen heute morgen mit einer frischen Brise Wind dazu.Unsere Koffer sind gut hier gelandet...wunderfantastisch. Uns zog es an die Waterfront mit einem Riesen Hunger.Doch vorher waren wir ganz in der Nähe am Sunset Beach....einfach zum fallenlassen.Morgen geht es zu einem Freund ins Weinland.

  • Day4

    We were up early this morning for breakfast and our tour briefing before heading out for the day's sights. We have a large tour group for this trip with 38 other travellers. There is one Brit, three Canadians including us, and the rest are American.

    After the briefing we got on the coach - they're not called buses here - and made way to our first stop, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The gardens are over 500 hectares in size but only 30 or so of those are cultivated with indigenous plants and trees. The gardens cover most of the east side of Table Mountain. The smell walking through the gardens was so fragrant and the views were amazing. We did a short walk on a wooden walkway up in the tree canopy, where we had views right to the sea.

    After leaving the botanical garden we then headed to Boulders Beach to see the African penguins. There is quite a large colony of penguins at the beach and they settled there in the 1980s. They were originally called jackass penguins due to the sounds they make. They sound just like braying donkeys and it was hard to believe the big noise coming coming from such a small bird!

    The penguins were so cute waddling in the sand! When they went into the water they instantly became swift graceful swimmers playing in the waves.

    We reluctantly left the penguins to have a nice lunch overlooking the sea and from there we continued in to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. The Cape of Good Hope is historically thought of as the southernmost tip of Africa, buts it's been geographically proven that Cape Point is actually the southernmost point.

    At Cape of Good Hope we took our pictures at the coordinates sign like everyone who travels here does. The waves crashing against the rocks on the beach reminded us of home.

    We drove from there to Cape Point and we walked up the steep path to the original lighthouse that was built on the top of a high hill in 1860. Unfortunately this lighthouse's location was not the best as it couldn't be seen any time the fog rolled in. This caused the sinking of a passenger ship, so in 1919 a new lighthouse was built in a lower location to guide the ships.

    Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point are both in a nature reserve and on our way in we saw an ostrich by the side of the road. On the way out we saw a couple more ostriches and a fairly large troop of baboons.

    The drive back to Cape Town took about an hour and it was very interesting seeing the different types of architecture. There are very nice homes right on the ocean that would sell for about $350,000 and then there are also the corrugated tin shanty towns that are closer to the big cities. There is definitely a Dutch and British influence on much of the architecture.

    The weather started out overcast and a little cold but by mid afternoon had cleared up nicely which made for some spectacular views on our stops. It's fall here going into winter next month, so it can be a bit chilly in the mornings and the rainy season will be starting soon.
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  • Day21

    Day 21 - we arrive in Cape Town for the last days of the trip. Luncg on the waterfront and then off to the hotel. Mid afternoon we head to the cable car to table mountain. A 6 minute ride on the cable car to the top of the mountain

  • Day3

    Wir sind gestern gut und sicher hier angekommen. Es war sehr windig und kalt. Wir bewohnen ein ganzes Haus mitten in der Stadt. Es hat sogar einen kleinen Außenpool - besser gesagt eine Outdoor-Badewanne. Und ja, es regnet. Eine Dachterrasse mit aufschiebbarem Glasdach kommt noch dazu.

    Wir haben gestern Abend fürstlich Fisch und Sushi verspeist an der VA Waterfront. Essen und Trinken sind wirklich günstig. So, jetzt müssen wir aber mal in die Puschen kommen, sonst verbringen wir die Zeit nur mit schreiben. Das widerrum war ja bis heute Morgen nicht möglich, das das öffentliche WLAN hier genauso gut funktioniert wie in Deutschland - nämlich so gut wie gar nicht. Also haben wir uns so ein wifi-teil mit karte gekauft und unseren eigenen hotspot erstellt. So, aber jetzt!!!Read more

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