Welcome to Capetown, South Africa. A hip, beautiful, seaside town on the southwestern coast of South Africa.
Six of us, three siblings and three "outlaws", toured four locations in southern Africa: Capetown and Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, and Chobe National Park in Botswana.
We began in Capetown and the image above is a view of Chapman's Peak from across Hout Bay. Below are images from our tour of the Capetown area.
In the category of things you wouldn't see along the road in the USA...
We took a delightful stroll through the expansive Botanical Gardens.
No visit to Capetown is complete without a visit to Boulder Beach, home to a huge colony of African Penguins. These guys live the good life in a protected cove, just south of Capetown. They're tiny at only 18 inches tall, but waddle with authority. I could have watched them all day.
A visit to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of his 27 years of incarceration. It's hard to even imagine how challenging, both physically and emotionally, those years must have been. But he persevered and raised not only himself, but his nation, above atrocities and hatred.
Then came an evening of traditional dancing with men and women from all over Africa. What a joyous event! The floor shook and the drums reverberated in your bones.
We had the luxury of visiting a couple of wineries which would rival those of Napa Valley. But one of them certainly had a sense of humor.
And finally, as we leave Capetown, I know that Capetown will not leave me.
Onto Part II: Sabi Sands Game Reserve.