Wednesday – August 25, 2010 –
This morning, Jeff and I toured Victoria Falls at our resort one last time and shot some video. Then we grabbed a quick buffet breakfast before catching our taxi to the airport. Our taxi driver told us some crazy stories about security when Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe would land in Livingstone. He said “the old man must go.” We try not to get involved in political conversations overseas, but we agreed with his assessment.
After going through security in Livingston to get the 1time counter, we received our tickets. We were later called back to the counter where we were moved up to the front of the plane. Our flight left on time around noon, and we saw the falls one last time. We arrived at OR Tambo in Joburg around two. From there we used the free wireless to send a few emails after checking our bags to Cape Town and receiving our tickets from SAA Airlink.
After eating burgers at a fast food restaurant called Whimpy in the airport food court, our fight left around 17:00 p.m. We were surprised to receive a full meal on our flight because that was something you don’t receive on a less than two-hour flight in the U.S.! Our gate changed on us at the last minute. We sat next to a nice businessman from Cape Town who gave us some tips on the city, while we prepared him for his bank’s incentive trip to Orlando.
Around 19:10 p.m., we arrived in Cape Town. After taking a taxi to exclusive Camps Bay, we arrived at the amazing Bay Hotel at Camps Bay. It kind of reminded me of Sausalito, California with its beachfront and boutique shops. Normally this hotel would be outside our price range, but this time we could afford it because it was offseason and we were able to book the most reasonable traveler’s room. We went to bed at a reasonable hour because we had to be at the V&A waterfront in the morning at 8:30 for our 9:00 trip to Robben Island!