We always wanted to go to Africa, and when our english friends suggested Cape Town we agreed in a second! Itinerary was very interesting even only reading it. A guarantee for a good adventure was our guide Pieter Germishuys. A 10 days trip included City tour (we were there 4 days), with lot of interesting history stories, Cape peninsula, Cape winelands, New Years celebration in Long Street and dance with masses, Waterfront experience and Table Mountain, fine food in nice restaurants and lot of excellent wine for very good price.What definitely remains in memory are peninsula beaches with thousands of black people and the contrast between white sand their dark bodies. Amazing! 6 DAY GARDEN ROUTE SAFARI + Camping included Schotia Safari’s and Addo Elephant Park,ostrich farm in Oudtshoon, stunning Cango caves, Tsitsikamma National Park, Sundowner Cruise in Knysna, million dollar houses on cliffs, Mossel Bay with Diaz Museum. We saw a heart stopping 216 meter Bungy Jumping on Bloukrans Bridge. After all I have to mention our 3-hour experience from Jo'burg Downtown. Since me and my wife flew back home from Jo'burg we had whole day free. We were strongly advised to stick within the business centre, but it was so boring so we decided to try visiting downtown. A man on a street also said it was not safe to go there but finally showed us how to catch a transport to our destination: stand on a sidewalk, rise your point finger, the cab with no signs stops, you pay only 10 rands per person and you don't have to worry when to get off: final stop is your destination. Only black people use this kind of transport, but we didn't feel uncomfortable not a single second, everybody were very kind although wondering a bit seeing two of us whites. Final station is like a beehive: life on a streets, trading, haircutting,alternative healing, music all around, shouting, car horns, empty buildings, tones of garbage, people sleeping on a grass, hundreds of surprised looks towards us, lot of those not so friendly. A girl in a cab warned us to keep on a main square, not to go to back streets.On a square a policeman saw us and with friendly smile asked us what on earth we were doing there! I said we'd like to move around a little bit, do some photos, etc.He couldn't believe his ears and said: "Please, take the cab and go back, I don't want somebody robs you!"
After we insisted, he told me to put the camera in a back bag, called two young guys standing in a back and told them to make sure nothing happens to us and to walk us through the streets. They were a policemen in a civil uniform with a police sign on the shirts. Chris and Handsome (cool name) literally took care of us: they were our bodyguards, following us to the toilet, watching my back when I was on a cash machine, one was always walking in front and the other behind us, when I made a mistake and tried to photograph with my iPhone a group of young men obviously smoking pot and drinking alcohol in a park, and when 5-6 of them stood up and headed towards us shouting, Chris and Handsome stood in front of me and my wife and told them to go away showing their badges-well, that was very efficient! Even though our guardians couldn't understand the reason of our visit, trying all the time to show us shopping malls and some modern things, we could feel at the end they appreciated our interest to real life in this dangerous town. We saw only one white person and we all were surprised and laughing! We were very happy after this experience, and for us it was even better than a safari :-)
We strongly recommend visiting Jo'burg downtown for everybody looking for some adrenaline!
We will definitely go back and organize something else with Pieter Germishuys, it's worth every cent!
Natasha & Zeljko, Croatia
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