Carolina to South Africa | Part 4 – Camp’s Bay
How We Enjoyed a Month in South Africa with Our 3 Year Old
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It was heaven waking up from our long flight in Camp’s Bay. It seemed unreal.
Poppy had her own room with a double bed at Camp’s Bay Resort and we had a room, kitchen, bathroom and living room. We were there for 5 nights. It was perfect, there was a park right in front of our hotel complete with a fabulous jungle gym. They had the most interesting swings made out of tires, complete with a back and arm rests, a see-saw and the best climbing trees and rocks a 3 year old could ask for! It was also right off the main road which meant we were walking distance to the most amazing and affordable restaurants! All of them had beautiful ocean views and heavenly food. And since our times were off, we were all going to bed around 10pm and waking around 10am for the first few days which meant we got to enjoy every second of the evening light and then have a relaxing dinner as the sunset and still have books and bedtime routine without a rush.
Taken from the park we were playing in-
Poppy’s reaction when she first saw the ocean and views at Camp’s Bay-
Feb. 13, 2014:
We woke the next morning around 1030am and John had gone to the store before we woke up and got milk, yogurt and granola, that along with instant coffee overlooking a raging Atlantic Ocean made for the best morning! The coffee wasn’t amazing but it reminded me of my time in Australia, so to me, it was perfect!
We got ready and went exploring, felt the water, 50 degrees or so, very chilly and very very rough, played on the playground and then found an amazing restaurant overlooking the water, all the eateries were sooo good and affordable! We stopped for gelato on our way back to our hotel and Pops took a nap.
We woke and went back to the playground by the ocean and watched the sunset, went to dinner at a tapas restaurant, Pops tried baby Octopus and ate a ton of mushrooms. We had baklava for dessert, John’s favorite of the night. To keep her entertained we brought play-doh which she had a blast making mermaids with. Pops went to bed around 1030pm. Very late for her but it made since with the time change. Perfect first day!
Feb. 14, 2014
Valentine’s day and Pops requested to visit the penguins near Simon’s Town.
We woke up around 10:30 am again and tried to go in the pool but it was overcast and cold although Pops and John braved it for 10 minutes tops! We later learned they heated it on the weekends...
We went and showered and drove Chapman’s Peak, super scary and beautiful toll road above the crashing Atlantic Ocean to Simon’s Town.
We had lunch at a stylish eatery that was very “antiquey” and homey and went to see the Penguins at Boulder’s Beach. We debated driving to Cape Point but Pops was exhausted and ready for a nap. We decided to head back to the hotel and met our new friend that a mutual friend introduced us to, Ronel and ate at Luigi’s for Valentine’s Dinner, bed around 10pm. Poppy did ask me to tell Ronel what was in my belly, she was very proud to tell her about her sister, Peaches. Whew. Well see how it all goes when she arrives as this was the first bit of excitement she has had about her.
Feb 15, 2014
We woke up at 630am, had breakfast at the hotel and caught the “red bus” and rode it all day through Capetown and up to Table Mountain.
Once in Capetown we went to the Aquarium and ate at “the worlds largest wine bar” Belthazar, John had Kingklip fish, super delicious! Pops had no nap and we took the red bus up to Table Mountain where John took the cable car all the way up, he could see to the tip of Africa, Cape of Good Hope.
I chickened out as the heights scared me to pieces and Pops wouldn’t leave my side, so we stayed at base camp and had ice cream and watch everyone come and go up the cable car.
We got back to Camps Bay and Pops was still in a fabulous mood, it was warm and sunny so we went to the pool and played there for hours, she loved it and is almost able to do a front flip on her own underwater!
We had dinner at a restaurant and I had raw oysters and sushi and John had a shrimp curry soup which Poppy really liked! Naughty Brooke (being pregnant) but I couldn’t resist!
Feb. 16, 2014
We woke up early and drove to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope.
We drove back over Chapman’s pass, easier the second time but still scary! Luckily it was a weekend and big bus tours were on it so everyone was going very slow!
We stopped for a lunch and treats to go at Nordhouk farm village and took it to the lighthouse for a picnic.
It was a beautiful scenic and long drive out to the cape, once we arrived in the park, it was lots of shrubs and low plants and crashing waves on rocks all around. We got to the lighthouse and climbed up, Pops was very disappointed she couldn’t go in the lighthouse. It was soooo windy, I was worried it would blow Poppy away, hurricane force. We climbed back down and went to the beach at Cape at Good Hope overlooking the rocks where it was super windy and Pops was tired. The most south western point of Africa! Pops kept kissing my belly and wanting to talk to Peaches, she seems to be warming up to the idea of being a big sis.
On our drive back, Pops napped in the car and we went to a winery, Groot Constantia and the sauvignon blanc was wonderful!
When we got back to our hotel, it was our last night at Camp’s Bay, we went swimming at the pool and met a family from Jo’Burg who are wedding photographers. They had a daughter, Summer, who Pops really enjoyed.
We went to dinner at Primi Piatti, delicious Bolognese and John had lamb curry ravioli which he loved.
Came back, went to bed and was sad it was our last night at Camp’s Bay.
This was taken at a stop over on Chapman’s Pass with Dungeon’s big wave surf spot in the background.