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Beach, beach and more beach.  Well we did manage to do a lot in Cape Town but the highlight for the kids was of course, the beach.  We planned to do something in the morning and then head for the beach in the afternoon.  About the sharks, we fortunately did not see any but they are there.  A few of the beaches have shark nets – doesn’t that make you feel safe – it should really.  The kids swam everyday, they love the waves, and Cape Town does have some beautiful beaches.  Be aware that during the Christmas season the beaches are FULL.  Really, really full.  unbelievably full.  We are really not used to that coming from Namibia but we managed.

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After all this beaching we decid to hit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden for a morning.  It is definitely worth the trip.  It is beautiful.  There is a suspended walkway through the trees that is amazing.  There is a restaurant there but I highly recommend packing a picnic lunch and just parking off under a tree for a relaxed meal.

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The following day it rained.  This is great considering the current ongoing drought in Cape Town.  We decid this would be a good day to head down to Cape Town central as it would be more or less empty and quite.  The city itself has changed so much since the last time I was there, over ten years ago.  Unfortunately some of the old Cape Town vibe seems to have disappeared which is quite sad.  It has become very touristy and seems that nearly everything is now catering towards the foreign tourists.

We still enjoy our visit of the city in the rain.  I was really looking forward to stopping off for a coffee and croissant at Giovanni’s.  Giovanni’s was already very popular ten years ago but now you need to fight to get a seat.  The coffee and croissant are still as fantastic as always though.

It is still lightly raining when we leave the city so the beach would not be an option this afternoon.  Instead we decide to squeeze in a trip to the World of Birds.  As a rule, we don’t do zoo or any animal in captivity but I have to admit this place is not done badly.  They have a huge variety of birds as well as various small monkeys.  The highlight for the kids is the trip into the monkey enclosure and the owls.

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As we walk into the monkey area we instantly have two or three monkeys on top of us, as well as one trying to see what I am hiding in my pockets.  This type of interaction is very rare and the kids are enjoying every second of it.

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Ahh, so much to do so little time.  One more thing I definetly want to do was visit a few wine estates.  So we head back to Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl to visit some beautiful wine estates.  We decid on the spur of the moment to stop off at Boschendal Wine Estate first.  There are many reasons but mainly because it is so beautiful.  It is very difficult to just drive by.  The grounds are extensive and you can do wine tasting, walk through their vegetable gardens or just stop off for a bite to eat at their lovely restaurant.  We stop off at the deli and get a crusty baguette- baked on the estate – local cheese and meats ( for my husband) and of course chocolates for the kids.  We then found a lovely spot under a tree and had an early picnic lunch.

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After much relaxing we decide to hit the road and head towards a highly recommended wine estate,  Babylonstoren.  The gardens are so vast and intracately planned out that you can’t help but meander through and get lost in all that beauty.  The variety of fruit and vegetables grown is incredible and the gardens are meticulously manicured.

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The kids quickly spot some homemade fruit ice pops which we quickly devoured in the heat of the sun.  Fantastic.  Another beautiful day in the Cape.

Tomorrow we head back to Namibia.  We will need a good nights rest before our long trip back.