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Pip&Judi’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 25 Aug 2005

Location: Franschhoek, Winelands, South Africa

...We were not expecting to add anymore to this diary 2 days ago but have decided after much deliberation to stay on and hopefully see out the rest of the journey. Our thoughts are mainly elsewhere back home for now.

After 5059 km on the road and so much adrenalin from such a rapid journey through southern africa it is nice to slow down and enjoy a few days in Franschhoek, in the heart of the winelands behind Table mountain .We are staying in a gorgeous old Dutch Cape style manor house and have a very luxurious room with heated floors,exposed beams a thatched roof and the MOST comfortable 6ft wide bed we have slept in - better still we have the whole place to ourselves. After 3 weeks in a tent, several nights in nice but overvrowded 11 bed dorms and 1 night in a very grotty room in Cape Town after landing back here it makes a nice change. We can now hoepfully begin to really appreciate some of what we have seen.

We have spent a day wine tasting and eating in what are apparently some of the best restaurants in South Africa - and they are FANTASTIC! ......they just did not have Zebra or Oryx on the menu. Shame.

To date we have had an action packed trip but what it was missing was real interaction with the local people and we just got a taste of that in Zambia when we had to leave. hopefully if we continue right through to Uganda/Rwanda or the Congo we'll get plenty of interaction and experience a bit more of the real Africa.