Cape town and the game reserve

I arrived late Tuesday in cape town and had 3 days to explore. Wednesday I woke up and went for a walk, I found the ocean and explored tide pools. Within about 5 minutes I slipped and fell in…it was a wet 20 minute walk back to the hostel. I then went to the nelson mandela museum and went out to robben island. We had a guided tour of the island including the prison. It was quite amazing.

On Thursday me and a friend from the hostel went up table mountain. I was supposed to do an abseil, but the wind was too strong. We had a great hike around the top and a gorgeous view of the city off the back of the mountain. I wandered downtown, went to the market then my roommate izzy and i went out to mama Africa to try some traditional South African food for dinner. I ate a bit of her bobotie, which is a ground beef type thing with egg on it. I ordered a veggie dish though, it was a squash stuffed with a bunch of spinach and things. There was a live band as well which was very cool.

Friday was my wine tour day. We visited 4 different vineyards, all of which were so unique with very interesting histories. South Africans sure know how to make wine! A very hungover christina left he next morning for the bus ride to the garden route game lodge. I pretty much slept all the way there then I got to this beautiful nature reserve, made a sanwhich and had a nap. Sooo hungover. But once i woke up we had a braai, fed the elephants and played with baby cheetahs!!!! There are 3 of us volunteers, a family and a couple employees who live here as well.

I leave for the nature college this afternoon but will be back here at the garden route game lodge in 2 weeks. At the nature college I will do a field guiding course where I learn plants, animals, weapon handling, snake handling, darting, and a ton of other cool stuff. My practicum is then guiding tours here at the garden route game lodge.

This morning we had a tour of the reserve. We saw all kinds of animals; cheetahs, springbok, snakes, antelope, zebras, elephants… It’s been an amazing time so far. Time to do homework, pack, and find out how many bottles of wine I can take back to Canada…

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The ocean

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A little sea star I found in a tide pool

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Anemone!!! I love the ocean.

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The view of table mountain from the boat ride to robben island

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The penguins of robben island

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The prison

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Table mountain. It was a rainy day with most of the view looking like this.

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After 2 hours of hiking we found a clear area where we could see the city

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The first vineyard, fairview. I fell in love with their pinotage.

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Vrede en lust, where the wine is great, the girls are gorgeous and the chocolate is amazing. They co own lindt chocolate.

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Solms delta, my personal favourite. With very unique wines and a tasting in the museum. We also had an amazing lunch here in their glass floored resteraunt.

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Solms delta outside

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Villiera, they have an amazing selection of champagne here.

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The tented camp we stay in at the garden route game lodge. Gorgeous view, we are in the middle of the reserve.

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At a braai with a baby cheetah, I love Africa! These cheetahs will be around humans their whole lives. They plan to use them for commercial purposes including carrying rings down the aisle at weddings.

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A wilder cheetah, he just had surgery after breaking his leg.

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Baby giraffe, he is 1 month old.

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Out on the reserve

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This is the actual lodge, where the tourists stay

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4 thoughts on “Cape town and the game reserve

  1. WOW very nice Christina……We look forward to your next entry…..Be safe those kitties do get bigger

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