The Cape

ru6a0511Easiest way to get around South Africa is by car, but as we didn’t want to rent one, we had to figure other ways to move around. Luckily taxes are relatively cheap and one day we took a taxi to Boulder’s Beach (more about those penguins in a later post), Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope.

We visited Cape Point before Cape of Good Hope, and I must say that it was so impressive, that Cape of Good Hope didn’t feel like much after that. I don’t how to describe it, but the view was somehow magical. But don’t get me wrong, as a schoolchild I was intrigued by all the famous explorers, so it was also nice to see the Cape of Good Hope and stand by the seas even Bartolomeu Dias and Vasco da Gama have sailed.

Oh, and seeing Ostrich and Baboons is a nice plus when you visit the Cape. The pictures are in the order we visited the places, first Cape Point then Cape of Good Hope.




Table Mountain

ru6a0230Table Mountain is definitely that cherry on top of Cape Town’s beauty. It plays a big part in forming the City Bowl (as they call it) with Signal Hill and Lion’s Head, and it makes the views in the city so much more spectacular. I also like how the mountain looks so different in different weather…

After reading a couple of blog posts about hiking to the top of the Table Mountain, we were actually going to do it – sounded pretty easy and fun. But as I researched it more and more, I realized it’s better to leave the hiking for pros… It turns out, the weather can change in seconds making the path dangerous. And even it would be sunny, the heat would be a lot to take for a Finn. I learned that more people die at Table Mountain in a year than on Mount Everest! Most likely because they underestimate the climb or aren’t well prepared. So even though you might have to stand in line for some time to get to the cable car, I really recommend it instead of hiking if you really don’t know what you are doing.

But we did hike around the top: to the highest point Maclear’s Beacon and back. And in that heat even that was enough. The hike isn’t that long, but as we stopped for photos all the time, for us it took over 2 hours to go around and get back to the cableway.

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, the views were really something! ru6a9971ru6a9995



Stopover in Doha

ru6a9955I’m back! Time to start going through all of the pictures and remembering all the amazing places we saw in South Africa… But first, a quick peak to Doha, where we had a 10 hours stop on our way to Cape Town.

On the flight there, a Finnish man who had lived in Qatar for 12 years, happened to sit next to us, and we got many useful tips from him. He even offered to drop us off to Souq Waqif, the center of old town with restaurants and bazaar – as our main goal was to go for a dinner and to see a little bit of Doha.

Doha was an exciting experience, but I think a quick stopover was quite enough. Not sure if there would be so much to see for a weeks vacation or so… Or maybe it’s the kind of place that you need time to get hang of it.

In the end we still ended up waiting at the airport for five ours for our connection to Cape Town. You can image our feeling, when we heard AFTERWARDS that there is a free spa/pool and resting spots at the airport, when we suffered on those bad airport chairs all tired and sweaty from the heat… Just a small tip: Instructions about all the services there and how to get to the best spots wouldn’t hurt. 😀 ru6a9927