Seeing the Coastline From a Sidecar
It’s Sunday mid-day and we’re (finally) on our way to Namibia. Changes to our original flight schedule unfortunately meant a later departure, later arrival to Windhoek and what looks to be a rather late arrival at Camp. As such we we will spend the entire day traveling what is a fairly short distance. That the airport computer systems broke down did not help the situation and the Air Namibia employee checking us in had to hand write 20 boarding passes. Seating was on a first come first serve basis, but all managed to get good seating.
Yesterday started with the arrival of 18 motorcycles with sidecars - one for each as Penny and Adrian decided to follow behind us in one of two buses picking the wanna-be motorcycle riders up at Kirstenbosch Gardens. It was quite something to seem them all arrive at the hotel. Tim, the owner, arrived first with his dog proudly sitting in the sidecar.
We spent almost two hours on the winding roads around Cape Town and many were ready to continue for the rest of the day, but it’s going to have to wait until next time we come back here.
As already mentioned the motorcycle ride ended at the Kirstenbosch Gardens where we had planned a walk through the new open air Boomslang overlooking the lush vegetation. The structure is designed to mimic the skeleton of a tree snake turned upside down and is very beautifully done. As with many other places of Cape Town, Table Mountain is never far away, and one could hike all the way to the top in approximately five ours from where we were standing.
We quickly found ourselves in the two busses heading for the penguins at Simons Town. Beautiful drive that made up for what has turned into an extremely touristy spot. It’s always fun to see penguins, but the boardwalk is packed with people flocking to whatever penguin that comes a little bit close to the fence.
Lunch was booked for 2:00 and we left the jackass penguins shortly after arriving. Yes, that’s actually their real name. Olivia had scheduled a beautiful private room at the Steenberg Winery, and we all enjoyed a delicious three-course meal before heading back to Cape Town. Many felt they had “sufficient” and we cancelled the planned dinner at Nobu. It instead became an early night for some, while a few others met at the hotel bar to wish each other a pleasant last night and good night’s sleep.