2017 African Adventure by Luxury Private Jet – Cape Town, South Africa – September 11 – 13 – Our arrival into beautiful Cape Town started only the way a private jet can make it happen. We descended down to 10,000 feet and flew across the wide Table Bay with full views of Cape Town city and Table Mountain. At low level we flew on down to the Cape Point ‘Cape of Good Hope’, circled around in our jet and then sped back up the coast to the international airport. WOW!! We were all sad to say bye-bye to our great jet crew, Captains Cobus and Danie, and our ‘sky angels’ Chantel and Danielle.
We were quick off the jet and with our guide Andre we were on our way to ascend Table Mountain by revolving cable car gondola. One of the seven natural wonders of the world, we appreciated why so. Amid the swirling mists at the ‘top of the table’ – over 3000ft above the city – we enjoyed brisk walks with magnificent views. This too was a highlight start to our good times in Cape Town.
The renowned Cape Grace is our “home” … a story-book hotel of elegance, serendipity, and history right in the center of the buzzing city waterfront. Situated on a private pier, with the international yacht marina on one side and the working harbour on the other and dozens of shops just over the walking Bascule bridge … we are in the heart of the city’s fun action. This is ‘home SWEET home’.
Great restaurants nearby too within the exciting Waterfront area, one of which our group enjoys together for a dining night out on the town. Fine travel includes fine dining. Our group also has the honour of sharing a dinner and fascinating personal conversations with Christo Brand. As a former prison guard responsible for guarding Nelson Mandela for over 12 years, Christo enjoyed a personal friendship with President Mandela. This fascinating encounter as a part of our small group dinner at the beautiful private home of a lovely Capetown host couple.
Our two days are filled with good adventures with Andre … including a city tour overview and amazing helicopter rides over the city, out close to Robben Island, over the 2010 World Cup soccer stadium, alongside the Table Mountain, along the jagged mountainous coastline and landing right near Cape Point itself. We take the ‘Flying Dutchman’ tram to the top of the point where the old lighthouse stands. The views all across the Point and Cape, breathtaking. We see whales breaching in False Bay. We drive along the scenic winding coast highway through tiny Fishoeck and to little Simonstown. Here we enjoy a seaside lunch of fresh seafood. We walk over to visit the Cape Colony penguins. That’s fun. There’s also explorations up to the Winelands area … amid the towering granite mountains. We visit the picturesque little old town of Stellenbosch settled in the mid-1600s with the early Dutch settlers. There’s exquisite boutique vineyards to visit, and delicious wines to taste. And, to get about in the wine country, vintage side car motorcycles from World War 2. We’re not driving so we can indulge more. A delicious lunch & wines at private Tokara estate makes for a fun final day.
Before we really know it, we are around an elegant private dining table of Bascule in the Cape Grace. It’s our farewell dinner together. We all have lots of stories to share and tellings of how much these extraordinary experiences has been for each of us. Ways in which this wondrous trip has opened our eyes to the cultures of Africa and to the exciting wildlife experiences ‘up close & personal’. This has been an Africa of awesome adventures and we recount together all those amazing times. So, this is a happy event and rather sad event … All good things do come to an end … and all the memories live on Forever. Til we meet again … safe travels home.
All ways, Thank You to the magic of Africa!