South Africa. How and where to start about this wonderful country? A trip that offers so much, from beautiful mountains to beaches, from luxury safaris to breathtaking skies filled with sparkling stars! South Africa has it ALL 🙂
I keep telling my husband, if you want to surprise me with the best, take me back to this dynamic country, its wildlife and its beauty. I have divided this trip to South Africa into two parts, the first will be Cape Town (which is this one) and the second is Kruger National Park. Do check out both to get the full exposure and experience.
Our journey started in South Africa’s ‘Mother City’, namely Cape Town. It is the southwest point of the country, as shown on the map below:
The location and surroundings are such that you can enjoy beautiful beaches together with breathtaking views of the mountains. Moreover, it’s all the more enjoyable when the weather fits the location. Here, sunshine is a must!
In South Africa broadly, the weather is very pleasant. When the temperature threatens to rise a little too high, some light rains come to pull it down again.
Each season the experience in this country is different, and this can define what your purpose for visiting is. There are various activities, such as whale watching (June to October), diving and surfing (April to September), hiking (Spring and Autumn) and much more.
Returning to Cape Town, apart from the beautiful surroundings and lovely weather, I felt that this place is all about relaxation – besides the fact that it is soooo tourist friendly.
When we went for lunch to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, with great waterside restaurants offering sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, Table Bay Harbour, Table Mountain and, of course, the city itself:
However, the best part was this… It made my day – haha!
Anyway, after pulling my husband’s leg, we finally sat down for lunch and enjoyed the lovely vibe around us.
Before and after, during our drive along the coastline, we got the chance to take in some mesmerizing views – and I just couldn’t stop trying to capture them! I wish my eyes could snap some, as my camera couldn’t do the views justice… But that’s of course all I have 🙂
The short drive from the Waterfront to our hotel was one I could do all day long, especially as the changing colors of the sky made it all the more attractive. Everywhere I looked, all I could say is ‘wow, look at that – it’s soooo pretty!’ For example, during the evening, while watching the sunset:
There are plenty of restaurants in Cape Town, especially very good seafood places. From the fusion Japanese, Nobu, to the street full of restaurants on Victoria Road, where you can find everything from ‘fine dining’ to ‘a quick bite’ type of restaurants.
We usually choose the non-regular type of tours, and this time we went for a helicopter ride to explore and get to know Cape Town better. There are plenty of companies offering these services so, depending on what your budget and wishes are, there is enough choice!
This definitely is a must when visiting Cape Town – it gives you a very good sense of the place, it’s demographics, some fun facts and, most importantly, it’s just way more exciting to do it this way 🙂 We really enjoyed it.
Once back on the ground, we wanted to spend some more time at the Waterfront. Before we even started looking for a taxi, however, there was this guy racing in a – how do you call such a car? – it was like the carts used on golf courses, you know what I mean 🙂 So, he stopped by us and asked if he could drop us in his ‘Ferrari’ as he named it – haha!
Indeed, he drove that cart soooooo fast, it was actually scary as I was going from left to right on the back seat whenever he made a turn -lol! Eventually, safe and sound, we arrived at our location.
The best was yet to come…
Swimming with the sharks! Oh yeah 🙂 I had to convince my husband to do this with me, as he was not really happy with my idea at first. I was very nervous, too, but I just wanted to do it – it was on my bucket list – and this was my chance!
Of course, it is not guaranteed that you will see the sharks – after all, we are talking about wild sharks in the the deep sea. However, we got LUCKY 🙂 We saw at least four different sharks, and I was able to take some mind-blowing captures which you have to see!
Obviously, we did not literally swim with the sharks. Rather we went into a cage, which was attached to the boat, and we went underwater to spot and ‘swim’ with the sharks 🙂
I was scared like anything and then the sea was sooooo freezing cold. At that point, I thought what in the world made me choose to do this – haha! Without thinking too much, I just put on my diving goggles and jumped into the cage.
After a while you don’t feel the cold, it’s just you and the excitement to spot a shark!
We saw many swimming VERY close to the cage, it was great!
Once we were back on the boat, we could capture some shots as the one above! AMAZING 🙂 The only downside for me was that I got sea-sick. So, after all the craziness, I lied down, closed my eyes, listened to the sound of the sea and just relaxed…
There we go, another item checked off my bucket list! 🙂 Proud ME.
The following day we took it easy, went to the beach, did some other touristy things and prepped ourselves for the NEXT destination: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK!
Want to know more and see more of South Africa?
Check out the second part of this post!
Take a trip with me to one of the world’s largest game reserves and see the amazing wildlife 🙂
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