Cape Town South Africa 2016

Learning a lesson for the second time – that’s what happened with the flights from Portland to Cape Town via San Francisco. I’d forgotten that the Bay Area can be fraught with wind and fog causing take-off and landing delays. Lured by Lufthansa’s flights to Cape Town via San Francisco with less than two hours…

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India Venster Hike Table Mountain

Spent the day hiking on Table Mountain with a friend, Elsa from Holland. Elsa lived near Johannesburg as a child, moved back to Holland during South Africa’s turbulent 1960s, and then returned to South Africa later in life. She and her husband began hiking on Table Mountain 30 years ago. She takes it a bit slower…

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Bloubergstrand Cape Town South Africa

It was a lovely warm, sunny day in Cape Town. After errands and coffee at The Daily Deli in Tamboerskloof – a small sidewalk café hidden in the backstreets, it seemed a perfect time to visit the beach. Bloubergstrand (blue mountain beach in Afrikaans) is one of the best vantage points for viewing Table Mountain.…

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Deer Park to Kirstenbosch

Today I enjoyed the glorious sunshine and went on a beautiful hike to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The hike began in Cape Town’s Deer Park in Vredehoek, continued up the Table Mountain cable car road, following the contour path to Rhodes Memorial, and finally descended via the yellowwood trail into Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden – which I…

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Platteklip Gorge to the Top of Table Mountain…

Almost… Today I tried to climb Platteklip (flat stone) Gorge to the top of Table Mountain. A friend, Binny Ridgway, invited me to come along as she took a client up the gorge. Binny is a professional hiker and trail guide whom I met about a month ago. She and her husband have hiked the…

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Newlands Forest Cape Town South Africa

The hike in Newlands Forest today was beautiful but challenging. At least 80% of the trail was on rocks and many were large boulders – making it challenging going uphill as well as coming back down. It would have been difficult without sturdy hiking boots and poles and I had to keep my eyes focused…

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Platteklip Gorge, Kasteelspoort, Skeleton Gorge Cape Town

Still trying to learn some nearby hiking trails on Table Mountain. When it’s not raining winter is a great time for hiking the mountain – especially exposed areas which are hot in the summer sun. There are tons of hiking guides available all at around $75 for a short hike of about 4 hours or…

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Lost in Rondebosch, Constantia & Bishopscourt…

Today was a day of continuously getting lost. It was my first day of hiring a car and driving myself around Cape Towns suburbs. Renting a GPS is South Africa is ridiculously expensive (?) so I’m traveling via maps alone. Decided to stay near Cape Town and spend more time at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden but…

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