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CAPE CRUSADE

HOME TO ONE OF THE WORLD’S PREMIER CULINARY CAPITALS AS WELL AS AWARD-WINNING VINEYARDS AND NO END OF SIGHTS AND EXPERIENCES TO QUICKEN THE PULSE, SOUTH AFRICA’S WESTERN CAPE SATISFIES ON SO MANY LEVELS

The best advice I was given before flying to Cape Town was to go up Table Mountain as soon as the weather allowed. And so within hours of arriving I was riding the cable car to the summit to witness sunset on a landmark that was crowned one of the New7Wonders of Nature in 2012. Table Mountain’s flat top is covered with over a mile of easy walking paths that allow you to look down on the city and the cascading mountain peaks surrounding it.

As the sun was setting, a sheet of clouds rolled in out of nowhere. Being above cloud level I could look down and watch the mists swirl below like vapours from a cauldron. Rays of golds, pinks and purples lit up the sea of clouds as the sun dipped below the horizon.

Witnessing the most magical sunset of my life so soon after setting foot on African soil was an auspicious start to the trip, setting the tone for an adventure that would see me exploring Cape Town’s vibrant food scene, the beautiful countryside of the Western Cape and venturing into the ocean amongst killing machines.

Coasting down the Cape

My first adventure would take me south along the coast, on a road trip with Rhino Africa (www.rhinoafrica.com), a journey strewn with unforgettable sights.

Our first stop was Camps Bay, where we stopped to take in the Twelve Apostles, a range of rocky cliffs that overlook the beach. We then continued on the Chapman’s Peak Drive, a spectacular route that begins at the pretty fishing harbour of Hout Bay before snaking between towering mountains and the Atlantic.

Finally we reached Cape Point Nature Reserve, which is famous for being the continent’s most south-western point. Here we took to the walking trail leading up into the hills to admire the vast

ocean views. The park is rich in diverse flora, fauna and wildlife that includes the Cape mountain zebra and the world’s largest antelope, the eland – as well as scores of inquisitive creatures called rock hyrax that look like a mix between a meerkat and a gopher (although amazingly their closest genetic relative is the elephant).

Next, it was time to explore Cape Point’s eastern side, so we trekked up the hill to its old lighthouse. As lighthouses go, this 1850s structure was a catastrophic failure, its light causing rather than preventing many shipwrecks as it drew ships to come too close and perish on the rocks below. All too soon it was time to head back down for a lunch of inventive salads and sushi at the Two Oceans Restaurant.

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The new October/November issue of Winq is stuffed with gay goodness. We’ve got an exclusive interview and cover with disco-pop queen Sophie Ellis-Bextor and a second cover featuring Ricky Martin. Sophie Ellis-Bextor is back and better than ever on new album Familia, while Puerto-Rican heartthrob Ricky Martin reminds us why he’s still the king of Latin pop (and as smouldering as ever). Elsewhere we meet the UK’s only out jockey, chat with actor Mark Gatiss, celebrate 50 years of Coming Out with author Jeffrey Weeks, and get to grips with Anohni’s politically-charged new album. Plus a bumper wedding section and Karl Lagerfeld in our business section. The wait is over - Winq is the luxury lifestyle magazine for gay men.
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