When I left the story of our South Africa adventures, we were heading towards Hermanus, the centre of whale watching territory. The whales migrate in October and November, so we had missed them by a good couple of months, but we still encouraged them to keep an eye out for them whenever the road wound close to the water. That certainly was a good way to keep them occupied during the journey.
Hermanus is a stunning place. Just look at that view. This was taken from a brilliant little playground by the cliff edge and close to Burgundy, a restaurant where we ate lunch that first day. I can highly recommend the seafood platter.
We were staying at Blue Gum Country Estate for the next few nights and we had such a great time. We ate dinner there for three of our four nights and had the family part of the restaurant to ourselves. This area, which doubled as the breakfast room, opened onto the garden, so the boys were able to bounce on the trampoline, play in the sandpit and generally run and around and tire themselves out before bed while we got to eat at a more leisurely pace. I love places that plan their space well like this. We were able to have an enjoyable time without worrying about other diners, and the other diners certainly were!
Husband decided that he was keen to go shark diving one of the days (eek!), so he booked a trip out from Van Dyksbaai on a boat.
Meanwhile the boys and I visited Danger Point Lighthouse (and climbed the top – no mean feat with two active boys and an incredibly spiral staircase, I can tell you) and hung out at Pearly Beach, spotting jellyfish in the rock pools.
We spent an afternoon pottering around antique shops – as best we could with the boys – in Stanford. The town is quite small but beautifully kept, with a handful of really good cafes, particularly Don Gelato ice cream parlour. If you’re in the Western Cape and spot a Don Gelato, try out the zebra ice cream. Well, actually, try out any of their gelato – it’s all amazingly good.
We also returned to Hermanus for a day of haircuts and fabulous food. If you go, make sure to stop by La Peltola. From the outside it doesn’t look like much but the food was amazing and staff were brilliant.
And here’s the diva again, showing off his sunglasses…
We really enjoyed our time around Hermanus and the Overberg. In total we were there for four days and managed to find fun adventures each day.
And so, all that is left of our South Africa adventures to share with you now is our time in Cape Town. So until the next time…