Our trip to South Africa began in Germany, with a long flight into Johannesburg, and then a smaller plane into Cape Town. We stayed in a great Airbnb in Camps Bay with a view of the water. It was gorgeous. Turns out, though, they don’t sell wine in that neighborhood. So, stock up before you get there.
We took the cableway to the top of Table Mountain, one of the world’s great natural wonders. We were there in the winter (hint: go in June-July, for fewer crowds and more animal sightings), so the lines were almost nonexistent. Get your tickets online and it’ll be even faster for ya. It is so gorgeous, you’ll spend hours walking around. It’s also super-windy up there, so bring a sturdy jacket like this one from Kuhl. In fact, it was so windy they shut down the cableway bringing people up and ordered everyone in the diner to head down for safety reasons. They’re not messing around!
On the beach in Cape Town:
Next time, though, we will likely stay in the waterfront district, which is super-pretty, with tons of walkable restaurants and shops. The food is delicious. Every steak and burger we had was outstanding on this trip. Truly.
Then we drove to the wine region, less than an hours drive north of Cape Town. They also have wine train tours, but we wanted to stay overnight there. It is so lovely. There are lots of good reds, but the Chardonnay is awesome. We stayed downtown in the little adorable city of Stellenbosch, but our place was above a bar that went on and on with the 20-somethings screaming, “Don’t stop believin’” at the top of their lungs. At 2 am. So, next time, we will stay at one of the wineries. Like this one, so gorgeous.
The Garden Route is one of the main tourist attractions in the country. The odd thing, though, is the 3-4 hour drive before you get to the Garden Route is prettier than that. We drove from Stellenbosch to the coast, to the beach town of Hermanus, and along the way, sights like this:
The sunrises and sunsets along the southern drive of South Africa are out of this world.
The Lookout Deck Bar, Plettenberg Bay:
Hint: when you rent a car in most places in the world, including South Africa, you have to request an automatic transmission, and it costs a bit more. It’s worth it, especially for driving along the left side of the road. It’s tricky. Luckily, the first rental car we had they had availability and we got an automatic. (Not so lucky the second time!)
Driving along the road, the left side of the road.