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 Africa86 votes
76.11%
 South America3 votes
2.65%
 Europe3 votes
2.65%
 Eastern Asia5 votes
4.42%
 Carribean9 votes
7.96%
 Safeway5 votes
4.42%
 Australia2 votes
1.77%
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"I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude." -- Henry David Thoreau

179--South Africa: Road Trip to Cape Town
@ CherieSpotting     Jan 31 2004 - 16:00 PST
cherie writes: There is something about a road trip that always brings a smile to my face.
Now every year my friends and I have decided to explore a new country together. This year it was South Africa. Renee, Carter, Kristi and I came from Virginia Beach, Zurich, Washington DC and Los Angeles. We united in Johannesburg where we met a South African youth-hostel owner named Dom.

Dom was telling me about how he wanted to market the other hostels in South Africa when I had an idea.

“Would you consider driving us ladies around your country for a few weeks?” I asked Dom. “You can market all the hostels and we can see all the sights. If you drive, we can pay for all the gas.”

Dom was as excited about the idea as we were! We ended up having our own personal driver and tour guide! A few days later we stuffed our luggage into Dom’s Volksiebus and we were off on an African adventure.

Yes is such a powerful word. Dom’s “yes” bought him two weeks worth of free American advice (given in stereo from four ladies at the same time!) We used every ounce of that mini-bus time wisely discussing everything from love and sex to money and politics. How else could we solve all the world’s problems in less than two weeks?

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Four ladies (Cherie, Renee, Carter and Kristi) head to Stellenbosch to taste South Africa's finest wines. *Photo by Dom

Four ladies (Cherie, Renee, Carter and Kristi) head to Stellenbosch to taste South Africa's finest wines. *Photo by Dom

Carter in a beaded South African flag tie.

Carter in a beaded South African flag tie.

Zulu beaded dolls.

Zulu beaded dolls.

Roadside seamstress.

Roadside seamstress.

The ladies take a little trip!

The ladies take a little trip!

Tractor-trolley?

Tractor-trolley?

Time for the gang to try some South African wine!

Time for the gang to try some South African wine!

Dom, our new friend, drove us around South Africa for two weeks.  Our hostel in Stellenbosch was walking distance from the wineries, so Dom just kept pouring!

Dom, our new friend, drove us around South Africa for two weeks. Our hostel in Stellenbosch was walking distance from the wineries, so Dom just kept pouring!

Carter, Kristi, Renee and Cherie--four ladies who say women in their thirties still aren't too old to "road trip!"

Carter, Kristi, Renee and Cherie--four ladies who say women in their thirties still aren't too old to "road trip!"

After a few glasses of wine, Kristi takes "smelling the flowers" to the next level.

After a few glasses of wine, Kristi takes "smelling the flowers" to the next level.

Kristi and Carter went to college together.

Kristi and Carter went to college together.

The whole gang--Cherie, Carter, Kristi, Renee and Dom at the Stellenbosch Wine Festival.

The whole gang--Cherie, Carter, Kristi, Renee and Dom at the Stellenbosch Wine Festival.

The ladies reach Cape Point!

The ladies reach Cape Point!

Here we are with the lighthouse.

Here we are with the lighthouse.

Beware of the baboons! *Photo by Kristi

Beware of the baboons! *Photo by Kristi

Excuse me, is that a baboon on the truck? *Photo by Kristi

Excuse me, is that a baboon on the truck? *Photo by Kristi

I hope they didn't have to tip him for watching the car. *Photo by Kristi

I hope they didn't have to tip him for watching the car. *Photo by Kristi

It's hard to argue with that view.

It's hard to argue with that view.

Where are we again?

Where are we again?

Oh yeah...we're at Cape Point.

Oh yeah...we're at Cape Point.

Kristi will be a bride in May 2004.  Here she poses with a Zulu bridal doll.

Kristi will be a bride in May 2004. Here she poses with a Zulu bridal doll.

That's an interesting veil.

That's an interesting veil.

Carter is twisted.  Or is it the gun?

Carter is twisted. Or is it the gun?

The clock tower in Cape Town.

The clock tower in Cape Town.

Carter is a long way from Zurich.

Carter is a long way from Zurich.

African dolls.

African dolls.

No roller-blading and no guns!  And whatever you do...NO HELMETS!

No roller-blading and no guns! And whatever you do...NO HELMETS!

Cape Town.

Cape Town.

Always take the route near the water on a road trip.

Always take the route near the water on a road trip.

The earth blushes at sunset.

The earth blushes at sunset.

Hey...I've never done that before!

Hey...I've never done that before!

Happy girls.

Happy girls.

Dom fixes a flat on the Volksiebus we drove around in. *Photo by Kristi

Dom fixes a flat on the Volksiebus we drove around in. *Photo by Kristi

The latest technology on how to forecast weather! *Photo by Kristi

The latest technology on how to forecast weather! *Photo by Kristi

South Africa is full of funny signs. *Photo by Kristi

South Africa is full of funny signs. *Photo by Kristi

On the way to Knysna.

On the way to Knysna.

Not a bad view for a leg-stretch break. *Photo by Dom.

Not a bad view for a leg-stretch break. *Photo by Dom.

We arrive in Knysna just in time for sunset.  There's nothing like exploring a city in the dark after a long drive!

We arrive in Knysna just in time for sunset. There's nothing like exploring a city in the dark after a long drive!

Carter and Dom relax...sometimes you have to let the morning sink into you.

Carter and Dom relax...sometimes you have to let the morning sink into you.

Kristi says: "Not a bad place to take a nap!"

Kristi says: "Not a bad place to take a nap!"

Our new South African friend named Chris, offers to cook the weary travelers breakfast.

Our new South African friend named Chris, offers to cook the weary travelers breakfast.

A cliff with a view.

A cliff with a view.

There's the Atlantic Ocean!

There's the Atlantic Ocean!

Who doesn't like a day at the beach?

Who doesn't like a day at the beach?

Cherie by the Knysna lagoon. *Photo by Kristi

Cherie by the Knysna lagoon. *Photo by Kristi

In Knysna we met new friends the old fashioned way--at a bar!

In Knysna we met new friends the old fashioned way--at a bar!

To show us a bit of South African hospitality, our two new friends gave us a tour for the day!

To show us a bit of South African hospitality, our two new friends gave us a tour for the day!

Kristi should have been more careful on the hike.

Kristi should have been more careful on the hike.

When does walking around become hiking?

When does walking around become hiking?

Time to take a break and play!

Time to take a break and play!

Kristi is having fun!

Kristi is having fun!

You are never to old to swing.

You are never to old to swing.

Carter and Renee.

Carter and Renee.

The best place to have "down time" is in a hammock.

The best place to have "down time" is in a hammock.