The day began really early....leaving home at 6am! Got to the airport very early and walked around the tiny little airport for over an hr visiting some shops more than once...lol! Finally got onto the plane and headed towards Jo'burg. The flight felt much longer than 4 hours as no entertainment was provided and we were sitting right at the back so had many visitors near the toilets!
Reached Jo'burg and found an African Passport queue. Rach was well excited thinking for once she would get out of immigration sooner than the British but as always it was not meant to be...Nira had got through and collected the baggage before Rach came to find her. Neway, checked in for the next lag of the journey to Cape Town and then walked around the airport which felt like a shopping mall...had our first Nando's which was delicious!
Got onto the plane and yet again were right at the back of the plane and suffered from a lot of turbulence! Reached CT and felt weird as didnt have to go through immigration. Got our bags and rushed out with excitment to find our rental car. It is a cute little blue chevrolet which cannot go very fast but does the job. The roads were amazing....felt like we were in the suburbs on the UK but also having the weather and atmosphere of Africa...what more could you ask for?!
Finally got to our backpackers on 74 New Church Street with the help of our Garmin and friendly South Africans. The backpackers was awesome...nothing like what we had imagined it to be especially compared to our experience in Edingburgh. We have a lovely twin ensuite room overlooking the table mountain called Madiba which is the nickname for Nelson Mandela.
We then headed off to explore the surroundings and found a lively street....Long Street. There were many backpackers all along the street as well as restaurants. We had dinner at Clay Oven....shared a plate of Nacho's and some pizza which we then had for breakfast the following morning. Of course, we cannot forget the wine that accompanied the meal considering its as cheap as buying water.
We walked back up the steep hill and felt we were in Bristol or Bath. It made us realise what we are in for, for the next 6 weeks...lets hope the fitness levels get better. The thought of having lots of more delicious wine made us book a wine tour for the very next morning. Had a long day so fell asleep as soon as we hit the pillows.