I’d a fantastic last ten days in Cape Town and have really enjoyed my first week in the Seychelles (apart from the weather funnily enough!).
I hired a car and headed east along the coast to Hermanus for my penultimate weekend in Cape Town. I’d been that way before on the shark diving trip but hiring a car meant I could go down the coast instead of the more direct route. I’d highly recommend it, the scenery on the coast road between Strand and Klienmond is stunning! I had to stop the car so many times just to take in the view.
Hermanus itself is a seaside resort town, though unlike most it’s actually busiest in the local winter as it’s one of the best places in the world to go whale watching – you don’t even need a boat as they swim so close to the shore. Alas it’s the wrong time of year so I didn’t see any. A great excuse to come back though!
On the Saturday I had a braai with some relations, a very pleasant way to spend the afternoon and so interesting to hear about Africa from people who’d lived there practically all their lives.
For my last week in Cape Town I’d booked a stunning looking apartment in the posh part of town, Camps Bay. And stunning it was, a beautiful studio apartment half way up the mountain overlooking the sea. I’m sure you’d get blasé if you lived there all the time but I really enjoyed every sunset. It was a great place to spend my final week and I’d go back there in a heartbeat
Rust en Vrede
For my final weekend I went with some friends to a wine farm called Rust en Vrede that boasts South Africa’s top rated restaurant. Alas I didn’t get to eat there as I had to go back and pack for my plane. The wine was fantastic though, the best reds I’ve tasted here and six of them are on order for when I get back! (Lal, sending to yours, no drinking till I get there!)
So on to the last big part of my trip. The flights here were great but when I arrived the guest house I was staying at had lost my booking. Thankfully there was space and it wasn’t very stressful so I didn’t have to run round looking for a place to stay. It’s so humid here that I don’t know if I’d have coped coming straight from Ireland. Thankfully Cape Town got me used to the temperature so I only had to get used to the humidity. The weather is a change too, it’s been quite bad and rainy, reminds me a lot like the weather at home apart from the temperature.
Wow! What an amazing place to dive. The water temperature is 29C and there’s so many beautiful fish and coral to see. I’ve done eight dives and really enjoyed every one. Have begun to learn how to use my camera underwater properly, and thankfully been able to rescue some bad shots on the computer. Really looking forward to what I can see, count and take photos off the next four weeks.
So tomorrow I head into the GVI camp to start my volunteer work. I’m looking forward to the diving but a little nervous about what camp life will be like given the rainy weather and humidity. However it ends up turning out I’m determined to enjoy it as much as possible! I’m not sure what connectivity I’ll have when I’m in there so this could be my last post till I get back. I’ll leave you with some of the underwater photos I’ve taken so far.