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After our two weeks with Bridges of Hope we had a week to relax and explore the Cape Town area. For the first three nights we stayed at Beachside Villa in Camps Bay, about 15 minutes from the center of Cape Town (thanks KP for booking!). Camps Bay is absolutely stunning, with a perfect white sand beach that stretches for over a mile lined with very nice restaurants and bars, and the Twelve Apostles mountains (including Table Mountain) towering directly behind. It was interesting, and strangely difficult adjusting to such a nice area after being surrounded by poverty and such desperate conditions for two weeks. It honestly felt like we were back in Laguna Beach – there were Ferraris on the road, yachts on the water, and very expensive restaurants everywhere you turn.
After Camps Bay we met up with our friend Kezia, one of Will’s best friend’s girlfriend who lives in Cape Town. For four nights she showed us the best of the Cape Town area – we went on tons of hikes, ate at some excellent restaurants (including one of her family’s restaurants at their wine farm called Constantia Uitsig), visited the penguins, went to the beach, and finished up a bunch of odds and ends that we needed to get done. We stayed at two of her family’s homes, one in Constantia (a 200 year old Dutch barn that was converted into an incredible, modern-day home) and one at Hermanus (their “holiday” house on the beach). We owe Kezia BIG time because she couldn’t have been a better hostess and we loved every minute that we spent with her and her family.
Enjoy the video and pictures below. Next stop, Paul Cluver!
Sushi dinner in Camps Bay
View of Table Mountain from Robben Island
Nelson Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island
Lounging at Camps Bay with the 12 Apostles Mountain Range in the background
A picture we took while walking in the vineyards with Kezia and her family
Kate Luis, Marleen, Kezia and Amanda on our evening walk in Constantia
Kezia’s family’s winery tasting room
The hike up Lion’s Head
The famous “table cloth” on Table Mountain
With Kezia in Hermanus Bay
Making dinner at Kezia’s beach house
Hiking to a waterfall near Hermanus
At Boulder Beach to see the penguins