Karoo to Kaapstad (Cape town)

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We decided to set out on a little road trip while in South Africa waiting for our car to arrive in Kenya.  We borrowed a car, packed it up and headed south to Cape town via the Karoo, which is South Africa’s very own outback. 

Sundowners at Desolation Valley

From the friendly country town of Graaf Reinet (Nic’s fav), where we enjoyed sundowners at the breathtaking Desolation Valley, we headed to Oodshoorn to ride an Ostrich and see the meerkats.  We have added a few kilos while on our Christmas break so we were a little too heavy for the Ostriches…just kidding, it was too hot (that’s our excuse anyway).  Thanks to our host, Greg of Kambro Cottages in Graaf Reinet, we thankfully got to see a lot more of the Karoo than we had planned to – a local’s perspective (plus we were spoilt in his beautiful B&B cottage).

The Ostrich Whisperer

Table Mountain at sunset

After waking up to a beautiful sunny Karoo day, we drove down the popular ‘route 62’, past Ronny’s Sex Shop (a pub), to the Capeland wineries…Bonnievale, Roberston, Worcester and Tullabagh.  Then it was off to Cape town to soak up the sun on the beach and catch up with old friends over cold beers. 

 For this trip we replaced our roof top tent with the old fashioned two man tent and blow up mattress, but (much to Nic’s delight) we didn’t end up using it.  Instead we took to the roads, B&Bs, farm stays and a luxe apartment near the beach.  Ah, yes another holiday from our holiday. 

"Everyday in the Karoo there are moment of beauty"

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6 countries in 6 days

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We have taken a detour on our travels and headed home to surprise our family in South Africa while we (still) wait and wait for our car to arrive by ship from Italy (TIA).  Our little detour saw us trek through 6 countries in 6 days:

Athens (Greece), London (UK), Dusseldorf (Germany), Mombasa (Kenya), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Johannesburg (South Africa).

Our Africa trip will restart early in the new year (we hope) if the car arrives and is swiftly cleared through customs. Then it will be off again, camping our way back to South Africa sometime in March next year.

Mum, I married a Maasai

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The first night in Kenya has seen Nic fall in love (again).  Despite the title, it wasn’t with a Maasai Warrior, but with Mombasa itself.  Charming, beautiful and so peaceful.

As for the Maasai…Nic led a wedding dance with her new beau, sealing her fate as being a tribal woman.  Sorry you all missed the wedding. 

The wedding dance

 

Her husband was not only one of the most decorated Maasai Warriors, but he was also the top jumper in the jumping dance! 

Was it love?  Well, probably not given he did try and sell the shield and spear to us at the end for ‘a special price.’

 

And Waldu?  In the bar of course. 

Or was it the hammock?

Next stop – Kenya

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Hard to believe that it was just over four months ago when we farewelled our family and friends to set out around the world.  22 countries later and we find ourselves about to embark on stage 3 – Africa.

Shipping delays have caused some changes to our plans, but hopefully we can be underway from Kenya before Christmas and ready to see in the New Year in Zanzibar, Tanzania.  Then it’s off south to Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and home to South Africa.

Back to the beginning

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Greece took us to the beginning of the first Olympics.  We explored the ruins of Olympia and Waldu even took a lap of the first running track (can’t say he was very fast or won and medals though). 

 

 

Athens and Patra held more ruins for us to see.  The Acropolis was certainly a standout.  Our opinion was obviously shared by the neighbourhood stray dogs and cats who all ‘hung out’ amongst the ruins too.  We stopped counting the number of dogs baking in the sun under the old columns and on the marble steps.  We were told that the local people feed stray cats and dogs all over Greece so they are in better shape than what we would think strays would be.  A pretty good life really. 

And when in Greece…yes, lots of food.  We tried gyros (a lot), saganaki, baklava, baked feta, greek salad, baked eggplant, slow cooked law, pork, fish, 300g T-bones…mouth watering.  Maria and her family spoiled us with lots of delicious things.  Sadly we were struck by a virus so our food safari was cut short, but we vowed to return and continue to eat our way through Greece.

The end of our stay in Greece took us back to the beginning of our European journey, London.  Faced with possible 12 hour delays through immigration due to the strike action, we opted to fly out a day early and spend two days doing some last minute shopping and sipping muled wine at the Christmas markets.