I am heading back to England, back home, for the first time in 367 days. A year and 2 days of living the van life. And what a year it has been!
When I flew back to South Africa last year, I arrived in Durban with the very specific idea not to have a plan. And that is exactly what we have done; not planned (hard to believe for those who know me well!) We started our journey in the north east corner of South Africa and I have just flown out of Cape Town, way down in the western cape and southern tip of the country. We have traveled 2/3 of the coastline, living the van life as we went. (Don’t worry, I am going back to do the rest, I don’t like to leave things incomplete!)
As you may have picked up on in previous posts, I enjoy a glass (or two) of wine. I especially enjoy it when it’s consumed in a celebratory fashion. So when offered the chance to experience Durbanville’s Feast Of The Grape festival with wine tasting, grape stomping and live music, I didn’t have to think twice!
South Africa is a large, beautiful and, in many places unspoiled country. It offers visitors world heritage sites, mountains, beaches, cities, adventure and wildlife in abundance while also sharing its unique traditions and customs. Visiting Africa can seem daunting to many people and it has been said that South Africa is a perfect destination for ‘first timers’ As much as the country is more similar to the western world than elsewhere in Africa, there are still huge cultural differences. It is these that make South Africa the magnificent place that it is.
I like Mumford and Sons. A lot. I have seen them perform in 3 of the 4 continents I have lived in. I once drove 510 miles in -5 degrees, to a sold out show in Philly in the hopes that the ticket scouts would be kind. Their $250 / ticket ‘price’ wasn’t kind so I had to drink wine instead. However, Mumford and Sons made up for it the next month in Montreal (and Philly is a pretty cool city anyway!)
This region is known not only for a large mountain and a (more) effective government than oner provinces, but also for the wine tasting, therefore no itinerary will be complete without spending time at a vineyard or two!
So we unexpectedly found ourselves in the Mother City. A last minute visit to Cape Town from one of my favourite people from home and more tyre troubles led us to speed down the last bit of the west coast (with promises that we will be back) to get to civilisation, tyres and friendly faces.
Two weeks later, we are still here and haven’t been disappointed.
We have spent our time living right on the beach underneath the lighthouse (where the caravan happened to get stuck in the sand).
The cape wild flowers are one of the natural wonders of the world. The arid areas of the cape west coast and the semi desert of Namaqualand, transform into a floral wonderland.
We made it to the West Coast! All the way from East to West with a caravan and two dogs! There were definitely times when I didn’t think we would get here (nothing like a bit of melodrama to make changing a tyre easier, hey?)