After leaving the school, the van was rather quiet. Even the boys said they were trying hard to choke back the tears. We had been waiting for a good day where we had the time and good weather to head to Table Mountain. Today seemed to be perfect. Table mountain is an icon of South Africa and is considered one of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders.
On a cloudy day, the clouds will linger low enough to completely hide the mountain. Today the skies were clear and we were able to see some fantastic views of Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope. We road this rotating cable car to the top of the mountain where we spent a few hours hiking around and soaking in the sights.
We took a lot of cool photos from every angle. Each side has a completely different and beautiful view.
To the north, the city of Cape Town.
The west, the ocean for miles and miles.
To the east more mountains.
And the coolest was the south; I could actually see the tip of Africa!
Before heading back down to Cape Town, we split a bottle of wine. South Africa is known for their delicious (and inexpensive) wine.
Oh and have I mentioned the beautiful sunsets?
We had a very exciting dinner planed with those who have helped make this program possible. The principal of the school and his wife as well as our contact at Western Cape University and his wife met us at an authentic African Café. This place was so cool! It was beautifully decorated with colorful fabrics and exotic lighting fixtures. I loved this ceiling that had animals cut outs and lights shining through gave off a very relaxing vibe.
The menu had assorted traditional foods from 10 African countries and was handmade with fresh seasonal vegetables from their home garden and local markets. The servers brought out a sampling of each dish which we were able to taste, then we could order more of those we liked. Each food was unique and full of new flavors. The Mozambican prawns were HUGE! My favorites were the Xhosa Imifino Patties, they were spinach and maize patties that reminded me of something similar to a hash brown patty but WAYYY better. It had a spicy sauce for dipping.
Many places in Cape Town had the same menu items that you could find in the US with a few new items sprinkled in. This place was really neat because we had the opportunity to try new foods that are native to the continent. It has the extra bonus of being able to try lots of things and have the option of ordering more of those we liked instead of ordering one dish and being stuck with something that was a little too weird for our American taste buds.