Jamie’s in Africa! Part 5

We arrived in Capetown on Friday, Nov 30, welcomed by a very bumpy landing and howling 100km winds, which are very unusual at this time of year. Thankfully the wind improved by the next day, although it’s still been cooler than normal.

The One and Only hotel in Capetown is perfectly located beside the Aquarium and steps from the Victoria and Alfred waterfront area.  The staff is friendly, the hotel itself is lively and the rooms are enormous and gorgeous! Some of the group even saw Charlize Theron in the lobby. I guess she’s staying here, so I’ll keep my eyes peeled! 🙂

We have done lots of shopping, walking and eating. There are so many choices within an easy walk that it’s hard to pick! It is also nice having time to catch up with everyone in our group before the meetings and real work start! Sounds like everyone enjoyed their safaris and time in Africa as much as we have.

I am constantly surprised by how inexpensive everything is. Our meals for two with drinks have typically been $20-35! A steal!

We went to Robben Island yesterday and were able to go in Nelson Mandelas cell and hear all about the political uprisings of the 1960’s thru the 1990’s when Apartheid ended and the political prisoners were finally released. It was interesting because it’s so recent and I remember when Nelson Mandela was released. The ferry ride is about 20 min each way and the tour was about two hours.

Today Mark is off with another member of our group to see the great whites from a cage in the ocean (eek!), and I am off to the spa for a massage before we all meet up for the cocktail party and official kickoff to the Chairmans Circle tonight.