Flight to Cape Town & Trip to Bo-Kaap, South Africa

Good evening from Cape Town,

The time is late and yours truly is tired from a busy day of safari, a charter flight courtesy of Federal Air to Johannesburg and finally a flight with South African Airways to Cape Town. I’ve been in Cape Town less than 3 hours and I already love it. Scratch that, I started loving Cape Town from the time I saw the other people arriving in the luggage claim; this place has a good feel to it.

We took an early morning game drive and saw lots of animals but focused on birds, even got to witness another leopard scaling the side of a ridge looking for prey, didn’t see it close any deals but still was interesting to see it maneuver the cliffs with such grace and ease. Afterward it was off to Singita Sweni Lodge for breakfast. The Sweni Lodge is right next to the Lebombo where we are staying only styled different and meant to accommodate less people. If you had a family outing, this place would be perfect.

Shortly after it was time to say farewell to the dreamland that was our safari adventure at Singita and board a Federal Air charter to Johannesburg. From our location in Kruger National Park to Jo’burg was roughly 2 hours and there we waited to board a South African Airways plane to Cape Town.  Since the airlines is a member of the Star Alliance, gave them my Aeroplan number and collected some points. Supposedly the intercontinental flight from the USA to South Africa alone is 17,000 points. So you know, my one way flight from Bulgaria to Ottawa this summer only cost me 25,000 points. If you aren’t collecting miles for your travels, you are seriously missing out.

Moving on…

Arrived in Cape Town and as described earlier, the place has a vibe to it. We immediately proceeded into the Bo-Kaap area which used to house all the Malay slaves. Cape Town has a very interesting history and is the original site in South Africa where the settlers landed. Suffice to say slaves from Java, Indonesia and the region were brought as workers. They were given an area and when they were freed, given the land. This land has a killer view of Cape Town and is now a sought after area.

We went to a lady who knows the area well and had a traditional meal at her home. The photos of the table are the appetizers. The main course was penang fish curry and these delicious meatballs. She explained the history of the place from what it once was to what it has become. We also discussed district 6 which is famous for the events that transpired in 1967 where countless natives lost their land under apartheid. There are now government programs to compensate the victims but it’s not such an easy task.

Yours truly is exhausted and incredibly thrilled to be in Cape Town.

Tips hat,

P.S: Just received great news from SHABL agents in the USA, something egregious is potentially developing…


  1. kim

    February 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    love the pic over the airplane wing! also being that im terrified of flying, i think i would have had an anxiety attack flying in that little plane! but yes, collecting miles is the way to go! glad you are loving it so far! can’t wait to read more about it!

    • Rob

      February 22, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks Kim and yeah, small planes definitely have a different feel than larger ones. We went through a storm today and landed in hard rain, luckily the captain was a real pro and it was oddly enough one of the smoothest landings I’ve ever felt.

      Collecting miles is definitely the way to go!

    • MikeB

      February 24, 2012 at 8:58 am

      yeah Rob, cool pic sneaked under the nose of the cabin crew… 🙂

      • Rob

        February 24, 2012 at 10:43 am

        Yes!! Great to hear from you and a real slick maneuver, indeed. Glad you remembered the domain, great meeting you and happy surfing my friend.

  2. Dana de Brito

    February 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Looks like a great place to visit – a homemade meal is always the best!

    • Rob

      February 22, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      I know, have been eating like a king but a homemade meal on the other side of the planet was a real bonus. She was really nice and enjoyed my time at her place. Finding the history of Cape Town fascinating, looking forward to the rest of my time here.

  3. Joanne

    February 22, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Your music video is a perfect blend with your post. It is inspiring and perhaps I just need to get up and go!!!!!!

    • Rob

      February 22, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      You do, we live by the motto “you’ll never know unless you go” there is a whole world waiting for everyone and anyone who dares.

  4. The Welsh Wizard

    February 22, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience. South Africa is definitely on my list when i think of traveling.

    • Rob

      February 22, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      Always good to hear from you “The Wiz”, make it happen.

  5. Sir Thomas

    February 23, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Again great posts on the safari, sounded like quite the experience. Also seems like South Africa Kruger park tended to have a better safari experience than your Tanzania one. I wonder if that was just timing? who knows… So back to those kick ass bungelos. What would have been the average per night cost in the one you were staying in? Also are mosquitos not an issue there as they appear to just to be very open? Ok well weekend is coming, so you’ll have to let us know how the night life and music is out there. Keep on keeping on playa. 🙂

    • Rob

      February 23, 2012 at 10:44 am

      Sir Thomas,

      Thanks for swinging by and believe a safari is like fishing, anything can happen. Having a tracker and ranger drastically increases your odds as they are out each day keeping tabs and following the animals around. They also have serious trucks that let you go far off the beaten path.

      Supposedly this is the hardest time of year to see game as the grass is so long, can only imagine. We had plenty of repellent and I didn’t get bitten once, the rooms were encased in thick glass and had state of the art mosquito nets as well.

      Believe the average price per night is $1600 a person.

      Cape Town has a great reputation for nightlife, we’ll see what transpires.

      • Sir Thomas

        February 23, 2012 at 11:04 am

        Hmm yeah good point, like fishing, makes sense.

        Oh i see you going to make me convert to the Rand huh? Cause if it’s really $1600 US dollars a night then ummm, Wow, i guess is all i could say.

        • Rob

          February 23, 2012 at 11:16 am

          Singita Lebombo was out of this world, to simply call it first class would be an insult. That said, most safari lodges with all amenities are pricey as everything is imported and all power is run from generators.

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