29 August Thursday.
It was wet and misty morning. After hotel breakfast, the tour bus drove us to Stallenbosch University Campus. We listened to some elaboration on prominent people who graduated from the University, including presidents and a professor who invented Pinotage. No picture was taken.
Exit Stallenbosch University, the bus drove past green grassland. Weather turned a little better.
We could see a small portion of the table mountain when the cloud drifted off.
Birds, ducks and buffaloes (one of big five) dotted the field. Relax and peaceful sight.
The traffic were a little slow as there were flooding along the way.
Moved into winery estates.
Arriving at Winery
A guided tour on wine manufacturing
and Our purchase….
Exploring the winery compound, spectacular landscapping.
Our pictures at the winery
We had lunch at the winery…..warmed by a gigantic fireplace.
Pictures with lavender outside the restaurant.
From Winery, we were on scenic drive…
Arrive at foggy Table Mountain
Hopped onto the cable car and headed to the top of Table Mountain
Near summit and looked down….
On the top of table mountain….indeed a flat top like a table.
Cafe and gift shop on top of table mountain
We were fortunate that the fog drift away and photographer went into action…
The Cape Town view was spectacular….
and the Lion’s Head…
Our pictures on top of Table mountain…
1530 hrs… on our way down to the ground station… a last picture of the table…
at the carpark…. the lion’s head was right in front of us…
We had a quick stopover at African Jewel and we were given a quick introduction to Tazanite. I like the Jem at first sight. Thereafter, it was a short drive to Malay Quarters.
The area consists of light colored house. According to our guides, the occupants were descendants from South East Asia.
welcome to Our Quarters !
At the end of the street… I looked up and caught a glimpse of Table Mountain
Our next stop…. Victoria Wharf. Alighting and passing by shops and playground…
At the crowded waterfront.
Pictures of the wharf…
Our pictures at Victoria Wharf
at 1800 hrs…. had dinner at Hildebrand.
The rain started to pour again and it was a struggle to get to the bus.
End of Day 1 : A very lucky day where the mist cleared for us to enjoy the wonderful view atop of table mountain. Indeed lucky to have a dry day – and enjoyable time at winery, Malay quarter and Victoria wharf.
Return to : Heading to South Africa
Continue to : South Africa Safari Day 2