Arrival in Cape Town – We’ve Made It
Posted by Claire Gillman on May 4, 2014
On the eve of our arrival in Cape Town, we stayed at an amazing farm near Hopefield in the Western Cape. Kersefontein farm is built in the Cape Dutch style and dates from 1770 – Julian Melck the current custodian of this wonderful group of buildings and working farm is the 8th generation of Melck to live here. It was like stepping back in time and the richly decorated rooms and all the antiquities were fascinating (www.kersefontein.co.za). It was a much-appreciated touch of luxury after nearly four months on the road, and an interesting glimpse into historic South Africa.
Next morning, shortly after we left the farm, Table Mountain started to appear through the mist as a vague shape on the horizon. This was about 70km from our final destination – Cape Town. The shape grew bigger and bigger until this vast mountain eventually loomed over us as we entered the vibrant, ocean-bound city. We were following our friend Sue Bevan who had given us a great welcoming reception the night before at Kersefontein, and who is our host and guide while we’re here.
After over 11,000 miles travelling through Africa, we arrived at Cape Town with mixed emotions. We felt an overwhelming sense of achievement tinged with a little sadness that the adventure was coming to an end.
Arrangements for shipping the Old Girl back to England are underway and we have booked our return flights. We’ll be sorry to leave Africa but feel sure we will return.
Inspired by our trip, our great friend Sue is hosting a fund-raising event for the local visually impaired community before we leave, which reminds us….. If you would like to support the invaluable work of Henshaws, please make donations, however small, via our Just Giving page – see link on this website or go directly to www.justgiving.com/noteveryonegetstosee
Thanks for joining us on our travels and sharing our adventures. We will keep you updated about our return, and that of the cruiser. And for those who are interested, we’ll be adding a blog on the mechanical ups and downs of driving a 16year old Landcruiser from the top to the toe of Africa.wo#capetown, #henshaws