03.06.2016 34 °C
I spent 3 days in South Africa doing a numerous amount of activities, almost all of them allowing me to immerse myself in the great outdoors. The flight from Egypt to South Africa was 14hours and 50 minutes long. I rode with Ethiopian Airlines and travelled a total of 1,268km with 2 stops at ADD (Bole Intl.) and JNB(Tambo Intl.) in order to finally reach Cape Town. The flight cost CAD$520.37 and was honestly worth it in the end. Our first stop was straight to the Cape Heritage Hotel to unload and settle down into my room for the next 3 days. The cost of the hotel totaled up to $412 for a 4 day 3 night stay at $134 per night. The hotel was exquisite yet cultural and provided amenities such as free breakfast, a bar/lounge, free Wi-Fi and airport transportation.
I woke up bright and early one the first day of tourism for a complete day of travelling in Table Mountain. The ride from the hotel was 6.6m which totaled up to around 17min because of the empty roads on a taxi. The first thing I did when I had finally arrived was catch a 5min cable car to the top of Table Mountain 1089m above Cape Town. After exploring the summit for a bit, I enjoyed the surreal panoramic views of the town below. After grabbing a quick bite at the Table Mountain Café and refilling my water bottle, and took the short audio tour by connecting to the free Wi-Fi available at the top. I took one of the 3 hiking trails offered to witness the abundant fynbos vegetation with over 1,460 different species of plants. After returning for lunch at the small restaurant located near the summit hotspot station, headed out yet again on a free 30min guided tour departing from the Twelve Apostles Terrace. The staff were extremely friendly and accommodating to all sorts of people which helped enrich the overall experience. I then took a Table Mountain Abseil by stepping off the top, at 1000 metres above sea level. I Abseiled into pure vertical space, surrounded by beautiful views and the deep blue Atlantic. Finally, I ended off the day by viewing a renowned sunset from the top of the summit while enjoying a bite at the outdoor restaurant.
The next day I visited both the Langa Township and the Two Oceans Aquarium. After a hearty breakfast, I grabbed a cab and made my way on the 12.9km or 15min ride to the Langa Township to experience the authentic life of the locals which is often shrouded by the vast tourism industry. I took a guided CAD$50, 2 hour cycling tour with Footsteps to Freedom. It was distressing to find there were still places in the world where people are so unfortunate, and how they make the best of their situation. The tour guide explained the various different types of housing and allowed us to donate money to families by buying their local crafts. I'm glad that I had the opportunity to witness this hidden side of Africa, as it helped widen my horizons and my perspective on daily life. It was a wonderful experience with the extremely accommodating and friendly townsfolk and business owners. After this, I took another 15.9km cab ride for 19min to the Two Oceans Aquarium. The ticket was 135 South African Rand which translates to around CAD$11. Exploring the various exhibits such as the predator tank, penguins, Indian Ocean Gallery, Kelp Tank and Atlantic Ocean Gallery was very informative and fun. After using the touch pools and microscope exhibits, I made my way to the Shoreline Café to grab a bite to eat. Finally, I ended the day with taking a dive in the aquarium which offered the unique opportunity to get close to ragged-tooth sharks and shoals of large predators such as yellowtail, dusky kob and black- and white musselcracker.
On the final day I viewed the Old Biscuit Mill and Robben Island. The cab to The Old Biscuit Mill was 3.9km and 9min long. There was much to do as everywhere you looked there were more stalls and vendors trying to get you to purchases their stuff. It was extremely busy with food stalls, bespoke stalls and tours of a chocolate factory, all with very reasonable prices. Definitely worth the visit! After filling my bags and stomach, I took the 1hr 46min cab travelling 19.8km to the renowned Robben Island. I reached the dock and took the relaxing 20min ferry ride to the island. The tour we were given was by a previous political prisoner so It was obviously very emotional. This suited the vibes because this attraction is a closed down prison that was filled with Apartheid prisoners including Nelson Mendela. It was historic trip into the past lives of the prisoners, personal stories and insights in order to gain a more appreciative understanding of this shadowed piece of history. This final destination ended my visit to Cape town, South Africa on a sad, but hopeful note for change. The next day I would take a flight to Morocco,