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28 June 2017
Overnight there was heavy rain. I could hear the rain against the window and thought the chances of a lovely day to visit the gardens weren't good but the weather cleared to a cool sunny/overcast day.
We started the day with a security escort to the bank. No we weren’t taking out huge amounts of money – Jude asked the hotel reception guy about the location of a bank and he insisted that one of the staff escort us to the bank and back. I had already taken some money out of an ATM without any problems, and Cape Town feels quite safe during the day.
Our personal security man also escorted us to catch the hop-on-hop-off bus and promised to walk us to the NOMAD office to start out tour tomorrow morning. We caught the bus just after 9.00am and got off at the Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens. We did the guided tour through the gardens because it was just about to start when we entered. Then we wandered through the gardens and had lunch … ended up spending around five hours there! The gardens are at the base of Table Mountain, they are massive and really beautiful. We were lucky enough to find a couple of King Proteas in flower and even more lucky to spot an owl that was well camouflaged in the tree branches.
We just missed a bus and had to wait over half an hour for the next one. The ride back was very slow as it went the long way to Cape Town – it followed the coast and we passed many beautiful beaches. Just as well we didn’t want to hop off at any other attractions because the service was finished for the day by the time we got off at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (Cape Town harbour tourist area). We wandered the area and looked in a few shops before catching a taxi back to the hotel around 7.00pm. Another full day in Cape Town.