Greetings friends! If you didn’t already know, I recently returned from an EPIC backpacking trip to South Africa (check out @chrisoftnl on Instagram). In true TNL style, I will be sharing all the highlights with you…. Okay, you got me – I meant everything. I was there with a friend for a month, so it will be done over a series of entries and I will cover everything from food and accommodation to sight-seeing and bucket-list items! In other words, be prepared for an overload of pictures over the next few weeks.
Warning: If you haven’t yet visited South Africa, you will want to once this series has completed.
We started off our journey spending 8 days in the beautiful Cape Town and took in as much as possible that the city had to offer. Because the summer was just starting, we had the chance to do a lot of walking to take in the real beauty.
Our hostel was a short walk from the V&A Waterfront, where there is a hotel, full shopping centre, a ferris wheel, tons of vendors and entertainment and of course a view of Table Mountain!
The landmark you see essentially from anywhere you stand in Cape Town. Table Mountain blew our minds every single time, regardless of the angle. There are cable cars that take you to the summit, where you can overlook all of Cape Town, but you can also hike if you have the time and energy. We attempted to hike, but started too late in the day so didn’t make it all the way up. That did not take away from any of the beauty that Table Mountain, Lion’s head and Signal Hill had to offer – especially that breathtaking view of Cape Town.
With an easy ferry ride from the V&A Waterfront, you are able to get a full tour of Robben Island. It started with a bus tour with various stops to the lime quarry where the prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, worked and a chance to walk around Robert Sobukwe‘s (founder of the Pan Africanist Congress) house where he remained in solitary confinement and where his children slept when they visited. We were then lead on foot by a tour guide – also a former political prisoner on Robben Island – who took us inside the facility and gave us a lesson on prisoner registration, the differences in meals between black and “coloured”/Indian prisoners and then ultimately we saw Nelson Mandela’s cell.
Here are some other places we had a chance to visit:
And we never got tired of seeing mountains with every single turn – absolutely beautiful.
That is it for installment one of my recap – until next post. I hope you enjoyed the pics!