Our first visit to the African continent started in Cape Town, South Africa. Wanting to see the natural beauty of the area, we spent most of our time in the Cape Winelands and did a day trip to see Cape Town and the surrounding area. We then flew across the country to Kruger National Park, one of the best areas to view wildlife in Africa.
There are numerous things to see and do in and around Cape Town. We woke up early one morning to catch sunrise near the colourful beach huts at St. James beach and then drove to see the African penguins (formerly known as Jackass penguins) at Boulders Beach. Cape Point, the most south-western point of Africa lies in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, just an hour from the city. From there, one of the world's most scenic drives runs north along the coast through Hout Bay and Camps Bay. Our last stop was on Signal Hill to take in views of Cape Town and the city's most prominent landmark, Table Mountain.
The Cape Winelands is a short drive from the city and offers world class wine and restaurants. We enjoyed tastings at some beautiful vineyards around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek and stayed at Babylonstoren, a historic Cape Dutch farm.