this year I had a big luck to go on vacation. At the current situation, you don’t know when you will get a such great privilege again
Last year in May I bought the plane tickets for Cape Town. But this vacation were somehow not 100% so important for me, because I had other plans for my life and I wasn’t sure – If I will fly or not. On the end I decided to go on vacation and it was worth!
Why South Africa? Primarily I were interested in a bungee jumping and diving with the sea lions. Bungee was a must do thing on my list And the Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa is the highest bridge in the world – 216 meters with a fantastic view.
I went to Cape Town on the end of February. I lived there very central, right on the Green Market Square. Almost all sight seeing were a walking distance for me. No matter if it was Bo-Kaap or V&A Waterfront. What I could’t do by the feet I did with the Hopp On / Hopp Off bus and when I was too tired I simply took the Uber – which was quite cheap. Cape Town is a very modern city – actually I had fundamentally wrong imagination about South Africa … Everytime I had the feeling, that I am somewhere in Europe or USA … Of course there are a lot of poor people too, townships are situated on outskirts of every big or small city … But somehow you don’t really notice all of it, because everything is fenced. You can almost only see wonderful places, everywhere there are mountains, perfect highways and roads … beautiful houses and priceless villas….
It doesn’t get boring in Cape Town. I spent over a week there and that wasn’t enough. The city offers so much. There you can eat tasty and cheap in stylish locations like: Yours Truly … On certain days in different areas you can visit the street food market – there you can eat super cheap and extremely delicious. You just have to be up-to-date or know someone there. I spent almost every morning in The Company’s Gaden. It was right next to my hotel and I could feed squirrels there. Is it dangerous in Cape Town? Everybody tells yes but just in the night! But I have no idea…. I didn’t feel scared and I was nearly always alone … I was mostly in the hotel at night . Nevertheless, I were able to get to know the nightlife too, because my former colleague from Germany lives in Cape Town – with her I was able to explore Cape Town several evenings until late at night and learned a lot about real life there
If you want to do some shopping, you can do that at V&A Waterfront – they have everything from Gucci to Zara – just 20% more expensive, but anyway it’s still worth it Especially if you’re a shopaholic like me … Maybe I had kind of small luck that my wallet other day with all my credit cards was stolen
I also have done various day trips. A diving day with “In to the Blue” in the Atlantic at water temperature of 12 degrees. Yes, it was cold, but I had really good protection and didn’t freeze at all … It was a completely new experience to dive there. There was a real underwater forest – a kelp forest. Completely different underwater life. Diving with sea lions was also so funny. They were extremely fast but soooooo cute with their small ears and big eyes Underwater everything looks anyway bigger Although I didn’t freeze in the cold water, I decided not to do any more diving days. With all the neoprene protection and gloves, I felt pretty uncomfortable. But that day was really amazing! I also saw a lot of whales in the Atlantic. I didn’t expected that. NO WORDS!
My other trip to Cape Point and the penguins at Boulders Beach were unforgettable in two ways. It took a couple of hours to get there, with stops at various locations along the coast – from Hautbay, Nordhoek to the Cape Peninsula National Park. Everything was so beautiful. In the national park we (group) did some hiking. From the Cape of Good Hopes to Cape Point. It’s been a long way. Then we went to the penguins at Boulders Beach. This I can’t really describe … seeing wild penguins in their natural life. The only thing I didn’t liked was over crowded with tourists. On this point I would recommend going to Bettys Bay and watching penguins there. And because it was so full – someone managed to steal my wallet That was a big crisis for me … so my wonderful day ended pretty bad and in the next two days I had a depression about my very special wallet …
In between I left Cape Town for 4 days. I went on the Garden Route Trip with the Bock Bus to explore South Africa and to do my bungee jump. On the route 62 in the direction of Oudsthoorn – the ostrich town – my adventure started with a small group of nice pensioners There we visited an ostrich farm and the Cango Caves and in the evening I had a delicious ostrich steak The following day we visited George and Knysna Town and then Tsisikama National Park – for hiking … I have never seen such a wonderful nature in my life. The next morning we went to Bloukrans Bridge… for my bungee jump. Were I afraid? Yes But I did it … And I can’t describe that … 200 meters … about 12 seconds … with an explosion of different emotions … pure adrenaline! The effect was still visible on my grinning face for a few more hours
After the bungee we went to the wild animals in a private reserve – Game Lounge. I did not know the difference to a National Park before and I hardly noticed it in the first day, but after 100 questions I started to realize and to understand it. The difference is that the Rangers have a lot of control over the park and the animals, even though everything looks really wild … but all animals have been bought and brought there. Sure, the animals have a wonderful life there, but after several safari trips, I got a zoo feeling at some point. Also, elephants do not live in herds there, they are only two and they are fed, like the lions too … other animals live there too and the lions could hunt, but why the should do this, if they get food anyway Lazy cats All in all it was nice and wild but I will never go to a private reservat again. I was in Kenya before and saw real wildlife. And once you’ve seen something else, something real, then you know what it’s about. I hope that one day I will visit Masai Mara in Kenya…. On the way home we visited the penguins at Bettys Bay … Everything was so nice there, no people and very, very many penguins!
It was a very nice vacation, although I also had a few unfortunate moments … I met a lot of nice people. So much seen and experienced … Would I travel to Cape Town / South Africa again? Definitive no The world is so big and I still have so many dream goals…. And South Africa didn’t steal my heart Only my wallet
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