When I arrived in Cape Town, my host mom Dorothee, picked me up from the airport with her two beautiful Siberian Huskies. She took me the scenic route back to Marina Da Gama where she lives. Leaving the airport we passed an extremely poor part of town known as the “shack settlements.” These are informal settlements where small shacks made out of cardboard and tin roofs are built one next to the other and are very overcrowded. These settlements are located on a part of land called the Cape Flats just outside of Cape Town. Everyone who lives here struggles to make ends meet.
- Shack settlements in the Cape Flats
The scenic route took us along the coast where I could see the beautiful coloration of the South African ocean water and the mountains of Table Mountain National Park in the distance. I kept getting confused thinking that we were driving on the wrong side of the road whenever we made a turn. The left hand traffic will take some time to get used to.
We arrived in Marina Da Gama, a tranquil community of beautiful white homes located on the water of Zandvelei Lake. Dorothee’s back deck overlooks the water where people are swimming, kayaking, boating, and fishing. The rear of the house faces the Muzeinberg Mountain Range offering a gorgeous view, particularly in the evening when the sun sets. Pictures do not do it justice but here are a few to give you an idea: