Starting our South African journey

It was a long haul from Wanaka to Cape Town but we got there, along with our tiny trangia burner that Queenstown airport wanted to confiscate – a far cry from the chainsaw and fuel that Christchurch airport had missed in their scanning procedures a week or two back!

We spent 2 nights in the attractive university town of Stellenbosch sorrounded by vineyards, 40 mins from Cape Town and ventured into Cape Town to take a bus tour to see the city and circumnavigate the spectacular Table Mountain. The large city was far more vibrant than we were expecting.

It is always good to start the pedals spinning and our route out of Stellenbosch was through the stunning mountains that dominate the scenery of the Western Cape.  We traversed affluent wine growing areas, then a horticultural region just finishing the apple and citrus harvest and then into a rural hinterland. The countryside was surprisingly green in places after big rains in January.

These early days were on a mix of paved and good gravel roads, there were cafe lunches and beds to sleep in at night so very civilised. We suspect this will not be the norm going forward..