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Switching into vacation mode


Following the research workshops and conference, I was ready to switch into vacation mode and start further exploring around the Western Cape. I feel very fortunate that I was able to tack some vacation time onto this trip, and had another two weeks with which to explore further and enjoy the late South African Summer. While I had extended an open invite to  friends to join me in Cape Town for this trip, only one took that opportunity, and I am super grateful that she did! Sarah from Toronto joined me in Cape Town the day after I finished up my work obligations and we embarked on a trip east along the coast.

Driving around Hout Bay

With our rental car, and after a good rest for Sarah following the long voyage, we head out of Cape Town. We traveled south first, passing through the amazing Chapman Peak Drive, beach flats along the R310, through townships, then almost immediately wine lands as we approached Stellenbosch. I have a favorite restaurant in this area called 96 Winery Road, and we had a lovely lunch on the first day of our road trip.  We also opted to stop in at a few wineries along the way.

The Waenhuiskrans Caves

Just after Gordon’s Bay, there is a stunning seaside drive through the Hottentots Holland Mountains. The drive follows the seaside, along cliffs, down to sprawling beaches, and through various little seaside villages. We discovered the Penguin Nature Reserve in Betty’s Bay and were lucky enough to be the only people there interacting with the beautiful penguins. We spent a night in Hermanus before continuing on along the coast. We visited Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of the African continent and explored the Agulhas Lighthouse.  Our goal for the day was Arniston, a little seaside town with an interesting geological feature the Waenhuiskrans Cave.  Arniston was a very beautiful and peaceful place, the beaches and surf here are just amazing. This was one of my favorite spots on the trip.

At Arniston