24.06.2010 - 25.06.2010 19 °C
Long day on the road from Kruger area back to Jo'burg yesterday. Had a quiet farewell to our travelling companions over a meal and a few drinks while watching "another game" on the big screen at our hotel. Even so it was after 11.00 pm before we hit the sack and hardly slept at all as we waited for our 4 am wake up call. Smooth transition through the airport and caught some Zs on the flight to Cape Town. Looked like a glorious day as we headed toward the coast. Countryside so green and lots of water in dams and streams. Unfortunately there was thick fog covering Cape Town and it didn't burn off until late afternoon. Our transfer driver/personal guide met us at the airport in a Mercedes van. Because it was too early to check into the hotel he changed our itinerary and we did a tour of the Stellenbosch town and vineyards. Stellenbosch is a very attractive town retaining it's Dutch architectural heritage. All buildings new and old are painted white and have thatched roofs. It is also a university town so the human demographic and the commercial establishments are quite different.
Visited the Spiers vineyard, restaurant, picnic area and "zoo". Had a wine tasting - quite enjoyed the Pinotage which is apparently unique to SA and is a cultivar from Pinot and Hermitage grapes. Sits somewhere between Cab Sav and Shiraz. They also have 11 cheetahs which they use similarly to the Walking with Lions group to raise the awareness of the threat to this animals existence. They are promoting the use of Anatolian Shephard dogs to protect sheep flocks from attack by cheetahs. They also have a great collection of raptors which have predominantly been brought in injured as a result of accident or maltreatment. Where possible they are supposedly released back into the wild. Have a photo of Rob with a big black eagle on his arm. The look on his face is classic.
Our hotel in Cape Town is not new but we have a unit with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a lounge/TV room and kitchenette. We look out our windows over a balcony to Table Mountain which looks about 5 Km away. The waterfront area is bit beyond walking distance but they provide a shuttle bus so we should be able to do any last minute shopping. Cape Town is living up to it's reputation so far.
Too weary to visit Fanfest for the Portugal - Brazil game so sat in our room and watched both games and Leyton's win. Don't think I will need much rocking tonight.