Roaming around Constantia and the Cape Peninsula, we are stocking up on beautiful food, delicious scenery and moody, rather wet weather. We’ve randomly gone mushrooming in the Tokai Forest and seen a pod of maybe a hundred dolphins off Simon’s Town. Pictures to come. We ate the best polenta on earth at Kalk Bay’s Olympia Cafe. We had family martinis at The Cellars in Constantia where I opted for my ritual ostrich dish.

The chameleons are paid regular visits and owls have been heard at night. Loud flocks of hadedas tear the clouds open and dozen of guinea fowls are feeding in the fields across the road. Giant rain spiders and praying mantis are fleeing the rain, seeking shelter where they are not wanted. Indoors.

Ostrich tartare at The Cellars – Hohenhort

Everyday, we shop for a few more supplies towards the road trip, fine-tune an itinerary leg, lengthen the packing list and discuss practicalities such as malaria pills and the poaching plague. We’ve tested the Landcruiser on a drive to Cape Point and are ready to hit the road. Over 1900 kilometers each way, crossing the country from bottom left to top right, plus driving in the Kruger. Two legs out, three back. Our last stop on the way home will be the familiar Karoo National Park. See you all on the other side.

A Cape Dutch window in the Steenberg wine estate