After many unpredictable adventures I get to Cape Town. Plane finally landed, people slowly came out on an airfield, starching and lazy walk into arrival hall. Humidity, warm, clouds, an Airport – colorless as most of the airport on the world designed to fulfill their function most efficient they can.
Prices for public transport from airport not much vary compare to taxi’s rates what validated my information researched on Internet. One reason to declaim towards public transport in the beginning of my stay is that I manage to make contactless visa debit, prepaid card with help to pay not only for buses (unfortunately this only in Cape Town) but wherever there where I can use my credit card around South Africa. Good option if we don’t want to parade with cash. In general is hard to get around in the city without Uber.
On Internet I found also information from one of the hostel located in the city that I’d be able – if space available, pitch my tent in their garden. Admittedly, small fee available but still tempting offer to check it out. Small few appear to be little less that 10 euro, same amount of money as cheapest hostel bed in place nearby. Time to get familiar with local prices and ‘backpacker’ accommodation. Hostels in general are good option for single traveler, easy to make new contacts, organize some bigger group and explore area together. And I have to say that with bigger group is really plenty to do in Cape Town. City center is locked between Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain giving impression that is smaller than it exactly is. South from the city we can find most south-western point in continent – Cape of Good Hope and between them Simon’s Town with colony of penguin on boulder beach.
When we get bored of local landscape, city nightlife and unlimited hikes in Table Mountains we can get on the scenic road thru South Cost of the country. Most popular and well visited by tourists is Garden Rout starting in Mossul Bay and leading to Port Elizabeth, we’ll find there besides scenic coastline and beaches plenty of hikes giving us opportunity to explore many hills, forest and waterfalls.
ZUMA MUST GO
That slogan appeared very frequently during my stay in South Africa. In Pretoria, capitol of country, I found big manifestation organized by opposite party. On the day when Jacob Zuma celebrate his 75 birthday and when I tried to pick up my visa to Mozambique I found myself accidentally in the middle of manifestation (literally talking in the front of it). It wasn’t a first time during last weeks when people walk on the streets to show their anger. But what happened that nation start to hate their own president?
As usual in politics president during his first term of office manage to put on most of important positions own people. While his 2nd term he started fulfill his own business which were connected with Guptas family. Who is exactly Guptas? Indian immigrants family settled down in South Africa in 1993 and in next years, thru accurate investments, mainly in mining industry, computers and media became one of the most wealthy family in South Africa manage to corrupt president of country and multiply they profits. Country where economy grown stopped, unemployment rapidly grow, where delay in reforms and crisis on energy market get bigger and bigger without signs of solution for future, It resulted in downgrade its rating by credit agencies as Standard & Poor, Moody to junk status (BB).
Dismissed by Zuma minister of finance tipped the balance for downgrade rating, downgraded rating finally mobilize people to manifest their dissatisfaction on the street. End of end Zuma settled down enough corrupted people in the government that most likely he would survive next few years until finish his term.
My few weeks stay in South Africa shows me country as extremely beautiful but also extremely violent. Almost 50 years of rules apartheid, segregation according of skin color left in people’s mind visible signs. It would take at least few generation to forget about wrong path chosen in politics and try realized Mandela’s ideas.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) – Director: Justin Chadwick