Saturday, April 9, 2016

Cape Town - South Africa (Part 3)


Cape Town - Loved! Loved! Cape Town as I've said (Cape Town 1 and Cape Town 2) is an incomparable nature beauty as one of the spectacular stunning places I have travelled to. More aptly, on the third day which was also our last day in Cape, we explored the other side of the city. An early start for the day, we travelled for an hour plus to arrive at Nederburg Wines, one of the older vineyards in Stellenbosch. 

For a wine drinker like me, the professionally presented wine tasting session in the impressive ambiance was fantastic. A total of 6 types of wine we tasted, if you ask me to verbalize the tastes and aromas, I have to be honest. I don't know. Still, one thing is certain. I can differentiate between white wine and red wine, well, from the colour. Pretty much a simple thing, I am sure even a non-wine drinker obviously can do that as well. Okay, wine is also ultimately my comfort during weekends to relax prior to tucking into bed.    
  
At Nederburg Wines, kicked off with wine tasting, we then toured the huge farm winery to understand a thing or two on wine-making process, returned to the foyer to purchase some wine and before leaving, we walked around the wine plantation to marvel at the beautiful sight of the grape varieties. 



With the whole morning literally well spent on this educational journey, lunch had to be the next highlight. Indeed, a memorable highlight at Kirstenbosch Garden Moyo Restaurant. Packed with hundreds of people, queuing for the all-you-can-eat traditional South African cuisine was quite a thing. Nonetheless, the setting and atmosphere was a stunner, the food was not too bad and more cannot be expected from the service. Also, the spacious inside eating area and the outside shaded by trees area where we dined, the tribal style face painting by the staff, the African music and native dancing captured the essence at Moyo as a memorable and unique dining and travel venture.      





Now, as all good things must come to end, within the next 2 hours, we departed from Moyo to arrive at West Coast Ostrich Ranch. Nestled on the sea facing slopes of Durbanville hills and offering magnificent views of Table Mountain and Hottentots Holland Mountain, West Coast Ostrich Ranch is in an area steeped in local history. Our more or less 45 minutes informative trail showcased West Coast white ostriches, dwarf ostriches, black-necked ostriches, emus, rheas, peacocks, ostrich chicks and a cactus garden. With more than 200 birds on the farm ranging from chicks to 20-year-old breeding pairs, we  sort of saw the chicks that had just hatched, the chance to sit on a live ostrich, stand on an ostrich egg and feeding the ostrich was quite a touchy-touchy thingy.  



The finale for the day, postponed on Day 1 and Day 2 because of the unpredictable weather, aww!! what else, what else but the must-see by hook or by crook, not to be missed stunning Table Mountain. Remaining as a major attraction to visitors, Table Mountain has expansive views of the forest and nature, a view that begins from the 85 years old cableway cable car ride right up to the top of the mountain. Looming large, the iconic Table Mountain is one of the “7 Wonders of the Nature”.
In all respect and in every way, Cape Floral, one of the richest floral regions in the world is no less trilling though animals such as the cape lion, mountain zebra or the leopard are no longer found. The flat top peak of the mountain by itself reaches so close to the sea and the city above 1,086m sea levels. Splendor and speechless views everywhere we turned despite the cold breeze against the vantage point.
Gone too soon the couple of hours, we left with fond memories of Table Mountain as well as Cape Town through our eyes though not the end of the road. We will be flying the next morning to Johannesburg for another travel venture chapter.
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12 comments:

  1. Oh! Look at those wine barrels.. What will I not give to taste a bot of every one of those wine bottles!! ;) (sigh, it's been almost 2 years) And Nava, I love your top, looks perfect. You are right, the sight is splendid!

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  2. You look gorgeous. You have enjoyed every bit of your visit

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  3. What a beautiful place!! Looking forward to reading more!

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  4. Ooo beautiful pics Bollywood style. Agree visiting vineyard is such a lovely experience. Oh I got check Cape town 1 and 2 u always give such unbiased opinions.

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  5. Wow blissful....seems u r having a great time...Cheers!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. I love the way you dress :-) Can you please send me a bottle of wine. Missing it!

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  7. Love all the pictures. Looks like you enjoyed a lot :)

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  8. I loved this place as per what u have mentioned.. lovely pics captured by u :)

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  9. Visiting a wine farm is on my bucket list. I love red wine.

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  10. you look pretty as always and the place is so beautiful

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  11. I went there in 2011...after seeing your beautiful post relishing my days in Capetown

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