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Home >> Blog >> Guest Blogger >> Planning a Trip to the Rainbow Nation

Planning a Trip to the Rainbow Nation

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It is less than 4 weeks until the Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon weekend and, whilst local runners are preparing for the races, I am planning what will be the most wondrous trip: my first to South Africa.

The V&A Waterfront with Table Mountain in the background. Photo courtesy of Cape Town Tourism.

So what do I need to do? I have listened to so many of my South African friends in London (my part of Hampstead and Belsize is like little CT) and planned a few things in advance.

After arriving in Cape Town (a long 12 hour flight south), I will relax for a few days and then head to Port Elizabeth and the Lalibella Game Park for a couple of nights. Seeing the Big 5 on the game drives and relaxing in the tree top lodge will be unlike anything I have done before.

After seeing the animals I will head to Plettenburg Bay and Knysna Forest and the elephant park. After a show the other night on TV on the Addo Elephant Park, I am getting a little obsessed with seeing the majestic creatures in the wild.

And from there I head to Onrus/Hermanus, where I will be relaxing to the max at the Arabella spa hotel before heading back to Cape Town, to complete my To Do list.

Cape Point. Photo courtesy of Cape Town Tourism.

Darren’s Cape Town List:

  • Table Mountain
  • I have been advised to run Kloofnek not once, but twice (the challenge of getting to the top, and to take in the view)
  • Franschoek wine tasting
  • Robben Island
  • Camps Bay beach/Clifton beach
  • Sundowners at the waterfront
  • Drive along coast through to Devils Peak to see the views
  • Cape Point to see the two oceans meet
  • Lots of braais!
  • And of course, the International Friendship Run, the Fun Run with the kids, and the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

I will be a busy boy. But this will be the holiday of a lifetime.

Clifton Beach. Photo courtesy of Cape Town Tourism.

Robben Island. Photo courtesy of Cape Town Tourism.