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Table Mountain & Wine District

Brad & I were dropped off at the cable car to go up to Table Mountain by Mark, as we decided to keep the hire car a 2nd day. Passed many lovely old homes with Dutch architecture on hethe way up there.

The views from where the cable car leaves from were already fantastic & it was hard to believe how much better they would get. Tickets cost 160 Rand each ( $25 Aus). It is only a couple of minutes ride & has been running for 80 years. It can carry 65 people & is round with a rotating floor to give you views from every angle. It was wow at every turn & just got better.

Up the top are walking paths to get views over both sides. It is seriously stunning scenery!!! There are these cute badger like animals called Dassie which are somehow related to elephants!!!! Weird... I know

Mark & leigh picked us up & we headed out of town past so many poor townships, where there must be thousands of corrugated iron huts, where people live in appalling conditions.

We drove through the beautiful winelands district to Stellenbosch & then on to Franschoek. It was in a lovely valley between the Drakenstein mountains - more high jagged mountains. Franschoek was a pretty historical village built by French immigrants in the 1680's who established the vineyards.

After wandering the main street we went to a winery for lunch. The estate was stunning & built in 1694 & called Grand Provence Estate. It had white buildings & the most massive tree in the courtyard. The restaurant was very fancy & looked on to a courtyard with an outside fireplace & small inside one as well.

Lunch was 3 courses for 300 rand ( $45 Aus). The food was gourmet & absolutely amazing. I started with Duck & Lobster ( the best!!), then springbok & a lemon brulee.

Next, on to Spier Wine Estate to view the cheetahs & pat one if you dare!!! I dared as they looked like VERY big cuddly pussy cats until I watched one get all antsy & they had to shoo the people out!!! You went in as a group of 4 & all got to pat it, but could not walk in front of him or have anything dangling as like all cats they like to play. Cheetahs can run from 0 - 80km an hour in 3 seconds!!!!

I waited awhile while the other groups went through & this 1 year old male just kept getting restless & jumping up. They would get it to play & run around chasing a toy until it was ready to lie down again.

Just as we were about to go in they made the call to leave him alone for a while & send us to pat an 8 year old male. He was just gorgeous & had his head on the trainers knee & with his eyes closed & purring soooo loud!!! We had to pat on his back not his tummy ( hates that like all cats!!) with a flat hand & no tickling type movements, only down on 1 knee in case we had to jump back quickly.

All went very smoothly with no sudden moves on his behalf so was pretty cool!!!

Back home & into a nice hot bath.. no dinner required as we had such a big lunch. Another perfect day!

Cable car ride

Cable car ride


View from the  top

View from the top


Views

Views


City & waterfront

City & waterfront


Brad trying to call Hayley

Brad trying to call Hayley


A Dassie

A Dassie


Wildflowers & views

Wildflowers & views


Wind warning

Wind warning


More views

More views


Lions Head & Signal Hill

Lions Head & Signal Hill


Soccer stadium

Soccer stadium


View to Devils Peak

View to Devils Peak


View to waterfront

View to waterfront


Drakenstein Mountains

Drakenstein Mountains


Drakensteins

Drakensteins


Franschoek  shops

Franschoek shops


Old Franschoek church

Old Franschoek church


Lavender

Lavender


Vineyard

Vineyard


Lunch Vineyard entrance

Lunch Vineyard entrance


Beautiful buildings - 1694

Beautiful buildings - 1694


Outside courtyard fireplace

Outside courtyard fireplace


Massive courtyard tree

Massive courtyard tree


View from restaurant windows

View from restaurant windows


Brads lunch

Brads lunch


My duck & lobster

My duck & lobster


Enjoying fine dining!!

Enjoying fine dining!!


The restaurant

The restaurant


Spier estate - bird nests in a wlilow tree

Spier estate - bird nests in a wlilow tree


Yellow birds that live in them

Yellow birds that live in them


Cheetah

Cheetah


Feeding the cheetah

Feeding the cheetah


Patting te cheetah

Patting te cheetah


Sleeping on the trainers knee

Sleeping on the trainers knee


Happy & purring

Happy & purring


Poor townships

Poor townships


View from  our hotel at the waterfront

View from our hotel at the waterfront


View the other way

View the other way

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in South Africa

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