Scott Balson's trip to South Africa -
17th September 2006 - Cape Town

Perth : Johannesburg : Pretoria : Pietersburg : Pilgrim's Rest : Ladysmith : Champagne Castle : Estcourt : Durban : Ixopo
Kokstad : Port Elizabeth : Plettenburg Bay : Cape Town : Victoria West : Griquatown : Mafikeng : Johannesburg : Perth

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17th September - 18th September

It was another perfect day for traveling when I left Plettenburg Bay at 10am taking the N2 to Cape Town. Although parts of the journey were briefly interrupted by road works, all in all I made very good time and was in Cape Town by about 4pm. Just seventy km out of Cape Town I climbed the famous St Lowry's Pass and spent some time photographing a para glider circling above.

Coming into Cape Town was uneventful but the frightful state of the squatter camps that lined the road as you approach were a poignant reminder of the extreme poverty of millions of coloureds who live in this part of South Africa.

Views from Ocean Watch

Guest House

The beautifully designed home

Perilous shanties

Knysna

Road works on the

Garden Route

Repairs after slippage caused

by heavy rains

More shanties

Beautiful farmlands

Ostrich

Caledon - about 110km

from Cape Town

Views from the top of Sir Lowry's Pass

Entering Cape Town

Backside of Table Mountain

Arriving in the city

After settling in at the Park Inn I went for a walk around the historic gardens which were just a five minute walk away.

View from my room

Jan Smuts at the Gardens

Historic Church

Squirrels are everywhere.. !!

The slave bell

The President's home in Cape Town

Views from the gardens

Parliament in Cape Town

An old Church

The Park Inn - where I stayed

Carla and I enjoying dinner

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