25th March 2019

Back to the Cape

The first time I was in Cape Town, I absolutely fell in love with the area. The beautiful nature, great people and amazing wines. So with 2.5 weeks of Central America cancelled due to a supposedly broken toe and ankle (see previous post) and more than a month until my start date on the PCT. I had enough time to go back and see all of it again and then some.

A good friend of mine has told numerous stories about the trip him and his family made along the Garden Route. A road trip from Port Elizabeth on the Eastern Cape to Cape Town on the Western Cape. That’s what I set out to do. Starting and ending in Cape Town, making it a round-trip.

Not wanting to waste any more time than I already did, I arrived in Cape Town (CT) just two days after the specialist said my foot was fine. The first day I took it easy, strolling around Green Point and V&A Waterfront. Taking in all the beauty that the coastal part of CT has to offer.

After acclimating for the day, I had a ticket to see Ajax Cape Town play, the South African sister team of my hometown’s team Ajax Amsterdam. The view of Table Mountain National Park made up for the boring 0-0 that played out in front of me.

Table Mountain National Park

The final whistle went in the background, while I got into my Uber. Next stop: hiking up Lion’s Head, just in time for the sunset. Starting with a light incline, the trail spirals around the mountain providing views all around, before forcing you to use both hands to ascend the last rocky part. Just 35 minutes later, I sat down a happy man, moments away from witnessing an incredible sunset.

Two dassies joining me for the sunset.
What a view over the ocean.
Sun’s down, moon’s out.
Camps Bay beneath the Table Mountain.

Having had drinks with locals working in the wine business, I left Cape Town with a list ready to taste all the goodness that Stellenbosch has to offer. My plans for a glass of wine and a simple dinner in the town’s center turned into a belated St. Patrick’s day party with new friends. Before I knew it, I was invited to a braai the next afternoon.

Our braai spot for the day.

Sitting at the pool, making conversation, drinking wine and beer, the sun made way for the stars and my list of vineyards went unused. Best way to spend a day in Stellenbosch.

This is one of the reasons why I like to travel. Meeting new people and having new experiences that you would normally not have. Better not be afraid to change your plans either.

My hotel, Skyview Manor, did its name justice, as the views over the mountains and valley surrounding Helshoogte Pass were unbelievable.

Simonsberg from the deck.
View over the valley.
Looking down on Helshoogte Pass.

View by night.

After two days in Stellenbosch, it was time to start driving the Garden Route. Which will be covered in the next two posts.

In the meantime, you can follow me on Instagram to see all my photos of the trip.

Happy travels.

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