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South Africa is a lovely country blessed with indescribable beauty
Photos and paintings present an unforgettable view of this part of the African continent.
Chalets and waterfall, Graskop - Mpumalanga ( Eastern Transvaal)         
Landscape, Mpumalanga ( Eastern Transvaal)

A Tour of Cape Town and scenic surrounding areas

Way down in the southern most tip of Africa, lies one of the most beautiful cities on the planet.  When the sun is shining, it is stunning.  A picturesque city framed by the famous Table Mountain, white sandy beaches and the Pacific Ocean. Over 1000
meters high, Table Mountain towers over beautiful colonial buildings. The waterfront is decorated with brightly painted facades
and the gorgeous coastline is framed by high cliffs making it one of the most magnificent in the world.

Stroll along the V&A waterfront and you can catch street performers singing traditional African music while you sip coffee at
one of the many cafés.   This upscale area is filled with boutiques, cafes, restaurants, theatres and wine bars. Walking around
the shops is a pleasant afternoon and while there, catch the ferry to Robben Island. Home of the infamous prison where Nelson Mandela was detained for the majority of his 29 years behind bars.

The half hour boat ride will make you think of what little hope prisoners must have had as they were taken to isolation. Surroun-
ded by frigid shark infested waters, freedom was within their sights, but escape was impossible. The guides are former inmates who make the experience that much more gripping as they tell personal stories of their time there. These men are true heroes.
It is amazing to hear what they managed to accomplish from behind bars. They planned and schemed and somehow managed
to get messages to their followers which eventually brought an end to Apartheid.

You will see Nelson Mandela's tiny cell in the maximum-security wing, the quarry where he chipped away with crude tools and where the secret meetings took place. How anyone could survive this way for years on end is a testimony to the strength and determination of these brave men.

After spending some time in Cape Town, it is a good idea to rent a car and drive along the coast.  Winding along one of the most scenic drives on the planet, Chapman's Peak is a treat. Featured in many a film and commercial, its enormous cliffs tower over-head as the road carves its way through blasted rock.  Be prepared however, in South Africa, they drive on the left side of the
road.

Head to Simon's Town to see the penguin colony that reside on its beaches.  Simon's Town is a beautiful coastal village where
a seafood lunch is a must. The famous penguins bask in the sun and splash in the water posing perfectly on smooth large rocks
as dozens of tourist snap their camera's.

After a morning exploring the town and penguins drive farther south to the Cape of Good Hope. The Indian and Atlantic oceans
meet here and crash into one another beneath the highest sea cliffs on earth. The view is breathtaking and you can take a ride
up the trolley to the top avoiding a long hike.  The boardwalk twists through the grounds and you can explore the old light house
and keepers house, and you can look out over the ocean with nothing between you and the Antarctic but the sea. It is amazing
to be at this legendary destination truly at the end of a vast continent.

If you only have a short time to visit South Africa, Cape Town and its surrounding area has everything that you could possibly
need.  Safaris, diving, world class vineyards, beaches, shopping and spectacular scenery.  What more does a person need.

By Debra Corbeil
Debra Corbeil is one half of Canada's Adventure Couple. Together with her husband Dave, she has traveled to over 35 countries
on 5 continents. They have taken on extreme adventures from Cycling from Cairo, Egypt to Cape Town, South Africa and Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Every new adventure takes them to remote corners of the world where they paddle, hike, scuba dive and trek their way around the globe.

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