The wifi and connection issues persisted, and we have made our way home, but wanted to summarize the last few days - in a word: AWESOME!!!
We made it back from the Garden Route on Sunday, and settled into our Cape Town 'home' - Wanderlust Backpackers, for a few days more of exploration. Monday we took advantage of a clear morning for a spectacular hike up the iconic Table Mountain - boy was it worth the (enormous) effort! Spectacular views of the greater cape abounded, and once Mrs. Foster caught up, we took team photos before taking the gondola down to our buses. Some chose to stay in town and explore some more, and some returned back for a siesta before we went out on the town, to the 'House of H' for some great food in a fun and active atmosphere.
Tuesday was an optional pre-dawn hike up Lion's Head, rising above the clouds for more awesome views - and we split about 50:50 with those who chose to sleep in! We met the hikers downtown for a boat ride to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent the greater portion of his adult life. A whale joined us alongside the catamaran voyage out for even more fun! The island tour was led in the first person by an actual former prisoner, as was the District 6 Museum, giving a voice of authenticity to the experience. We then had a few hours on the Cape Town waterfront, with loads of shops and people-watching, for our last night in South Africa.
Wednesday a few went back into the markets for some last-minute shopping, while the rest of us packed up and wandered our neighborhood for the last time. We were brought to the airport with plenty of time to go in our many different directions - 5 different countries were represented in our group - and all found their way home safely. The trip was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all of us - opening our eyes to the world in a way we couldn't have imagined before we left. Here is a beautiful slideshow, the final project of two 2 of our winter project team members, Ryan Devanny '18 and Peter Claro '21, which is truly representative of the experience!
Thanks for patiently watching our trip from afar, hope it was as worthwhile for you as it was for all of us! Here is a link to the ever-growing shared photo drive - enjoy!
We spent the day at the Garden Route Game Lodge, where we saw lions, cheetahs, giraffes, elephants, rhinos, and others. Afterwards we got some fantastic lunch at the lodge's restaurant. We then got in the vans and drove to Diesel and Creme Motel, a vintage restaurant and motel influenced by Mexican bars. Marveling at the vintage decor we had some of the best milkshakes we have ever drank. After we were done savoring our milkshakes we got right back into the vans and journeyed for another three hours back to Cape Town. We finished our day with some great shepherd's pie and visited some local cafes around town before heading to bed for our morning hike. PHOTOS: here!
Spent a marvelous day at the 2 animal sanctuaries, followed by a pizza FEAST in a gorgeous seaside restaurant. Headed off to the absolutely most beautiful hike EVER - we just keep saying we are living in a postcard! We were rewarded after the hike with an all-American braai - burgers, fries and even apple pie with ice cream and custard - our hosts have thought of everything!
Off this morning to a safari on our way back to Cape Town, where we'll dine in town before heading back to our original lodging for 3 more days. Every day has been more spectacular than the last, looking forward to what's to come!
Photos being added to the Google Shared Folder HERE
Today we are going to the famous Primate Sanctuary, "Monkey Land', then the Big Cats Sanctuary Jukani. Then a swim in the Plettenberg Bay, lunch at Enrico's pizza and a hike on Robberg Peninsula followed by a sunset braai (barbeque) on the cliffs - stay tuned for more spectacular photos here!
After a 3:15 am and 5:15 am wake-ups, the group was able to sleep in this morning until 7:30! We visited nearby Kurland Township where we were split into two groups to help the community - both were assigned playgrounds to repaint in their schools. Following our work there, we joined the township youth in games of soccer, frisbee, rugby and catch. Word spread of our visit, and over 150 local township children came out to join the festivities, capped off with a hot-dog bonanza. Rewarding the boys with another swim in the Indian Ocean, we are tucking in early at our Rocky Road getaway. Check HERE for photos.
What an incredible adventure this has been so far! Enjoy these photos of our travels and stay tuned for more...
Loooooong day of travel, but we’ve made it safe and sound. Enjoying a walk around town before our welcome braai, or barbecue And an early bedtime! Will post photos soon, off to the Cape of Good Hope tomorrow.
The South Africa travelers leave tomorrow (Sunday, March 4) to embark on a nine-day adventure! Be sure to follow our blog to keep up with our sightseeing, exploration, and service-learning. Click on our itinerary below to follow along, and be sure to check back here often - we can't wait to share our experiences!
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