Rob and Dee Overland in Africa 2014 – 10,000 miles – 4 months – 10 countries

Gyroplanes

We spent the last 10 days of our African Adventure enjoying Cape Town.  What a wonderful and livable city.  We were joined there by our friends Mike and Hester whom we had originally met on the road into the Serengeti in Tanzania, and had spent several days with since.

Much of our efforts in CT were spent in trying to sell our truck but in between times we visited the waterfront, Table Mountain, the tip of the Cape Peninsula near where the waters of the Indian Ocean meet the waters of the Atlantic.  This is a major landmark for round the world sailors like ourselves, but on our circumnavigation we had braved the Red Sea and the Somali pirates and thus missed this iconic meeting of two of the world’s great oceans.

As anyone who knows Dee is aware she LOVES penguins- the number of stuffed penguin toys, penguin notepads, penguin bookends, aprons, t-shirts, etc she has received is beyond counting.  So a visit to the Cape Penguin colony was a must.  It did not disappoint as the look on De’s face in the photos below will attest.

The highlight of our CT visit however was when two of my gyroplane contacts whom I had only previously known via the internet offered to take us for a scenic flight.  They pulled out all the stops with Dee going in one gyro and me in the other and we went for over an hour long flight all along the Cape coastline, down towards Table Bay, over the city and then to the scenic attractions of Camps Bay and Hout Bay.  What a perfect way to end our trip.

Thanks Dave Lehr (LearJet) and Jean Tresfon for making the ending of our trip perfect.

We have just arrived back in the US but will be adding a few more posts to this blog in the coming weeks- specifically I will be adding some travel details geared towards those who are planning their own trips and want some nitty-gritty specifics to aid in their preparations.  If that is you be sure to check back.

Rob

 

 


Rob did it again! He, with a lot of help from Jean and David two gyro friends, put the icing on the cake of my Africa adventures. At 4:30 pm Thursday with the skies clearing we were in the air in two Magni gyro planes. These are open cockpit tandem cockpit gyros of Italian design – sleek and very stable. We flew out to the coast, saw whales cavorting in the surf, went toward the city of Cape Town with Table Mountain and other peaks describing the far horizon. What a fantastic geographic setting – mountains, plains, sea and city! Flew low and slow over it all and headed back as the sun was setting – coming through the pass between Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. Added the finishing touch and another fantastic perspective on the adventures of Africa. Thank you, thank you all. dee

 

A few pics here- more to follow in Rob’s Cape Town Post