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South Africa, February 2013

My visit to South Africa was mainly a family visit, but here are some photos of some of the places I visited. I stayed with family in Jeffreys Bay, and in some of the surrounding areas of Cape Town.

This is a photo of the view from my sister's house in Jeffreys Bay. Fantastic view of the beach. Jeffreys Bay is situated not far from Port Elizabeth. Port Elizabeth is about 400km North from Cape Town on the Indian Ocean. Jeffreys Bay has some of the greatest beaches in the world, and many surfing championships are held here because of its great waves.

The photos below are views from my uncle's home in Cape St. Francis. These are typical views of Cape Dutch style houses. About a month before I arrived there had been a freak fire where the grass roofs of some magnificent Cape Dutch homes had caught alight, and then traveled from one roof to the other. Major catastrophe.

My uncle's dog Gigi .... cute!

Some photos from a visit to Blouberg Strand.

Famous Table Mountain of Cape Town in the back ground.

Somerset West where I stayed with family of mine too. These photos are of the gated community where they were staying. Top security.

For Stand again. My sister's cat Paws. I'd say he is the real owner of the house. Awesome cat however.

Some photos of the vineyards in the area. Some beautiful estates around as well.

Photo of some exclusive wines I took at one of the estates. Had wine every single day during my stay with my family. There were days where we had wine from lunch right through to late night. But somehow never got intoxicated.

A day trip to Gordon's Bay. A beautiful beach.

Best lunch ever at this Tavern. Totally recommended for sea food.

5 blog comments below

How was the wine ? Very Happy
dude_xyx on Sat Mar 16, 2013 12:15 pm
I really like that view of that beach in Jefferys bay. It doesn't look like the waves were very big but that kind of depends on the day, right? As for your uncles house, everything is so bright and green! I'm not used to seeing that yet. Your uncle also has a very adorable dog even though it looks rather small.

About the table mountain. Why is it so flat? It looks too perfect to be natural. I feel like there should be more to it then that but it just cuts off.
TheGremlyn on Sat Mar 16, 2013 2:15 pm
@xyx. The wine was awesome! I had wine every day from the moment that I touched down in Jeffreys Bay until my departure from Cape Town. In Jeffreys Bay we only had wine at night, usually before, during and after dinner. In Somerset West we had wine from lunch right through to late at night. Funny thing is that I never got intoxicated, and there were zero after effects. Just accompanied our socials naturally. Think I had a gin and tonic once at a friend's place, who is an expert at making it. Probably the nicest gin and tonic I had in a long LONG time, again because of the nice company.

@TG. You're quite right, it depends on the tide, and the tide was out at that time. When the tide is in, and particularly when there is a spring tide, the waves can be pretty huge. And fun as well.

That is what makes the mountain so unique and why Table Mountain has been selected as one of the official New7Wonders of Nature. What is particularly awesome is in the morning when there is a cloud bank right on top of the mountain. Like so.

There are some great photographs of the mountain - here's a collection if you're interested to check them out.
deanhills on Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:03 pm
Awesome photos once again, Dean! Beautiful places. Paws looked ready to bite your head for the bother. Gigi is so cute.
standready on Sun Mar 17, 2013 5:27 am
Nice Smile
Farmodo on Fri Dec 27, 2013 8:24 am

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