“I write of South Africa, where my heart sometimes resides, and my mind often drifts back to, across the distance of lands and oceans. An Africa that always beats with a strong heart of different people, languages and cultures, who irrefutably call this land their home.”
From – B- Blyde River Canyon, last week, we have travelled 1531.5 km to Cape Town.
“Oh yes, I’ve been there, we went to Cape Town,” I hear this said often. And so did every sailor who passed by the tip of Africa on his way to the far east so many hundreds of years ago, often dying of scurvy.
Until Jan van Riebeeck on the Drommedaris, was sent by the Dutch East India Company to grow a vegetable garden in 1652. He began the building of the fort too, which still stands.
But Cape Town, known as the mother city, isn’t South Africa ! However, without the establishment of this great city, no longer the largest, divided in two by it’s mountain, South Africa would have been a very different place.
The Portuguese were the first to sail around the tip of Africa, during a huge storm in 1488; Batholemew Diaz to name the captain.
The V & A Waterfront is the most popular area for tourists and locals alike where there are restuarants, shops and night spots. (V for Queen Victoria and A for Alfred, her youngest son, who tipped the first stones for the breakwater, when it was built)
Hotels, B & B’s and cottages, there are loads of places to stay.
Once you are here, you have arrived in the hub of South Africa. You can spend weeks based here and you would never see all there is to see in the western Cape.
There is the Garden route, a drive of beauty and wonder; the wine routes, inland to the vineyards and the beautiful Cape Dutch achitecture or if you like watersports and hiking; you are still in the right place!
The first name, The Cape of Storms, stuck for a while as ships were wrecked never to be found again, then Sir Francis Drake came upon the Cape on a fine summer day and reported that it was, “The Fairest Cape in all the World.” after that, it became known as “The Cape of Good Hope”
Today it is the right place to be! See Cape Town!
P.S. If you see snow falling on this blog, that’s because I am in the UK!!! Sorry. Tee Hee!