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South Africa

December 2011

Escaping winter madness in Central Europe to one of the most wonderful places on earth with not much more than shorts and a point-and-shoot-camera!

Arrival

Uh. We didn't expect that. Heavy clouds hanging deep, even rain. Cape Town wasn't love at first sight. Everything looked faded and pale. The whole city felt like asleep the first day.
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Camps Bay

Seemes to be the Beverly Hills of Cape Town – but with beaches and a good surf. So did the locals, no matter what the weather.
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Cape of Good Hope

Getting out of a boring city, we thought. We were not disappointed! Sea lions and penguins were the first exotic animals to see out in the wild while circling the Cape, later followed by monkeys, zebras and of course springboks.
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Back to Cape Town

Now we are talking! This time Cape Town put the sunshine on and hey, we started to like it!
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Lion's Head

Of course we also climbed the Table Mountain (even twice, if you really want to know). But my favorite still is the Lion's Head – because… can you see the Table Mountain from the Table Mountain?
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Garden Route

Finally getting some more miles on the Volkswagen to pass Hermanus, Swellendam, Mossel Bay, Knysna and Plett on our way down to Jeffreys Bay.
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Country Side

Driving 50 kilometers on an unpaved road finally killed a tire, but also showed us: The heartland is as beautiful as the coast. Give Swellendam a try for a relaxing day, if you travel the Garden Route.
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Cattle market

Well, you know, me and markets. Passed that cattle market on our way back to Cape Town somewhere between Oudtshoorn (the most boring place on earth, and probably the hottest as well) and Stellenbosch (sorry, would have loved to take some pictures there, but… the wine was just too good). Getting in touch with South African agriculture and farmers was quite interesting though. Owning a farm still seems to be a very very white business and Afrikaans the language to talk.
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Cape Town, again

This time I finally felt in love with the city. Observatory, the City Bowl and of course the Tableview beaches made me change my mind quite fast!
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