It was actually with some sadness that we headed back to the city, but we had faith that all the rumours about Cape Town must be true! We had spent the day in the Winelands, so we arrived at Abbey Manor around 6pm – they seemed a little surprised we were “so late” but were perfectly welcoming and helpful. I didn’t realise that perhaps we should have told them we wouldn’t be arriving until the evening.
The guesthouse itself was beautifully presented, an impressive building and setting too, being right at the foot of Table Mountain. Again, we were the only guests – it was definitely the beginning of winter! Our first evening we headed down to the V&A Waterfront to wander around and we chose one of the many bars for a bite to eat.
The following day was gorgeous and clear, so we decided to make the most of it and climb TM. We opted for one of the longer routes, so got an Uber to Kirstenbosch and went up Smuts Track. It really was stunning! The walk/climb was not for the faint hearted and there were sections where it wasn’t clear there was a path at all, it felt like we were climbing up a mountain stream! When we broke through the treeline, the views were phenomenal.
By the time we made it to Maclear’s Beacon we had 360 degrees crystal-clear views - it was brilliant. In fact, it was quite surreal walking the further 45 minutes to the cableway and finding so many people!! We enjoyed a milk tart ;-) and a glass of white wine each before riding down and back to Abbey Manor.
Views of the Western Cape
We showered and changed and jumped in the car to Clifton to watch the sunset and have dinner. We had wanted to go to the market at Hout Bay as it was Friday night and was recommended to me, but we were so exhausted we didn’t make it that far!!
Our next day we went to Granger’s Bay and to the Oranjezicht City Farm Market, which was really lovely – so much good food, dogs, crafts, and produce. It had a really local feel to it, and we enjoyed it so much we were going to return on Sunday for breakfast but unfortunately didn’t make it. We walked from there round to the waterfront and did some shopping for our safari.
Unfortunately that evening I got a stomach bug and the following 24 hours were a bit of a write-off! However, John did get to sample what Uber Eats had to offer, and I did make it out of my sickbed briefly on Sunday to drive to Hout Bay where he had some fish and chips and prawns (in the rain!). So sadly we never made it to the Cape, although we got a good view from the top of the mountain, and we never found the penguins. But we will just have to go back some day and fill the gaps! …although we will find it hard to stay away from Franschhoek too!