African shoestrings – South Africa Day Thirty-seven – Rhodes Memorial Cape Town

Just up the road from Observatory, we found the Rhodes Memorial. A little gem of a place! Cecil John Rhodes, founder of the famous De Beers Diamond Company and British Empire builder had a big influence on the way Southern Africa was carved up politically in the nineteenth century. He was Prime Minister of the Cape … Continue reading African shoestrings – South Africa Day Thirty-seven – Rhodes Memorial Cape Town

African shoestrings – South Africa Day Thirty-five – Table Mountain Cape Town

In our previous visit to Cape Town we had taken the cable car to the top of the 1000 metre Table Mountain (and back down again). This time, we promised ourselves, we would walk to the top and catch the cable car down. Today was a public holiday and even minibuses would be few and … Continue reading African shoestrings – South Africa Day Thirty-five – Table Mountain Cape Town

African shoestrings – South Africa Day Thirty-three – Robben Island Cape Town

Another pretty interesting guy whom unfortunately we didn't get around to meet was Nelson Mandela. We did however get to meet someone who served time with him on Robben island a small former prison island 11 kilometres north west of Cape Town. Eugene was his name and he served seven years on Robben Island for … Continue reading African shoestrings – South Africa Day Thirty-three – Robben Island Cape Town

African shoestrings – South Africa Day Twenty-nine

We left J'burg for Cape Town the next day via a domestic South African airways flight. We had been to Cape Town before but we had felt that hadn't done it justice, so this visit was to 'see' the place properly. Last time we had stayed in a pleasant Bed & Breakfast near the city … Continue reading African shoestrings – South Africa Day Twenty-nine