We were up early today (Tuesday) to hike up Table mountain but mother nature had other ideas.
Despite blue skies elsewhere, Table mountain was covered in a blanket of cloud (which didn't clear till 2pm) which mean we couldn't do our ascent.
1. We wouldn't have seen a thing, and 2. the cable car back down doesn't operate when it's cloudy.
So we resorted to plan b which was a drive to the north of Cape Town along the west coast of South Africa.
We saw lovely beaches and then went inland across a farming area - the difference in scenery, and colours was really nice.
On the way back to Cape Town we also stopped at Blougerstrand (in the Blauwberg area) for a nice walk and a glass of wine while looking out at Table mountain.
We then continued past miles and miles of almost deserted beaches back to our Camps Bay apartment at about 4pm where we chilled in the sun drinking wine and I cooked a braai (barby) which included bowervors sausage, ostrich burgers and a huge beef kebab which even I couldn't finish it.
I'm typing this having just watched another sunset which was at 6.30pm Cape Town time (we are an hour ahead of UK at the moment).
We have to say for anyone who is daunted by a 24 hour flight to Australia, we would really recommend South Africa.
Its a 12 hour direct flight from the UK, no jet-lag, food and drink are much cheaper than home (& def much much cheaper than Oz) and the people here are very friendly. Safety hasn't really been an issue - most places you park there are car guards who look after the cars in their areas and each driver gives them between 2-5 rand (16p - 45p) when you're leaving and say thanks - some seem to be doing better than others as Mish saw one a few days ago with an iPhone. A few really friendly ones we've given a 10 rand note to (85p). Photo included of one we met today with his dog.
Some of these car guards are places where I don't think your car would get nicked anyway but maybe 20 years ago they would have been and the guard isnt going to give up his area.
The scenery, if anything is even more spectacular - really love the mountains here and the beaches are on a par with Oz and that's saying something.
Fingers crossed we'll get up Table Mountain tomorrow.
We wish we could stay for another 3 or 4 days but alas we leave here on Thursday evening and will hopefully get back to our house in Belfast before lunchtime on Friday.
If you click 'more photos' you'll see our latest pics from today.
Simon & Mish