Visiting Cape Town – South Africa

Our company won a trip to Cape Town – South Africa and I was allowed to be the one to go, I couldn’t say no to an opportunity like that. I came home last Thursday and I have my brain so full of impressions that I have problems finding out where to start.

We had a full packed program and we did great stuff each day, guided by an incredibly nice fellow Zaid. Zaid has a great knowledge of deapth and could elaborate any question we had and had lots of good stuff to tell.

I am not sure what I expected to see when I arrived in South Africa but I sure was overwhelmed by beautiful sceneries and well kept parks. Everything seemed so structured and neatly done, even along small district roads – kilometres of lovely small stone walls were set up along far south roads. (towards Cape Good Hope for instance) People in Cape Town is very friendly, though you shouldn’t walk alone – as in most countries.

When we visited the Township Khayelitsha though, we were told that we were safer there than in the city. (I posted an image of the shack-town Khayelitsha) It figures, in Khayelitsha they have set up a few sale spots were they sell off stuff that people there make. And they welcome tourists with open arms to let us see how their life is. In Khayelitsha there are about 1.2 million inhabitants.

At first I felt horrible watching how they live, but after hearing about the ongoing project I too got optimistic. There are rules in a Township ; if someone moves out of a shack, it is to be removed immediately, no one is allowed to move in. This is an ongoing process, and when its room, a house is being built, with water and power. The family moving in get to own the house after they live in it for seven years. After that they can sell it or continue to live there. This way all shacks are going to be gone, they say within 2014 but seeing all the shacks make me doubt – but I hope.

South Africa has a grim past, I could write a whole blog on that topic, you should read about it here at Wiki, after what have happened in South Africa the country has recovered in an incredible way. Has it recovered too fast? Many is optimists about the future of the country and I think it is on its right path. I hope the distance between poor and rich doesn’t grow larger though – I really look forward to follow this lovely country. I fell in love with it the instant I got out of the plane. The people there has a beautiful spirit within that I think will help them further.

We visited Cape Good Hope, a significant cape to sailors as it is a major milestone for the clipper route to far East and Australia. Its also the legendary home of the Flying Dutchman. It has beautiful landscapes, it was home to the Khoikhoi (Hottentot) people since about 150 AC. They were visited by Chinese, Arabian, and Indian travellers, then later the Europeans. On the way we stopped to say hello to lovely penguins near Simon’s Town. Simon’s Town is where South Africa’s main naval base is btw.

One can’t visit Cape Town without going up to Table Mountain, we had to give it 2 tries though since it got too windy the first day. Be sure to go in the morning before the evening wind picks up. 🙂 The view up there took my breath away – I could spend a whole day up there, its worth daring to take the cableway up.

We also went to Boschendal, Cape South, Chapman’s Peak, Stellenbosch and some other places I am trying to find out where it was. 🙂 I hope you enjoyed my photos, it was fun that my cellphone could take souch images. Feel free to download them and use them. I wish I soon can visit again, it is a paradise.

Øyvind Lasse Høysæter

Born in 1971, fell in love with computing in 1983 because of Sinclair's masterpieces. Continued on the magic surrounding the C64, Amiga and moved to the PC world in 1990. Loves science fiction, programming, astronomy, my family and my job. (developer) :)

9 Responses

  1. Nicole says:

    Awwwww – I’m a bit envious 😀
    But I’m glad you loved it and enjoyed your trip fully :D!
    Love all the pictures!
    🙂

  2. Hey man,

    Looks like you enjoyed your trip to Cape Town.As a Cape Tonian mysself, I must say that the article is well written and should hopefully give other readers some inspiration, to also visit our beautiful city as well.

    Thank You
    David

    http://www.cape-town-tours.info/

  3. Marie says:

    You’ve taken some really great photos!
    Cape Town looks like a beautiful place to visit, that’s for sure 🙂

  4. cape town says:

    Isn’t cape Town beautiful?? I love South Africa! We have been there twice, and it is so wonderful.

    Thank you for sharing the great trip report! Great pics 2.

    :O)

    George

  5. Greenville NC Events says:

    The ocean looks BEAUTIFUL! I would love to go visit cape town!

  6. Linda says:

    What a beautiful place… thank you for the wonderful pics and sharing your trip.

  7. Salome says:

    Thanks for the generous spirit with which you visited my old country. No wonder I am returning to my beginnings, and after 29 years. Where my roots are and my whole family. I always tell the people whom I know in the US, that the natives are getting restless for me to return. It’s good that pride among many people is a part of the new SA.

  8. Hilary says:

    Hi,
    I just read your story about your trip to Cape Town, South Africa with great interest. It was very weird timing for me to find a story about a Norwegian visiting South Africa weeks before I visit Norway. I live in Pretoria, the capital of South Africa near Johannesburg. I am very excited to be spending a few days in Oslo and I hope to come back with a wonderful story to tell my friends just like you did!! If you have any tips on what to do in Oslo I would be very grateful! Hope that you are able to come to South Africa again soon. If you’ve only been to Cape Town and the surrounding areas, you’ve only seen a small part of our beautiful country. There is a whole lot more to experience!

  1. 1 February 2009

    beske Cape Town – Sr-Afrika…

    En skildring om hvordan det var beske Sr-Afrike. Mange fine bilder….

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