Southern African sojourn – into Cape Town

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 | Comments Off on Southern African sojourn – into Cape Town

Hotel Verde breakfast P1030488

It takes a while to reach Cape Town from Sydney. The 13 hour flight on Qantas was pretty painless but the four hour layover in Johannesburg was painful, even if the One World/BA/Qantas domestic lounge was nice enough.

Finally, we were in Cape Town with our bags and an Avis rental Polo and went looking for the Hotel Verde. This BON Hotels property only opened in August and claims to be the greenest in Africa. Clean, modern, friendly and efficient and trying to be carbon neutral – what’s not to like? It was stylish enough, too, and for about $120 per night (including breakfast and free wifi) it was good value. After a quick shower and checking in back home we fell into bed.

However, sleep didn’t come easily as I found myself pondering how remarkably like Australia South Africa often appears. From afar it’s all about reports of violence and murder but on the ground it seems surprisingly like home, hospitable and friendly, but with a funny accent.

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