The last day of our ten-day journey to South Africa loomed large. We had a flight at midnight from Cape Town to Vienna and onwards to Geneva with an overnight stay. Then we would leave Europe to fly to Newark, then drive across to La Guardia and fly home to Dallas. But before that, we …

Continue reading

I have written about the first day in Cape Town here. The next day was supposed to be a very busy one. Table Mountain is at the top of every visitor’s wish list, and ours was no different. We planned to spend the morning taking the Cableway to the top of the mountain. And for …

Continue reading

The last leg of our trip was the busiest, simply because we were spending it in Cape Town, the capital of South Africa. The plan was to drive from Franschhoek to Cape Town and explore the area south of CapeTown while we still had the car. But once we got down to the nitty-gritty, we …

Continue reading

Yesterday I wrote here about the Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa where we stayed while in Franschhoek. Today, I shall focus on the actual visit to the area. The Cape Winelands area comprises some of the oldest and biggest wine-producing valleys in South Africa, including Franschhoek. Stellenbosch (which is popular with tourists from Cape Town), …

Continue reading

On the last day of the Garden Route, we planned to drive to the Cape Winelands/Franschhoek Valley to experience its famed vineyards before heading to Cape Town the following day for the last part of our trip. The drive from Brenton Haven to our hotel was about 280 miles (about 450 km), a drive of …

Continue reading

I covered the first part of our morning in Knysna in this post. We spent it at the Featherbed Nature Reserve. The plan was to lunch at one the Thesen Island restaurants, then head to the Knysna Waterfront to meet our hosts for the township tour.