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Windhoek, Namibia

Windhoek is the capital city of Namibia. This used to be German South-West Africa then it was ruled by South Africa post WW2 and then all but the town of Walvis Bay got self-rule in 1990. South Africa gave up Walvis Bay in 1994. Windhoek is a real dessert town of only 325,000 people, while all of Namibia only has 2.6 million. Many buildings still have a German look and the language is still widely spoken. Even at 1700 metres elevation, it is damn hot. We stayed for a few days and that time was centred around our hostel Paradise …

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24+ Hour Bus Ride

Finally it was time to say good bye to South Africa so we left on New Years morning on a scheduled 24 hour bus ride to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia! The trip ended up taking 26 hours due to a few hours spent at the border around midnight! Unfortunately two Middle Eastern guys were stopped right before us and they seemed to be trying to sneak a whole lot of stuff into Namibia – not drugs just stuff.  

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A Day at Camp’sBay Beach & Dinner with Friends

With our time in Cape Town running down we planned on a day at Camp’s Bay beach and then dinner with an old friend from HK days. He was originally South African and had moved back to Cape Town with his English wife. We had mentioned we wanted to go to the beach and he told us to be super careful! The day before a bunch of white folk had paid private security to keep black people off one of the Clifton beaches https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/racism-protest-rape-clifton-4th-beach-cape-town-south-africa-security-guards-sheep-slaughter-a8704036.html. So before meeting our friend Gavin, we spent an uneventful day at Camp’s Bay beach. We …

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Table Mountain

Going to Cape Town and not going up Table Mountain would be crazy so we luckily picked a nice sunny day and went to the bottom of the cable car to go check it out! Most days had been cloudy which would obstruct the amazing views from the Table top. When we got to the cable car the line up was super long and there is only one car going up! Luckily it fits about 40 people so the line only took about 45 minutes! At the base was some chap telling the history of the mountain, pointing out the …

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Cape Point Tour

Any time spent in Cape Town requires one to do a tour of Cape Point and the sights along the way. Cape Point is kind of funny in that it advertises itself as the ‘most southwestern point in Africa…however the most southerly point is Cape Agulhus and there are tons of countries in Africa more westerly… so really – who knows! It is a spectacular drive and there is lots to see! After some research we found the Baz Bus was the cheapest tour that offered the most value. We knew we wanted to do a boat tour to see …

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Christmas Day!

Usually our girls sleep ok on Xmas Eve but this year they were too stoked and didn’t sleep much waking us at 5:30 or so on Christmas Day! We told them to go read the magazines in their stockings and return later…an hour or so later we ate a bit then moved to opening some pressies! As mentioned they had each received an email from the NorthPole Central Registry informing them their gifts would come to the right address and would be portable…they were prepared! We had time as it was only about 7 am – all that we had …

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Cape Town – 2 Days Until Xmas

On our first morning in Cape Town it became clear – it was two days until Xmas and we still had a lot to do!!! We chose the Mother City for the holidays because we had used an old HK neighbour as a mailing address so we had to meet with her to pet our deliveries. We found out that morning that Claire was flying out later that evening for the U.K. So we arranged to meet her and her dog, Gracie, at our place. Then we walked to a place called Jarryds which allowed dogs and had a great …

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Cape Town – The Mother City

Our final stop on the Baz Bus was the Mother CIty – Cape Town! Why is it the Mother City? Here’s why: https://www.capetownetc.com/cape-town/cape-town-called-mother-city/. This was our goodbye to the trusty Baz Bus. It was sad to say goodbye to this service as it had done us proud across the entire width and breadth of SOuth Africa. While there may Be slightly cheaper means of transport, the Baz Bus was great for us. WE met some nice folks on the Bus and it took all the hassles out of arriving in a town and walking/getting transport to accomodation. Sure it limits …

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Stellenbosch

The last Baz Bus stop before the Mother City of Cape Town is the famous university and wine region town of Stellenbosch. You leave Hermanus at about 7 in the evening to meet the shuttle at the cool bar – again everything was on time so no drink at the cool bar! Stellenbosch also has a shuttle from the Baz Bus stop so we arrive at the Stumble Inn Backpackers around 9. Everyone was hungry so we went just across the road to a lovely place called Ginos! Pasta and pizza for all! That made for a late night before …

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