Cape Town – Day 2

Day two in Cape Town started with a small breakfast at the V&A Waterfront before the boat trip to Robben Island for our Robben Island Tour.

Tips for Travelers to Cape Town – Book your tickets online then you do not need to stand in any queues or be disappointed if the boat is full. The only problem with Robben island is you book a particular date and time so if the weather turns then you will have to change your ticket which has an admin fee.

We finished our breakfast 15 minutes before the boat was due to leave and then when we got to the bridge that goes over the canal to the marina and dry dock the bridge was closed as a boat was passing by and we then had to run to get onto the boat. In the rush we actually went the wrong way and had to go back to be searched :-). We got onto the boat, Susan Kruger, and decided to go downstairs as we thought the sway would be less, as we got into the boat we realized that the boat was built in the 70’s and had not been updated since.

Tips for travelers to Cape Town – When going to Robben Island make sure you book you tickets on Sikhululekile, which name translates to ‘We are now free’, and not Susan Kruger as Susan is a little old and chugs along slowly with much smoke.

While chugging out of Table Bay I was able to step out onto the back of the boat that was a little scary and took a snap of Cape Town from the Bay.

The trip to the island was almost long enough to use the barf bags and we were thus very happy when the boat made its way into the harbour on Robben Island and we could get off the boat. Once on the island a voice came from the speakers at the docks telling us to move to the busses move to the busses.

Once on the busses we started the drive around the island where the guide gave us a history of the Island – what it has been used for and showed us the different sights, buildings and interesting areas.

The Limestone quarry above was very interesting as the guide told us how the cave was used as a University, Post Office, Kitchen and Toilet. The rocks were extremely white and it was understandable how this damaged the prisoners eyes. The pile of Rocks was started by Nelson Mandela on returning to the island for a reunion and fellow freedom fighters continued to add rocks.

The busses then stopped at the prison and the prison tour by an ex inmate started. The prison tour ended with a view of Mandelas cell and then a short walk to freedom and the trip back to the mainland.

We found the tour of Robben island informative but very matter of fact, there was no time to let things sink in and there was very little time to browse by yourself. I would suggest going to Robben island as it is a world heritage site and is an interesting trip.

Trip to Cape Town Planning well under way

December is fast approaching and it is now only 19 days untill our holiday to Cape Town begins, the planning has been intense as Lauren and I want to do as much as possible in the Mother City and be as touristy as possible. So far the plan is to leave EL on the 15th and travel through to Uniondale where we will be staying at Seven at Grey, we wont be taking bicycles though, even though we could.

A luxury free standing cottage situated in a big garden in a quiet street off the main road.  The cottage is fully restored and tastefully decorated in a French provincial style. Cyclists are welcome.

From there we will be traveling to De Rust and through the Meiringspoort pass to Klaarstroom. From Klaarstroom the road should wind up to Prince Albert and then through the Swartberg Pass and down into Calitzdorp – All roads leading to Calitzdorp are downhill, hopefully it wont be an uphill battle to get out of this port wine capital of South Africa, I think we will definitely have to use the spittoon.

From Calitzdorp the road we will be following will take us through Ladismith, Barrydale, Swellendam, Riviersonderend, Caledon, Bot River, Grabouw, and Somerset West with us ending up in the Mother City where we will be staying with our Awesome Friends, James and Michelle and the jovial Adlard troop. As can be seen the travelling research has some way to go and so if anyone has any tips of places to see along the way please let me know so that we can add this onto the list.

So Far whilst in Cape Town we will be visiting the following places and doing the following things:

Red City Tour

Franschoek & Stellenbosch, JC Le `roux

Planatrium @8

Chapmans, houtbay, boulders beach, simonstown, fish-hoek, Kalkbay

Worchester

Kirstenbosch & Table Mountain, Sea Point,  Camps Bay

Rhodes Memorial,  Robben Island & Aquarium

Phantom of the  Oprah

Darling to Langebaan to stay over at crystal lagoon lodge

Cape Point Paarl,Wellington, tulbagh, Swatland

what can you recommend, we have a few lines open?