Lufthansa changed one of our flights – the last one from Johannesburg to Cape Town, and if they told me at any time then I’m not aware of it. The first I realised was when we were on the third of three flights, and we arrived 30 minutes later than anticipated. This meant that our airport pickup missed us. On our home answerphone in Edinburgh is a message from someone who called that day with a heavy South African accent, asking us where we are at Cape Town airport.
We hung around the airport for an hour, and then the hotel arranged a replacement lift into town.
We’d booked through Lufthansa because the travel agent had been so enthusiastic about their service, but Lindsey said it was the worst food she’d ever had on a plane. I wasn’t impressed with the packet of biltong for lunch on the final flight.
View from the roof terrace at Villa Zest
Our room at Villa Zest
There was a small but nice pool at the Villa Zest
There are some very interesting buildings on Long Street.
This band was called Abakhaya. They played the night we went to Mama Africa, and they were terrific.
Our final visit during our short stay in Cape Town was to the Castle of Good Hope, parts of which were built in the late 17th century. The Military Museum and the William Fehr Collection were excellent and informative, though I have to admit that by the time I’d read about the Eighth Frontier War I started to wonder whether those folk ever stopped fighting each other.
Changing of the guard
You could easily spend several hours in the Military Museum
There are some wonderful views from the top of Table Mountain.
We were thankful for the cable car, as we chose the hottest day on record to go to the top.
The bush fires in the distance were threatening to get out of control.
Interesting rock near the path to Maclear’s Beacon
We enjoyed some fabulous meals in Cape Town.
Pork on quinoa at a Peruvian restaurant
Lunch on the way to see the penguins
One evening we went to Addis in Cape for some Ethiopian food.
It was an unusual meal at a unique venue. Billed as ‘theatrical dining’, we didn’t really know what to expect. The website of Stardust in Cape Town mentions performing waiters and waitresses, and we thought that we might be serenaded at our table. In the event, it was a full-on show, with up to a dozen people who also served the food, on stage singing, telling jokes and doing magic.
The MC was very entertaining, and the dancer below was particularly light on her feet.
Of course – who did the magician have to pick for his ‘assistant’?
The performers/waiters/waitresses are mostly drama students, and the venue gives them a good opportunity to showcase their skills. The place was packed, and we all enjoyed their enthusiasm and skills.
The food (we had Moroccan tagines) was very good as well.
The table was booked by my friend Elisha, who I’d not seen for twenty years when we both worked at the University of Botswana. It was a delight to see him again.
We spent an hour at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens on a day trip to see the penguins at Boulders Beach. These gardens are extremely good, and in a wonderful setting.
Living stones from the Karoo