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1500 Kms in the rain!

Next it was time for our own adventure! We picked up our superawesome new rental car with only 31kms on it - Albertina!

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Spent the first day doing Cape Point (sort of the Southernmost tip of Africa)!

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We then took Albertina to a coastal town called Hermanus, famous for whale watching. Didn't see any whales but it was beautiful anyway... quick stop then a RAINY miserable drive up the Garden Route to Plett Bay where we stayed for a night before setting off for Chintsa - on the Wild Coast! Never thought the weather could get worse - but it did.... downpours to the point that we had to pull over on the highway! Stunning area (would have been better without the rain!) but it let up enough to get outside for a few minutes.

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Finally it was another long drive to a beach near Port Shepstone for some more rain and movie nights. We stayed just outside of Durban so it was an early start to drive to Pietermeritzberg to drop off Albertina and meet Galby's grandparents (who he hasn't seen since 1987!)!!!!

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Till Next Time!
C&G

Posted by ctravelbug 09:48 Archived in South Africa Tagged cape_town cape_point hermanus garden_route chintsa port_shepstone Comments (0)

The Mother City

Then it was time for Cape Town finally after about 23,000 kms! Definitely had mixed feelings about the end. Happy to have some freedom and be on our own, but at the same time, going to definitely miss our truck "family"!

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Before we left our group we spent a day at the V&A Waterfront and even took a trip to the aquarium!

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Our group had one last dinner together then said our goodbyes and were picked up the next day by my aunt and taken to Sea Point - our base for the next little while. Went out for a stroll and dinner that evening and had an amazing sleep in a comfortable bed (been a while!).

We spent the first few days walking from Sea Point to Camps Bay and relaxing at the beach and we climbed Signal Hill.

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My aunt and uncle took us out to Simon's Town to see the penguins and to Kalk Bay for lunch. We even got to see a pod of whales! We also did Constantia area wineries and Franshoek again!

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Had an amazing time in Cape Town so far but we decided at the very last minute to drive up the coast to Durban & Joburg to go visit G's family! So on to the next adventure!

Till next time!
C&G

Posted by ctravelbug 09:31 Archived in South Africa Tagged cape_town garden_route chapmans_peak simons_town sea_point camps_bay Comments (0)

Back "home"

Well we made it to South Africa! G hasn't been back since 1987 so it was his homecoming!

We spent a night on the banks of the Orange River swimming (and finally showering to get the sand out of every part of our body)!

Our next stop was the university town of Stellenbosch... unfortunately our truck had a different plan and we had 2 tire blowout about 10kms outside of Stellenbosch!!

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Oh well, made it eventually! Had a few drinks that evening at a local bar and felt like we could have been in England!

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The next morning we went on a wine tour of Stellenbosh, Franschhoek and Paarl. Some of our group was a bit worse for wear after the night before but we had an amazing time visiting Simonsig, Donne Dieu, Boschendal and Fairview (which also had cheese tasting!!!!). Quite a long day and we saw some beautiful vineyards.

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Spent the rest of our time in Stellenbosch enjoying real food again!

Next its on to Cape Town!!!

Till Next Time!
C&G

Posted by ctravelbug 09:39 Archived in South Africa Tagged vineyard winery south_africa paarl stellenbosch franshhoek orange_river Comments (1)

Namibian Dollllerrsssssss

We left Sptizkoppe for a drive along the Skeleton Coast to Swakopmund. The coastline is littered with shipwrecks and it was great to see the ocean again!

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Swakopmund is a small coastal town that almost felt like pleasantville. Lots of tourists and other mzungus which was hard to get used to. We had a whole 4 nights here which was more than we had spent anywhere for a while! Me & G decided on quad biking in the Namib desert as one of our activities. We spent a few hours riding the dunes which was a great experience! G even did it again the next day!

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We spent the rest of our time on the beach (although it was very cold!) and eating delicious food! They had everything from gourmet pizza to sushi!

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Also, for some reason, "Charly" was a very common name.... Tour companies and pizzas named after me, very strange!

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After Swakopmund we had a bush camp in the desert which we spent playing scrabble basically!

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Then on to Sossusvlei where the largest sand dunes in the world are!

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We had a long climb up "Dune 45" before running, rolling, falling etc. down the side. It was absolutely stunning!

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It was then one last (so sad) bush camp, one more (yay) early morning to get to Fish River Canyon - second only to the Grand Canyon!

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On to the South African border from here!

Till Next Time!
C&G

Posted by ctravelbug 08:27 Archived in Namibia Comments (0)

Can't think of a good title... so here's Namibia!

We spent our first few nights in Namibia "bushcamping"... not like how we used to bushcamp, but more like rest stops on the side of the road! Oh well! It was nice to be out in the open without a bar and a bunch of other overlanders again! There was also an amazing lightening storm one night.

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We also got to see the very interesting Himba tribe of Namibia, who are painted head to toe in a ochre & butterfat cream of sorts.

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We did 3 drives through Etosha National Park. The most amazing part of the park was watching the animals at the watering hole at night.... very cool!

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Our next campsite was extra special as it has 3 resident cheetahs as well as 14 wild cheetahs! We got to walk with, play with and pet these "domestic" cheetahs... who as it turns out really love shoes!

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We also took a truck out to feed some wild cheetahs!

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From the Cheetahs it was on to the desert - to Spitzkoppe, an amazing place with stunning rock formations and mountains.

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Galby opted to do a hike to the top of one of them, just over 1700m of rock climbing! They had to come down in the dark, but the view was worth it!

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Such a beautiful place, great camping spot.

Next it's on to the seaside town of Swakopmund!

Till Next Time!
C&G

Posted by ctravelbug 06:34 Archived in Namibia Tagged cheetah namibia etosha spitzkoppe Comments (0)

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