Day #13: From East to West

Here’s an update on what I did last week Friday!

Normally I would have a regular day at Fikelela, but as Mike and Patricia had very kindly invited me to their house I wouldn’t be going to Fikelela after all.

The day started off by Ed, Heather and Aiden picking me up at Broadlands at 8:00 in the morning and we were going to go on a little a road trip! Ed knew two people who were starting a cat sanctuary, a place where they rescue various cats that might have been in circuses or are not taken well care of. And I’m not talking about small cute cats here – I mean lions, tigers; BIG cats! Ed wanted to go take some pictures of the place because it was going to be one of the projects that people could volunteer with through his organization Via Volunteers. So off we went!

The thing with driving far distances in Cape Town is that it doesn’t get boring! The scenery along the way is always stunning. And seeing wild animals along the road is not uncommon – and to my joy we saw a couple of baboons 🙂 We also stopped a couple of places to take some pictures, visited a small farm shop and 2 hours later we arrived.

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False Bay

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A small little farm shop along the road

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When we arrive we were literally in the middle of nowhere (you can’t exactly have lions and tigers running around urban areas), but in this middle of nowhere this gorgeous house was located. There weren’t any animals there yet as the sanctuary is still under construction and the animals will be expected to arrive in November.

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Like I said, in the middle of nowhere – but look how great it looks!

There are currently two volunteers who are working at the sanctuary, helping to get the place ready.

On the way back, we stopped at Hermanus, a town famous for people to go whale watching. We saw the tail of whale when we drove past it, but unfortunately there wasn’t a whale to see when we stopped there.

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Beautiful Hermanus

We came back to Broadlands for lunch and Mike and Patricia where joining us. Both of them had volunteered at Broadlands 10 years ago to work with baboons, so they enjoyed seeing Pat again.

I then joined Mike and Patricia and we went to Stellenbosch, a town famous for its wine. It was a very cozy little town.

Mike and Patricia have a house on the West Coast, so the journey carried on towards their house. We stopped at Atlantic Beach, before going to their house. It was so beautiful with the sun going down. We sipped some wine and finished the day off by arriving at their house.

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A popular area for surfers

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Wine and sunsets

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Patricia prepared a lovely dinner and I had a really great time with them. They are such warm-hearted people and I really appreciated them inviting me to stay at theirs.

The plan for Saturday was for us to go to the Old Biscuit Mill, located in Woodstock, outside Cape Town city.

Yet another eventful day filled with great memories and experiences, where I got a chance to see many new places from East to West!

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Literally from East to West 🙂 

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