Africa Journal Day 5

Bret and I were picked up early by Ian for a trip to Robben Island and city tour of Capetown. Once our ferry landed on the island a shuttle bus drove us around and educated us on the history of the prison, apartheid and Nelson Mandela. Mandela and aparteid are such a big part of South Africa and its history. Our tour of the prison was led by a former political prisoner who served with Mandela. It was a very sobering tour and hard to believe that this all happened not long ago.

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Ian met us at the ferry to start our Capetown tour, starting with the Capetown Diamond Museum. After I was done playing dress up, Ian took us to the Castle of Good Hope. It was a pentagon shaped fortress made by the Dutch East Indiana company and is currently the oldest colonial building in South Africa. It is currently located in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Capetown. Back in the day the Castle of Good Hope was a sight for sore eyes for sailors that had been traveling the seas for months causing them to refer to Capetown as the “Tavern of the Seas”. Highlight of the Castle for Bret was when Ian lured us into the Tourture Chamber and he shut the door and turned off the lights. He scared the crap out of me and Bret captured it on film.

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We then decided to give Table Mountain a shot. The fog dictates if the lift is working and the fog has been bad all week but Ian offered to take up there just in case. Sadly, it was closed so we hung around the base of the mountain for a while and then headed to Signal Hill. We got a great ariel view of the Soccer Stadium they built for the last World Cup, Robben Island and Lions Head. Unfortunately, we also were also on high alert for Puff Adders so I had a hard time taking my eyes off the grass.

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Today was the day we say goodbye to our new friend Ian. He was such a wonderful tour guide and provided us with they best experience of Capetown and the Cape Peninsula. We miss him already.

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