Africa Day Twelve: South African Beauty In The Wine Country.
One of my greatest enjoyments in life is waking up in a strange bed in a foreign land. I awake with that sense of excitement and wonder that I had as a child, anticipating heading to explore my new location. We have been on a very tight schedule on this trip, and this allowed us to see so much of Africa, but sometimes I just like to take my time and slowly investigate a new city. And this morning I had almost two hours before we left for our tour. So I was off at sunrise.
It was still a great walk and I learned a lot about the city and it’s residents. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/africa-october-2016/nggallery/africa-october-2016/Capetown-morning-walk-October-20-2016-
After another delicious breakfast we boarded our bus for a tour of the South African wine country and some of it’s famous wineries. We drove inland and soon left the suburbs of Capetown and into the rural areas of the winelands and it’s beautiful scenery.
Our first stop was at the famous Fairview Wine and Cheese, both a vineyard and a goat farm, where most of our group engaged in wine and cheese tasting. I am not a big wine person, so I headed outdoors, along with a few birders, and explored the beautiful grounds.
I wasn’t able to locate much wildlife here but did enjoy the beautiful rose gardens and views of the distant mountains. Here is a link to some more photographs from our visit to the Fairview Wine and Cheese https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/africa-october-2016/nggallery/africa-october-2016/South-Africa-Fairview-Winery-October-20-2016-
We next drove to the Boschendal Estate. one of the oldest farms in South Africa, established in 1685, and now home to another famous winery.
I explored the beautiful old buildings, gardens and ancient trees, this time finding some local birds including this South African canary. Here is a link to some more photographs from our visit to this winery.
We stopped for a truly lovely lunch at Clos Malverne, where I had one of the best fish chowders I have ever tasted.
Our last stop was at the Neethingshof Estate another old farming estate established in 1692 and now a fine winery.
Most of our group enjoyed tasting some of the finished product, while a few of us enjoyed roaming the beautiful grounds and rose gardens. Here is a link to some more photographs from our tour of the winery. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/africa-october-2016/nggallery/africa-october-2016/South-Africa-Neethlingof-Winery-tour-October-20-2016
After our tour of this last winery we made our way back to Capetown, learning more about the history and culture of South Africa from our guide. We drove past some of the poorer areas were dire poverty still exists. From what I have learned there is a stark contrast in income and wealth distribution in this beautiful country. We saw only the beauty on this visit.
It rolled over the hills near our lodging as we ended our day of touring the wine country of South Africa. Here is a link to some more photographs of our drives throughout the day. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/africa-october-2016/nggallery/africa-october-2016/South-Africa-Wine-Country-drive-October-20-2016-
It was the last night of our adventure and my sister and I took a taxi down to explore the Capetown waterfront and have a nice meal at the elegant Baia Seafood Restaurant. As always as the day ended, I was wishing there were a few more hours to explore this beautiful city and it’s history, Here is a link to a few more photographs from the waterfront. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/africa-october-2016/nggallery/africa-october-2016/South-Africa-Capetown-waterfront-October-20-2016-“Visit Cape Town and history is never far from your grasp. It lingers in the air, a scent on the breezy, an explanation of circumstance that shaped the Rainbow People. Stroll around the old downtown and it’s impossible not to be affected by the trials and tribulations of the struggle. But, in many ways, it is the sense of triumph in the face of such adversity that makes the experience all the more poignant.” ― Tahir Shah