We leave the Cape Town area and drive up the west coast. At the campsite in Gaanzekral we meet Verena & Wolfgang from Austria again who have been on the road for several years and who supported us so great when we had the problem with the rear axle at the beginning of our trip. We spend three relaxed days together, cook and barbecue and have a lot to tell each other. On the last evening we are joined by Yvonne & Rene, whom we already met at the Cape. With heavy hearts we say goodbye to each other and hope that our paths will cross again sometime.
Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl are sonorous names that make the heart of every wine connoisseur beat faster. On the way there we visit the beautiful winery Vergelegen in a wonderful location and get in the mood for the coming days.
The drive back to the coast takes a little longer than planned, because we stay a few days at the beautiful River Campground and pass the time with swimming, reading and braai, the South African barbecue.
Finally we are on the road again. Our car is on the ship since 3 weeks and at the beginning of January the time has come, we fly to Port Elizabeth in South Africa. After 11 hours flight with mask we enjoy the warm sunbeams completely unmasked, because here is high summer. For the first two nights we rented a B&B near the beach in Summerstrand. Here there are also first-class restaurants with a view of the sea and at prices that we can only dream of in Germany. For us this is of course a welcome opportunity to celebrate the start of our journey on the African continent. The next day we receive our MOMO undamaged. The first days we spend on a campground in Port Elizabeth to get the car ready. Here we also have our first encounter with a colony of monkeys that regularly rummage through the waste paper baskets and if you are not careful, as we were, they will sit in the driver's cab.
The entry from Albania to Greece is done in 15 minutes and we are already back in the EU. Shortly after the border we discover a beautiful bathing lake with a super campsite. There we stay for two days and enjoy ourselves. Except for a few anglers from the nearby village, no one disturbs our idyll.