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The Final Countdown – 1 (Thursday)

SOUTH AFRICA | Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | Views [379]

It seems a little weird to think that today was my last full day in the country before heading home. It’s going to feel quite strange coming back to the UK after so long away but I’m very glad that I’ve still got a week after I get ... Read more >

The Final Countdown – 2 (Wednesday)

SOUTH AFRICA | Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | Views [293]

Today was another shopping day. I’ve been trying to pick up a Springboks rugby shirt while I’m here and up until today, every time I found one they didn’t have my size. This morning Amy and I went shopping. We started off at the African ... Read more >

The Final Countdown - 3 (Tuesday)

SOUTH AFRICA | Tuesday, 4 Feb 2014 | Views [272]

Today has been another fairly quiet day. I went out for lunch and a bit of shopping with Amy. My main requirement was a slightly larger bag for hand luggage as I have quite a few books I got for Christmas and I don’t want them to eat my hold luggage ... Read more >

The Final Countdown - 4 (Monday)

SOUTH AFRICA | Monday, 3 Feb 2014 | Views [273]

After the long drive home over the weekend, Monday was mainly spent downloading pics to the PC (which I am still sorting through but don’t think I’ll get any more posted before I’m home, at which point expect the rest all in one hit!) ... Read more >

The long drive home

SOUTH AFRICA | Sunday, 2 Feb 2014 | Views [258]

Although it didn’t seem it on the way down, mainly due to the fact that I flew to the halfway point, it’s quite a slog from Paternoster to Jo’burg. We did the trip over two days, with 9 hours driving one day and 7 or so the next. We ... Read more >

2 Days in Paternoster

SOUTH AFRICA | Friday, 31 Jan 2014 | Views [327]

I’m sitting here on our last night in Paternoster, very conscious of two things. 1) this time next week I’ll be on a plane and homeward bound and 2) we have two very long days of driving and a ridiculously early start tomorrow. Paternoster ... Read more >

Goodbye to Cape Town

SOUTH AFRICA | Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 | Views [319]

So today we left the Strand and headed north (north west?) to Paternoster. We took a slightly convoluted route in order to swing past the Franschhoek Motor Museum. We had passed the place earlier in the week and a quick google had revealed a collection ... Read more >

How to get drunk while being a tourist!

SOUTH AFRICA | Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 | Views [411]

Any day that starts with brandy must be a good one, right? Today we were touring the wine regions outside Cape Town on a hop on/hop off style wine bus. We were also joined for the day by one of Amy’s oldest friends, KP and all in all we had a pretty ... Read more >

Cape Town, Buses and Helicopters

SOUTH AFRICA | Monday, 27 Jan 2014 | Views [335]

Cape Town City Tours - Hop On/Hop Off busses were the order of the day. We had tickets for the cable carat Table Mountain so the plan was to do some touristy sight-seeing for the day starting from Table Mountain and finishing back there at the end of ... Read more >

Robben Island

SOUTH AFRICA | Sunday, 26 Jan 2014 | Views [481]

Today we went to Robben Island. For those who don’t know, this is where Nelson Mandela and many other political prisoners spent a lot of their prison time. The entire island is now a museum and the only people who currently live there are museum ... Read more >

Wine, cheese and monuments

SOUTH AFRICA | Saturday, 25 Jan 2014 | Views [334]

First stop today was Haute Cabriere, a small winery in the Franschoek wine valley. This place is the home of the Pierre Jourdan range of sparkling wines along with its own range of Pinot Noirs, Ratafia (really sweet pre dinner white) and a Chardonay ... Read more >

To the Cape

SOUTH AFRICA | Friday, 24 Jan 2014 | Views [334]

Today’s plan was simple, head round the coast road to visit the Cape of Good Hope, maybe making a couple of stops along the way. We’d read that catching the rush hour can add hours to the journey so we waited until after 9 before heading ... Read more >

Furthest South

SOUTH AFRICA | Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 | Views [363]

Today was mainly another travelling day. We had some ideas of places we wanted to hit en-route but the main aim was to end up at the flat we have rented for 6 nights at the Strand near Cape Town. As we left Swellendam we initially headed for Bredasdorp ... Read more >

From Mosselbaai to Swellendam

SOUTH AFRICA | Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 | Views [375]

Having touched lucky and found accommodation for last night with 3 bedrooms available we had quite a late start this morning. I guess not having to listen to me snoring allowed Travis to actually sleep for once! Our first port of call was back into ... Read more >

On the road again

SOUTH AFRICA | Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 | Views [300]

Once again we find ourselves on the road. We’re heading down the garden route towards Cape Town and have a couple of days to fill as we please before we are due at the accommodation we have pre-booked for when we get there. We started the day ... Read more >

The remains of the day

SOUTH AFRICA | Monday, 20 Jan 2014 | Views [299]

Having failed spectacularly to make the bungee at Bloukrans by way of collapsing into a gibbering wreck, what better way to pull everything back together than lunch at Marilyn’s 60’s Diner. This fabulous little place in Storms River village ... Read more >

Know your limits

SOUTH AFRICA | Monday, 20 Jan 2014 | Views [311]

This morning I found my limits. During the course of the trip so far I have jumped off the gorge at Vic Falls (3 different ways), been white water rafting down the Zambesi and even done a free falls tandem skydive but this morning I hit my limit. It ... Read more >

Meet the gang…

SOUTH AFRICA | Sunday, 19 Jan 2014 | Views [350]

In theory, after the shark cage trip, I had a full day in Cape Town to myself. Sadly the reality proved very different as I woke on the thursday morning, after a troubled nights sleep, feeling cold and very shivery, despite the fact it was 27 degrees ... Read more >

Photos: Shark!

SOUTH AFRICA | Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014 | Photo Gallery

Cage diving with Marine Dynamics
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Interview with a... Great White!

SOUTH AFRICA | Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014 | Views [300] | Comments [1]

With Amy’s birthday out of the way it was time to pack and head for Cape Town for my shark diving trip. I caught my flight from Lanseria to Cape Town on Tuesday afternoon and then grabbed a shuttle to my hotel which was a whole 400m from the airport.... Read more >

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