17 Juli 2010

Following the Cup

The last weeks I spent exploring South Africa on a roadtrip, driving more than 4000km across this beautiful country, taking in the world cup spirit and loving every minute of it! Internet has been rather sporadic, so here's a quick recap of my whereabouts in the previous weeks.

Our journey took us from the highveld of Johannesburg for the Germany-Ghana match via the capital Pretoria on to Pilanesberg National Park and then to Bloemfontein in the Free State, where we attended the England-Germany game; and so we got a first impression of the rainbow nation and proud host country of the World Cup.

The second part of our roadtrip brought us from Gaborone to the Drakensberg and a quick visit to Lesotho, then to Durban and from there to the Wild Coast where we spent a couple of days on the beach.

In Port Elisabeth we saw Germany's last victory against Uruguay and then hit the road again to reach our final destination for this trip: Cape Town

Thanks to Björn for encouraging me to do this trip and being such wonderful company, to Keith for being a great travel buddy and to all the people we met along the way for their amazing hospitality and for sharing some insights of this fascinating country with us!

Ein Tag am Meer

In Chintza, a well-loved holiday resort on the Wild Coast, we found a perfect place to rest after spending so many hours on the road. Situated on a hill overlooking a bay we spent two nights at Buccaneer's from where you would wake up in the morning to a beautiful sunrise and the sound of the waves down at the beach.

On our beach walk we collected some seashells, observed little snails walking across the sand, listened to the endless crashing of the waves and had picnic on the beach before we returned to the lodge and enjoyed a delicious home-cooked dinner and some live-music.

Life is good at the Wild Coast and this was exactly what we needed in order to prepare for the rest of our journey.

walking above the clouds

The Kingdom of Lesotho is quite unaccessible because it is soo high up and surrounded by lots of mountains. The Sani-Pass is the only way to get into it from the Southern side and it took a long and bumpy uphill ride in a trustworthy landrover to get there.

Of course, this was not the end of our trip: We climbed further to get to the top of Hodgson’s peaks, a steep 2 hour-hike and 3256 m above sealevel.

The lack of oxygen was compensated by a spectacular 360 degree view all over the Drakensberg, down to the hills of KwaZulu-Natal and inwards to the highlands where Lesotho ponies and herds of sheep grazed in the distance.

Walking back along the edge and peering down the cliffs makes you feel very small and almost as if this kingdom above the clouds is somehow detached from the rest of the world.

15 Juli 2010

Capetonian Views

Everyone told me how beautiful Capetown is but still I wasn't quite prepared for the outstanding beauty of this part of the world.
After a long and rainy day in the car we arrived at sunset from the Sir Lowry's Pass and for the first time I loved the traffic jam because that meant I could enjoy the fantastic view even longer :)

The next days we spent exploring the city and the surroundings, including a trip to the wine region around Stellenbosch with georgeous views from the vineyards and the spectacular backdrop of snow-capped mountains.

Table mountain even cleared its famous tablecloth when we went up there and so we got some absolutely amazing 360-degree views of the peninsula.

Driving around the peninsula is really hard as you get distracted by the natural beauty all the time and I had to pull over more than once because I just could not concentrat on the road for all the beautiful views around us.

More sunsets along the coast and dramatic skies left us deeply in love with this beautiful city and I am already planning to go back and see more.