Sept 8 – Today, I am in South Africa to lead an exciting 14 day garden tour out of Cape Town with visits to Namaqualand, the Western Cape and Stellenbosch wine areas along the famous “Garden Route” followed by a game drive to see Africa’s big five at Kruger National Park.
Since the journey to Cape Town from Vancouver is quite long, we decided to break the trip by stopping to catch our breath in London before continuing.
From our overnight hotel at Heathrow, we had a wonderful night in The Plough pub and also a fun day out to the royal city of Windsor where we enjoyed tea and cucumber sandwiches while looking at the famous castle.
If we hadn’t stopped for a night in London, we would have faced a 10-hour flight from Vancouver followed by another 11-hour flight to Cape Town – too punishing for most people.
In Cape Town, we checked into our favourite hotel, The Vineyard, and the next day spent a lovely morning wandering around the Waterfront district.
The weather was not ideal when we arrived. Clouds obscured Table Mountain, so we have decided to wait until the clouds blow away and the weather is perfect before trying to go to the top of the mountain.
While in Cape Town, we will visit the Cape of Good Hope as well as the fabulous Kirstenbosch garden. We will also be seeing other key sites around the city before leaving to head north to Namaqualand.