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Beautiful setting of V&A waterfront with Table Mountain in the background
My 7 days bazbus pass finally exprires as I reached Capetown. Known as Mother City among local. The first day I went out strolling down from Long Street where my hostel was to the Waterfront. I never been blessed with superfantastic weather while travelling but spring in Capetown was the best. Warm and sunny cloudless sky I boarded the boat to Robben Island.

Visitors were transported to the island via ferry. The ferries depart from Nelson Mandela Gateway, at the V&A Waterfront which I spent an hour for. Once on the Island, visitors were transported by bus through major spot and lastly to the Prison itself. It is important for all visitors to experience all phases of the Island, to realize that the Island is a place of pain and a place of triumph and victory.
Table Mountain seen from Robben Island
The island tour discusses these themes as well as the detention and isolation of insane females, people with leprosy and prisoners, African chiefs in the 1800’s including Mr. Mandela himself. The Prison tour depicts the lives of political prisoners detained from the 1960’s to 1991. The tour even conducted by former Robben Island prisoners.

The next day was yet another great day to wander around. I had a meet up for lunch with Captonian buddies I’ve chatted over a the years. In the morning I strolled down to The "Bo Kaap" or "Cape Malay Quarter" belongs to the culturally and historically most interesting parts of Cape Town. Many of the inhabitants are descendants of the people from Indonesia (Batavia), Sri Lanka, India and Malaysia, who were captured in the 17th and 18th century and enslaved by the Dutch-East Indian Trading Company.
The "Bo Kaap" or "Cape Malay Quarter" belongs to the culturally and historically most interesting parts of Cape Town
Many were Mulims and others were converted to Islam by the Cape Muslim community.

The Cape Malays and their religious leaders played an important role in the development of the language and culture of the Cape colony. The Afrikaans language evolved as a language of its own through a simplification of Dutch in order for the slaves to be able to communicate with the Dutch and amongst each others, since they all came from different countries and cultures.

The Cape Malays have preserved their cultural identity and Muslimism creed. The old Malay Quarter with its steep and narrow streets, the plain artisan houses, Mosques and Minaretts reaches from the Buitengracht street up to the Signal Hill. The houses were restored and colorfully painted. The architectural style is a synthesis of Cape Dutch and Edwardian.
Nabilah and Zayyaan. South African beauties.


Finally I met Nabilah, the ever gorgeous travlady from Capetown. Nabilah,her sidekick Zayyaan and I had a lovely lunch at Kloof Street. Wanted to eat something unique about South African but in the end I had ostrich burger. It was a very short hang out. We had to meet up again somewhere in the world! And to my surprise she had an exciting travel plan line up for her for the next 2 years! All the best to you Nabilah. A very wise carrier move and you are going to have the world in your hand.

Later another short chatted over travbuddy site month before, paved to another meet up with Captonian TB. Gerrit spared a very good time drove me around Capetown. We took cable car to top of Table Mountain. One of the most scenic views I’ve seen towards the city and the sea.
Poscard Picture perfect city
Drove to Clifton Beach, camps bay and Chapman’s Peak then back to town to have dinner in V&A waterfront. I owe you man! What I like about the site is the opportunity in meeting cool people that shared the same attitude and passion about travel. Capetown and South Africa was just a very short visit before home and coincidently 2 of people I met here will be met again very soon. Nabilah (Nabilah23) is relocating in Middle East and I ‘ll be passing the region. Gerrit (Gerrit_G) on his South East Asia trip in January will definitely travel together in Borneo Malaysia.

SEE YOU GUYS AGAIN !

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Amazing place! Bilalah nak pergi ni?
Posted on: Mar 21, 2010
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Beautiful setting of V&A waterfron…
Beautiful setting of V&A waterfro…
Table Mountain seen from Robben Is…
Table Mountain seen from Robben I…
The Bo Kaap or Cape Malay Quart…
The "Bo Kaap" or "Cape Malay Quar…
Nabilah and Zayyaan. South African…
Nabilah and Zayyaan. South Africa…
Poscard Picture perfect city
Poscard Picture perfect city
Sunset over Chapmans Peak
Sunset over Chapman's Peak
Table Mountain under clear blue sk…
Table Mountain under clear blue s…
Nabilah.Thanks for meeting me babe.
Nabilah.Thanks for meeting me babe.
Nabilah, Zayyaan and me
Nabilah, Zayyaan and me
Off to Robben Island. The historic…
Off to Robben Island. The histori…
Table Mountain from the boatride b…
Table Mountain from the boatride …
Sorry my buddy Gerrit. The only pi…
Sorry my buddy Gerrit. The only p…
One of the oldest buildings in Wal…
One of the oldest buildings in Wa…
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Mr Mandela and another 3 politicia…
Mr Mandela and another 3 politici…
Table Mountain
Table Mountain
Chapmans Peak
Chapman's Peak
The houses were restored and colou…
The houses were restored and colo…
Sunset over Chapmans Peak
Sunset over Chapman's Peak
Where Mr nelson Mandela spent part…
Where Mr nelson Mandela spent par…
Full moon
Full moon
Back to Capetown
Back to Capetown
table Mountain
table Mountain
Capetown, one of beautifully place…
Capetown, one of beautifully plac…
The Bo Kaap or Cape Malay Quart…
The "Bo Kaap" or "Cape Malay Quar…
The Bo Kaap
The Bo Kaap
The houses were restored and colou…
The houses were restored and colo…
Capetown
Capetown
Busking in Darling Street
Busking in Darling Street
Mama Africa
Mama Africa
Capetown from paking/entrance road…
Capetown from paking/entrance roa…
Theyre not toy house
They're not toy house
table mountain
table mountain
Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben I…
Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben …
V&A Waterfront
V&A Waterfront
V&A Waterfront
V&A Waterfront
V&A Waterfront
V&A Waterfront
V&A Waterfront
V&A Waterfront
Statue of Mandela and his 3 countr…
Statue of Mandela and his 3 count…
School perfomance over the waterfr…
School perfomance over the waterf…
School perfomance over the waterfr…
School perfomance over the waterf…
Busking
Busking
Bo Kaap
Bo Kaap
Bo Kaap
Bo Kaap
Colourful facades
Colourful facades
The Mosque Minaret in Bo Kaap
The Mosque Minaret in Bo Kaap
The Bo Kaap or Cape Malay Quart…
The "Bo Kaap" or "Cape Malay Quar…
Capetown at noon
Capetown at noon
Cape town
Cape town
Capetown
Capetown
Cathedral
Cathedral
Capetown
Capetown
Cable car to the top
Cable car to the top
Clifton Beach
Clifton Beach
Table Mountain
Table Mountain
Cape Town
Cape Town
Theres the cabel
There's the cabel
Capetown
Capetown
2010 Capetown World Cup Stadium.
2010 Capetown World Cup Stadium.
Cape Town
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