We bought a city bus hop on hop off 2 day pass – very good value and a great way to see all the sites. A sunset cruise and a trip round the harbour on a boat are both included. We’ll save the sunset cruise until tomorrow.

The blue route goes to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, which are a must see World Heritage site. The area is famous for its fynbos and there were some stunning examples in these very well kept gardens.  

Today’s highlight – sipping a cup of rooiboos tea under the shade of a sun umbrella at the gardens, chatting to the friendly African staff. The jolly waitress with a feather headdress just couldn’t believe I had never tasted rooiboos before! 

Thought for the day – Nelson Mandel’s mantra – “Rise Above” – above apartheid, struggle, bad news, loss – whatever has gone wrong, you can overcome it so long as you have the right mindset.

The atmosphere here is friendly and relaxed – “just now” means at some point in the future (unspecified!)

I don”t think two days is enough in Cape Town – I could spend a week here quite happily.

Glad I packed … walking sandals and a sun hat.

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