Winter in the Cape
Hey guys , just a general tip about the winter season. Well Cape Town`s rainy season is in winter so you just imagine how miserable it is.
It rains all day , very misty in the mornings , there is strong winds that blows and the one thing that I hated most is the fact that the sun takes so long to rise there compare to JNB.
The sun rises after 7am which I hate it because if you live there you go to bed when its dark and you get up to go work went its dark....... Don`t like waking up when its dark.
Tweede Nuwe Jaar
Traditionally the 2nd January has been an unofficial holiday in Cape Town. (no where else in South Africa is "Tweede Nuwe Jaar" celebrated.
With its origin apparently as a holiday for slaves during the early days of the Cape of Good Hope, the tradition continues today and is celebrated by troops of colourful minstrels or "coons" as they were more commonly known.
ROBBEN ISLAND MUSEUM
ROBBEN ISLAND MUSEUM
A little island in the middle of the bay, Robben Island can be seen fron the Table Mountain. Famous for having being the prison of Nelson Mandela for several years, this infamous prison and former leper colony was home to a generation of the senior statesmen of Africa (it was a men's only prison), incarcerated because of their political beliefs. Great views of the city and the Table Mountain.
Tel: (021) 419 1300. Fax: (021) 419 1057. E-mail: email@example.com. <a href=http://www.robben-island.org.za target=_blank
Transport: Ferries from Jetty 1, Quay 5 of the V&A Waterfront. Ferry times: Daily 0900-1400 (winter); 0800-1600 (summer). Admission: R70 (ferry ticket and admission).
The best food ever! From Falafel, Roti's, Briam and home-made soups, to bottled olives, fresh from Anthony's (owner) farm in the Cederberg and local wines and beers.
When you walk in, it feels as though you are walking into an African kitchen. The vibe is fab and as I mentioned, the food is great (the prices too) and the people are super friendly!
Treat yourself! Come as you are. Baggies and slops, suit and tie, fig leaf, they don't mind!
Food, Drinks, Ambiance and Entertainment
Yes, it is touristy and pricy, but worth the time and money! Before the trip ended I wanted to taste authentic food from Africa, because everyone from home asked, “What does the ‘African’ food taste like?”
At the Africa Café you are served from a set menu, which is an African Feast and encouraged to eat as much as you want, meaning you can have as many seconds as you wish! You waitress is dressed in traditional Xhosa attire and leads you through a hand washing ceremony. Next you are brought dishes from 15 or so African countries, which your waitress will explain what they are and where they come from. Our food was very good, interesting and unlike anything we have ever ate before. The food ranged from Springbok Curry to Malawi Mbatata Cheese and Simm Simm Balls (sweet potatoes and cheese rolled in sesame seeds).
Desert, coffee and tea is also served, which was divine. For desert we had some type of pineapple bite (if anyone knows what I am talking about, please email and tell me more about them…I want to find the recipe) which were so sweet!
The restaurant has many rooms that all have a different theme from an African Country. We had dinner in the Egyptian room, which was fun, because that is my next desired country!
Along with dinner, there is entertainment. Our favorite part of the evening is when the waitresses sang, danced and played the drums for us in our ‘eating room’. The music they made and the way they danced was beautiful. If nothing else, this made the entire evening worth whiled.
The menu changes every three months or so and can be viewed on their website. A meal for one person was R150 or $25, not including drinks. Mala Mala – a fresh pineapple and passion fruit drink served with or without alcohol, very fresh and yummy tasting
Mango Chicken - strips of filleted chicken breasts prepared in mango and ginger
Ethiopian Chic Pea Bites - potato and green chili fritters
Rice, Corn and Lentil Salad, served with a fresh dressing
Morocccan Chermoula, with crispy fried fish