Boat made me ill, but I’m now in love with Cape Town

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Hello from Cape Town! Well, this is week one of my four-month world trip and so far it’s been amazing and not at all what I expected.

I came to South Africa with few pre-conceptions, but I did have an idea what I thought Cape Town might be like. So far it’s exceeded any expectations. In fact it’s absolutely blown me away and I have fallen in love with the place.

It’s so multi-cultural and yet so westernised at the same time and I think it’s this diversity that I love so much. It’s a city of a thousand different climates mind, and within a week we’ve had freezing cold temperatures, boiling hot sun, rain and the strongest winds I’ve ever experienced.

Our camera lady who’s travelling with us for the first six weeks whilst I’m filming, told me there’s a saying here in Cape Town: ‘If you don’t like the current weather, wait five minutes’. Now I can vouch for how true this is.

On our first proper day we visited the Biscuit Mill, an indoor and outdoor market that’s a hive of food producers, farmers and arts and crafts people.

It reminded me a lot of Australia – very outdoorsy, with people chilling out, drinking fine wine and beers, eating nibbles and sitting on bales of hay or big lounge cushions. It was all about being outdoors and having fun.

From there, we drove two hours to stay at the five-star luxury nature reserve called Grootbos, about 15 minutes from Hermanus.

We were put up in the most incredible Forest Lodge, which had about five rooms, including a huge bedroom with four-poster, a bathroom about as big as my whole downstairs at home in Portsmouth and not one, not two, but four bathrooms! Truly spectacular.

We took advantage of some of the tours and excursions and in the space of three days we saw four whales and two great white sharks – eeek!

But, as always, motion sickness got the better of me and I was ill four times. Not good considering everybody knew I was the producer and presenter of a new TV show! I really didn’t look the part.

It’s only been one week, but I’ve crammed a whole load of life into those seven days. Bring on the rest of the trip!