Carolyn. We drove down to Cape Town from Namibia - about a 10 hour drive, though we took 3 days to do it, with some nice stops en route. Then spent another week in the Cape area before boarding a train to Johannesburg (30 hours, overnight sleeper - I'll let Cooper tell you more about this).
Cape Town is a beautiful city, with the kind of variable weather that reminds us of Calgary! And beautiful sea with city beaches that remind us of Vancouver.
We hiked up to the top of Table Mountain, spent a day in nearby wine country, admired the local penguin colony on the southern reaches of the Cape Peninsula, and photographed amazing coastline views along the way.
Importantly, while in Cape Town, we toured the former prison of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in jail (now a national historic site). And then later in Johannesburg, we also visited Mandela's first home (now a small museum) in the ghetto-like suburb of Soweto - and later spent several hours at the Apartheid Museum (located on the other side of town). Talk about an education for Cooper! Even for Vern and I, we are still processing what we saw and learned...more than the media coverage of our teen and young adult years...
We are now headed to Madagascar. Very excited to see lemurs, and a new part of Africa!