Whether you’re dreaming and filing away travel notes for a someday visit, interested in learning about a new corner of the world, or simply curious about how two Oregonians spent their time, I hope you’ll enjoy our twoOregonians Tour the Cape series featuring quintessential and offbeat South African experiences, one-of-a-kind accommodations and beautiful B&Bs, respectful wildlife programs, social service projects, and landscape photography from the South African Cape.
As always, all opinions, photos, and stories are our own; many thanks to our kind hosts and partners along the way. It was our pleasure to experience such genuine kindness and hospitality!
See this post for the full Tour Introduction.
We visited Table View, the Cape Winelands Region, Garden Route cities of Mossel Bay, George, Wilderness, Sedgefield, and Plettenberg Bay, crossed the border between the Western and Eastern Cape to visit surf-capital Jeffreys Bay, returned for a second visit to Ted’s favorite city, Hermanus, then concluded our South African adventure with a bookend week in Cape Town…
We took (at last count) 4562 photos.
We drove 1960+ kilometers, tested out the public and private bus systems, made friends with taxi drivers, and even paddled a canoe…
We saw wildlife. Though not the way you might think.
We (okay *I*) fell in love with Cape Dutch architecture.
And we made friends we’ll keep for life.
Our posts respectfully submit an array of South African experiences. They run the gamut. Like home, there is poverty in this country; there is generosity, too. There is luxury. There is bare nature. There are places for visitors to indulge and places for visitors to connect. There is invitation to mourn alongside a culture still rising from despicably low decades of Apartheid and invitation to celebrate alongside “a rainbow nation” rich with language, song, dance, craft, and tradition.
I want to introduce you to these places and more. To perhaps give you a broader picture than the “Africa” that pops to mind.
So, come along for the ride. Learn alongside us. Enjoy the adventure of a lifetime and see South Africa through our eyes…
Ready to come along for the ride?
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