A Southern Girl in South Africa

A Southern Girl in South Africa

The Chronicles of a Southern Girl's Adventures of Living, Loving, Learning, and Traveling in Africa

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Part III: Ringing in 2012 in Cape Town!

April 9, 2012

View of Cape Town from Signal Hill

This is the 3rd (and final…I promise) installment of my pictures and videos from my trip to Cape Town!  Make sure you check out Ringing in 2012 in Cape Town Part I (http://wp.me/p21RUs-7m) and Part II (http://wp.me/p21RUs-9x)!

Bo-Kaap Malay area, District 6 Museum, Khayelitsha township and Signal Hill

Fung Daddy and I had the pleasure of visiting some great sites while we were in Cape Town.  Check out the brief descriptions of each site below before you check out the slide show.

Bo-Kaap – The original residents of Bo-Kaap were slaves who were imported to the Cape by the Dutch during the 16th and 17th centuries.  The slaves were brought from Africa, Indonesia, Java Malaysia, and elsewhere in Asia.  They were known as “Cape Malays”, which is a misnomer since most of its residents are not entirely of Malaysian descent.  The slaves were not allowed to wear color or paint their houses; however, as soon as they were freed they painted their houses very bright colors.  Check out the video for pics of the houses!

District 6 and Museum – District 6 was a mixed community of freed slaves, merchants, artisans and other laborers until it was declared a white area and 60,ooo people were forcibly removed.  Their houses were flattened and they were displaced to an area called Cape Flats.  The museum commemorates the history of the community up until and after the forced removal.  Visiting District 6 reminded me of the segregation that existed in Alabama when my parents were growing up.  I can’t imagine the impact signs like “For Whites Only” would have on the self-esteem and mindset of a young person.  It’s just unbelievable that people looked down on people merely on the basis of the color of their skin.  It’s sad that this is still happening in our world today.

Khayelitsha township – a well known coloured township in Cape Town.  Yes I said “coloured.”  This is the name used to describe the group of people of mixed race (black South African mixed with some other race).

Signal Hill – a high peak in Cape Town from which you can see Robben Island (Nelson Mandela was imprisoned on this island for 27 years).

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Part II: Ringing in 2012 in Cape Town!

March 22, 2012

Ok, so I lied.  I thought I could cover the rest of our Cape Town trip in this entry but I can’t.  It’s too much good stuff to slam into one entry but I promise to finish up the trip in Part III.  Before you start reading this entry, make sure you check out Part I: Ringing in 2012 in Cape Town! by clicking on this link (http://wp.me/p21RUs-7m).  You can read the background on Cape Town and what we did during the 1st part of our visit.

Wine Estate tours

I’m sure when people think of wine, they don’t think of South Africa.  I know I didn’t.  Fungayi and I aren’t big wine drinkers but if you go to Cape Town, you have to visit wine country in nearby Stellenbosh or Franshoek.  We chose 2 estates – Delaire Graff and Zevenwacht in Stellenbosh and both were absolutely beautiful.  Now, I’m not an outdoorsy type of chick. Contrary to what people may assume since I’m Southern, I do not enjoy the woods, bugs, or sweating.  Sidenote: Have you noticed in alot of movies set in the South, the people are always sweating profusely?  We do have air conditioning in the south and I am a big fan of it.  But I digress…

The landscape in both of these settings was so picturesque that I had to share as many beautiful moments as I could without going completely overboard.

Just a little info on winemaking in South Africa:  South Africa is Southern Africa’s primary wine market and it’s also the continent’s leader in terms of notoriety and volume. Over 100,000 hectares of land are used for wine production. South Africa produces 3.4% of the world’s wine and serves as the 8th largest wine producing country in the world (source: http://www.heritagelinkbrands.com).

Delaire Graff Wine Estate

Pictures from Zevenwacht Winery and Delaire Graff Wine Estate

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Part I: Ringing in 2012 in Cape Town!

March 10, 2012 4 Comments

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know it’s March and I’m just now posting about what happened in January but being an unemployed housewife is alot more time consuming than I originally thought.  🙂

After about 10 trips to Johannesburg I finally made my way down to Cape Town and it did not disappoint.  Cape Town is absolutely stunning!  Fungayi surprised me with the trip right after we got back from Seychelles (I’m definitely going to keep him).  Cape Town reminds me of a combination of a small European town, San Francisco with its hilly terrain and Miami with its beautiful beaches and palm trees.  Cape Town is definitely the premiere vacation spot for Sub-Saharan Africa around this time of the year (every black person from Sub-Saharan Africa was there.  It was crazy).  For those that may not have realized it, since South Africa is in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are the opposite of the United States so it’s summer time here right now.

In terms of how Cape Town is different than Johannesburg, Cape Town is alot less diverse (that’s code for not many black people live there) than Johannesburg in terms of the the people that reside there.  Cape Town’s weather is very unpredictable (rainy/cold/foggy one minute and sunshiney & hot the next) and it’s much more laid back than Johannesburg (think Los Angeles vs. New York).  Apartheid existed all over South Africa and Cape Town was no exception.  We visited a few of the key sites that were made famous during the apartheid era.

Fungayi and I did most of the “touristy” things that folks do when they go to Cape Town

1) ride up the cable car to Table Mountain

2) visit V&A Waterfront

3) double decker bus tour of the city

4) hang out at Camps Bay (the main beach) and Signal Hill (another high point in Cape Town)

5) visit to Khayelitsha township

6) winery tour in Stellenbosch (the Napa Valley of Cape Town)

Unfortunately there were a few things that we did not get to do – visit Robben Island Museum (the prison where Nelson Mandela was held for 27 years) and Whale Watching in Hermanus (this is really only in season from July to September and we were there in January).  Robben Island was booked since everyone in Sub-Saharan Africa was in Cape Town for the holidays so book well in advance if you ever decide to visit Cape Town.  These two sites are definitely on my list of places to see and I’ll write about them when I do.

Much like Seychelles, I have soooo many pictures and videos that I want to share with you all that I’m going to break this up into 2 posts.  I’ll cover the first 4 items (Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront, Pics from double decker bus ride, and Camps Bay) above in this post and the last 2 items in the next post.

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Enjoy!

Part 2: “Beaches in Africa? I haven’t really heard anyone talk about those…”

January 22, 2012

My last blog entry “Beaches in Africa?” was meant to expose folks to the beauty of Africa’s beaches.  Now I want to share a few  of the other fun things we did and saw while we were in Praslin, Seychelles.  I’ve also mixed in some amazing scenery shots that I took as we were driving through Praslin.  I love seeing and sharing pictures that look like postcards.

A big part of any culture(s) is the music.  As an added bonus, the slide show is set to the music of a very popular African (Senegalease to be exact) singer/songwriter named Youssou N’Dour and the song is called “Africa Calling.”  The song is on a compilation CD that was made to benefit Intrahealth International (www.intrahealth.org), a global organization that partners with governments, NGOs, the private sector, and other organizations to foster policies that empower health workers to better serve communities in need.   Enjoy!

“Beaches in Africa? I haven’t really heard anyone talk about those…”

January 11, 2012 4 Comments

The title of this blog entry is what my brother said to me when I told him that Fungayi and I were heading to the Seychelles for our belated honeymoon/Christmas holiday.  And that’s precisely why I’m doing this blog! 🙂

The Seychelles is a country consisting of a group of islands in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa.  The population is approximately 85,000.  The main island is Mahe but Fungayi and I chose to stay on the smaller island of Praslin which has a population of approximately 6,500. Madagascar is a neighbor of the Seychelles for those of you that love the animated movies.  Most people speak French but many people also speak Creole and English as well.

Have you ever been to a place that was so beautiful that every where you looked and every picture you took was beautiful?  I’ve had the privilege of going to three places like that: St. John’s, a cruise I took in Turkey, and Praslin, Seychelles.  It was so peaceful and gorgeous!  I’ll go on and on so I’ll let the 3 short videos below speak for themselves.  I have alot of pictures and video footage from our vacation so I’m going to break it up into a few blog entries so enjoy and stay tuned…

First Day at Paradise Sun Hotel in Praslin, Seychelles:

Anse Lazio – the most famous (and some say the most beautiful) beach in Praslin

Zimbabwe – the highest point in the Seychelles

Fun Times in Jo’burg Rush Hour Traffic

December 6, 2011 2 Comments

From time to time, my husband Fungayi will make a guest appearance on my blog.  This is us being our usual silly selves passing the time in traffic.

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