KAAP DIE GOEIE HOOP; CAPE OF GOOD HOPE; KAAP STAD; CAPE TOWN
Normally everyone is very bullish about their roots and where they originate. So, you might expect me to try to sell the eastern highlands of Zimbabwe to everyone (as a wise man (from the east!), we adore our mountains, terrain and people). Indeed the eastern highlands are the prettiest area in Zimbabwe, but I would like to be on record saying that the most beautiful city (and environs) is Kaap Stad in the Western Cape, South Africa. It is a city I know very well, having resided there on and off for two years. You can never tire of the Mother City of Cape Town. My first trip there was in August and I had a rough time. The wind was high, the rain was sleeting, and everything and everyone was frowning. I couldn’t wait to get back to Durban, and swore as I was getting onto my flight ‘Cape Town, Ugh!!!!!’ (and made a motion as if puking). I have since eaten my words (or shall I say vomit?). As my friend Dave Key once told me: ‘You cannot be tired of life if you live in Cape Town). From Paarl to Noordhoek, and from Hermanus to Koeburg… it is one wide swath of fun and adventure.
The picture above speaks for itself. In the short time I lived in Kaap Stad, I went nearly everywhere that mattered. No-one can tell me any part of Kaap Stad that I do not already know. I have also sampled all the golf courses and all the pubs and resorts. In the foreground above are the docks and the famous Waterfront. In the center of the picture is the small downtown area (not important) as well as Signal Hill (Lion’s rump). As you scan to the right, you can see the Metropolitan Golf Course in appropriately named ‘Green Point’. Further along on this side will be Sea Point and then Bantry Bay, Camps Bay and way into the distance is Chapman’s Peak. From downtown, if you pan left you will see areas like Oranjezicht, Tamboerskloof before going on either the M3 or N2 to where I used to hang out. You can take Main Road all the way to (in order) Salt River, Observatory, Mowbray, Rondebosch, Claremont and Wynberg
Here I am at Cape Point, at the southern most tip of Africa where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. This is a National Park, and you pay some R10 or 20 to drive into the park and all the way to The Point. Along the way, as you drive, there are areas where you can see both oceans. The beaches are pristine, white sand, and no-one on them!!!!!! Very deserted and inviting. The constant wind is the only spoiler. But, however, the wind brings about high surf. This is a surfer’s paradise. My, Oh My, if you have not yet been to Cape Town, then what are you waiting for?
Lots of interesting wild life can be seen among the fynbos.
Even local fine mamas like to go to Cape Point!!!!!!!