Itinerary - June 1999
Sorry, I don't have a full diary for this trip, but I have rebuilt the trip from my memory(!) photos, and credit card receipts! This trip was during 'winter' time in South Africa, the so called Secret Season. The plan was to spend a few days in Cape Town, and then hire a car and do as much of the Garden Route as I could manage.
Day 1 - Fri 18 Jun 1999Overnight flight from LHR to Cape Town with British Airways, collected from the airport by the owners of the Blackheath Lodge B&B.
Day 2 - Sat 19 Jun 1999Cape Town - Walked into the centre of Cape Town. Found the Victoria and Albert dock, a huge shopping mall - visited the Two Oceans Aquarium.
Day 3 - Sun 20 Jun 1999Cape Town - A clear day so caught the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain, and got some great views of the city below. Went to see 'The Matrix' at the multiplex cinema in the V&A. The owners of the B&B told me about a great little restaurant around the corner (Food Affair), so spent the evening there - had a three course meal and wine for about 10 quid!
Day 4 - Mon 21 Jun 1999Cape Town / Cape Agulhas - Collected the rental car, drove to Hermanus and had a look around. Spent the night in a tin roofed house in Cape Agulhas with the rain belting down, and the room being lit up by the lighthouse!
Day 5 - Tue 22 Jun 1999Mossel Bay -
Day 6 - Wed 23 Jun 1999Wilderness / Knysna - took a walk on a deserted beach at Wilderness, miles of golden sand, and not another human being to be seen!
Day 7 - Thr 24 Jun 1999Plattenburg
Day 8 - Fri 25 Jun 1999Storms River / George
Day 9 - Sat 26 Jun 1999George / Oudtshoorn (Queen's Hotel)
Day 10 - Sun 27 Jun 1999Paarl / Stellenbosh - In Paarl had a guided tour of the KWV vintry, and saw the biggest wooden barrels in the world.
Day 11 - Mon 28 Jun 1999Stellenbosh
Day 12 - Tue 29 Jun 1999Stellenbosh / Simon's Town (Boulder's Beach) - spent the day watching penguins on the beach, and the evening having a meal overlooking the beach.
Day 13 - Wed 30 Jun 1999Boulders / Cape of Good Hope and even though it was shut due to falling rocks, took the car down Chapman's Peak drive on the way back to Cape Town.
Day 14 - Thr 1 Jul 1999Cape Town - Back to the Blackheath Lodge via Rhodes memorial, drop off rental car. When to see 'Star Wars' at the V&A cinema.
Day 15 - Fri 2 Jul 1999Cape Town - day trip out to Robben Island. Took the boat out to Robben Island from the V&A. Got a guided tour with a guy who was imprisoned here, and got to see Nelson's cell. A very sobering experience.
Day 15 - Sat 3 Jul 1999Cape Town - getting ready to leave. Got driven to the airport by my friendly B&B hosts!
Day 16 - Sun 4 Jul 1999Arrive back at LHR - Work tomorrow!
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