The word conjures up lions & giraffes, Kilimanjaro, great expanses like the Serengeti, blistering heat and sodden jungles.
Well, yeah, that’s one Africa. Correct to a point.
Then there’s the Africa I experienced after nearly 20 hours in airports and on airplanes.
A fully modern port city with every amenity you’d expect from any other city in the world. It’s a busy place with traffic and office buildings, shopping malls and a sports stadium.
Cape Town sits in a geologic bowl, the largest feature of which is a mountain Table Mountain. But the city gets its name from a point of land called the Cape of Good Hope. The point where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet.
I took a stroll down to the harbour called the Victoria and Alfred area.
(Yes, it really is the Victoria and Alfred area, not Victoria and Albert. The area was named for Queen Victoria and her son, Albert.)
The harbour is pretty nice. It’s clear that the city has invested a lot of money to draw tourists and locals to a fresh and exciting area.
Cape Town has got one of those get-on/get-off tourist bused that goes around the city and get off whenever you wish and get another bus later. I took one to get s better handle on the place, but more specifically to get up the road to Table Mountain.
It’s a pretty spectacular place. A cable car runs to the peak but I chose to leave that for the time being.
It’s also very windy, perhaps not surprising given the altitude.
I also met with Gavin Green who will be my motorcycle ride for the next 4 days.
If I can post during the tour, I will.