This is the last blogpost from our trip to South Africa (I promise). I was writing most of it sitting on the airplane back to Amsterdam a few weeks ago. I couldn’t sleep because my back was bugging me. It did not handle the thick carpets and looong corridors at the Vineyard Hotel & Spa very well. They were horrible to wheel on. But besides the horrible cruise carpets (flashbacks from Norwegian Epic), the Vineyard was a really nice and accessible hotel with delicate rooms and a lovely pool in a huge garden. Usually quite expensive, but we got a good deal through Booking.com.
So instead of sleeping, I was pondering about our holiday instead. Was it a good one…?
Oh yeah! We had three weeks (for at least 3 of us) packed with sunshine, road tripping, wild (and not so wild) animals, birds, eternity pools, ordinary pools, laughter and music. And not to forget – an ‘obscene’ amount of tasty food and some ‘serious wine tasting’.
We all gained weight. Some of us had to buy new trousers, when we got back. But what else can you expect when there are so many places offering tasty meals and good wine?
Of course we encountered some heavy rain and floodings during our trip (we feel sorry for Skeiding and Knysna). But what could you expect with Gry&Jobetrotter (aka The Rainmakers) in the group…? Most of the trip was nice and sunny, with temperatures around 30 degrees celsius.
But besides some rainy days, I think the majority was very happy with the trip. Before Ingrid and Olivier went home, we had a little poll (not pool) to see if we could agree on ‘Best of Cape Town and the Winelands’. Perhaps I don’t remember all the verdicts correctly (or objectively). But hopefully I am not too far out. And hopefully it gives you an impression, and perhaps some travel tips for your next holiday…?
To sum it up, and to quote Jo when he got the question from a security guy at the airport: ‘Yes, it has been a very nice holiday…fantastic actually!’
The Commodore Hotel (if you want wheeling distance to V&A Waterfront).
Camps Bay (to walk along and to gaze upon).
Oh, there are so many to choose from! How about the view to Camps Bay from Table Mountain? Or the view to Cape of Good Hope from Cape Point? Or gazing at elephants while having brunch by the pool at Aquila? Probably the majority would agree on the latter…
The eternity pool at Aquila. Very refreshing (= cold) but very hard to beat.
The fireworks at V&A Waterfront.
Spotting the rare bontebok and the wild zebra at Cape of Good Hope. And of course the penguins at Boulders and the cheetah with wheelchair fobia.
Best guide (in the world):
Warren. Of course. The history student at Robben Island came in at nr. 2.
Barbara! She resides in Arniston. She might pat you on the head while she speaks to you in a freaky voice with a fake smile. Stay away or you might have to serve time…
The plane tickets to Cape Town & sunscreen.
Best value for money:
The food and wine in South Africa (in general).
The Cosmopolitan at Tuscany Beach (Camps Bay). Not very hard competition. Stick to the wine most places in South Africa!
The most creative drink:
The Pangalactic gargal blaster (the name and the look of it was better than the actual taste) at Tuscany Beach in Camps Bay.
Best museum experience:
The Robben Island Museum.
At Drydock Food Company (Knysna)
New Year’s Eve at Karibu (V&A). Hard to beat!
Best hotel / B&B:
Gubas de Hoek (Robertson). There might be diverse opinions on this one though.
Dancehall music (svensktoppar) and South Africa’s version of Rune Rudberg and Hellbillies at Skeiding Guest Farm.
Music for Men by the Gossip that we listened to in the car.
The imaginary one at Skeiding. We did not see any real ones.
When Ingrid and Olivier (and Warren) left and it started raining. And we were stuck for 1,5 day in pouring rain with Vikingarna and James Last at Skeiding Guest Farm.
Random moments of pure joy and happiness.. 🙂
And then it only remains to say:
Thank you for the lovely trip and thank you for your attention! We’ll travel again, don’t know where, don’t know when. But I know we’ll travel again some sunny day…