When were we there
12 days, October 3-14
Where did we go
✈️ Flight from Nairobi to Cape Town
🏡 Airbnb in Cape Town
🚗 Drove from Cape Town to Stellenbosch
🏨 Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel
Beautiful hotel in the middle of town
🚗 Drove from Stellenbosch to Hermanus
🏨 Hermanus Boutique Guest House
🚗 Drove from Hermanus back to Cape Town
- Table Mountain hike in Cape Town (we hiked all the way to the top!)
- Wine tasting in Stellenbosch
- Penguins in Boulder Beach
- Cape Point
- Cape of Good Hope
- Walking along coast in Hermanus and seeing dassies!
- Wine tasting near Hermanus at Creation Wines
We loved South Africa! We spent a few days in Cape Town, then rented a car and drove 500km down to Cape Point, around wine country, and then to Hermanus.
The landscape is unbelievable. Gorgeous coastlines and huge mountains everywhere. Incredible beaches, beautiful hikes, and wonderful wines!
We spent a few days in wine country around Stellenbosch and we were very impressed by the MCC (sparkling) and the Bordeaux style blends. Then in Hermanus we had a lot of Burgundian style Pinot Noir. South Africa is now one of our favorite wine regions (after France and New Zealand).
The best part is everything is super cheap! Great wines were only $10-15. I seriously don’t know if we can drink California wine again. It’s not just the cost: we find wines from these other regions to have more balance.
Unfortunately there’s a sad side to South Africa as well. With racial separation in the country only having ended about 20 years ago, there’s still a huge divide between people. We were sad to see so much poverty (slums, etc) throughout the country.
South Africa is probably the only place we’ve been to where we haven’t felt 100% safe. Nothing bad happened, but we got enough warnings from friends and locals that we were extra careful.