Advantages Beautiful Scenery,Wildlife,Beaches,Price,Climate,Seafood
Disadvantages Big difference between rich and the poor
I had been looking forward to this holiday for many a month for it was my return to my birth country, South Africa. The trip was even more special to me because i was taking my wife with me who has always boasted of the beauty of her country, Australia, and i wanted to show her some of my roots.First stop was the city of Cape Town set beneath the beautiful Table Mountain. We stepped off the plane at the International Airport and immediately felt the heat against our faces, even though it was only 28 degrees it was a huge difference from the rainy Gatwick airport we had departed from 10 hours earlier. The airport has had an overhaul recently and it shows, very pleasant and modern looking.
Simons Town, approximately 30 minutes from Cape Town City Centre, is a beautiful little town and has an English seaside town feel about it. A navy base in the early 19th century it now boasts a museum and a very quaint harbour with many great resturaunts. Cruises launch from Simons Town to Seal Island and even to see the mighty Great White Sharks which frequent these waters. It appears to be a perfect base for which to explore what Cape Town has to offer. We stayed at a lovely self catering guesthouse which deserves a link just because what you get for the price it doesnt compare http://www.safarinow.com/go/marianella/ .In the late afternoon after we had had a nap we decided to make our way to Boulders Beach which is well renowned as the easiest place to see Penguins in the wild with a large Penguin Colony at the beach. There are two entrances to the beach, one along a large boardwalk or my preffered one directly onto the beach where one can actually swim with the cute little birds. Absolutely magical place and seeing its only 2km down the road from Simons Town. Perrrfect.
A car is highly recommended when coming to South Africa as public transport can be highly dangerous and so not recommened ,however there are cabbies who will drive you around to all the main tourist spots but i do recommend hiring a car personally and so you can do everything entirely at your own pace.
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