26 Jul 2018
Last Two Days

Having met the girls before sunrise at Stellenberg High School, we travelled to Stellenbosch to wander round the oldest town in the Western Cape. The buildings and ambience was like no where else we had visited in South Africa. We particulalry liked seeing the university and saw several vineyards and wine farms from the bus. After this we travelled to Tygervalley Mall for our final souvenir shopping, after such a busy day we returned to Stellenberg to play netball, however their teams being the best in the Western Province, really showed how it’s done. The school hosted us for a function which was a wonderful opportunity for us all to socialise and compare our two schools.

On Wednesday we had another action packed day, Having met early and packed up the bus we headed to the Langa Township. For many girls this has become their favourite part of the trip. It was a real insight into the way some people live in South Africa. The highlight for many was visiting the kindergarten and singing and playing with the children. The walking tour was very informative and eye-opening. From here we were treated to a traditional lunch at the Lelapa Restaurant and we fully enjoyed the African music and all joined in playing instruments and singing. We left here on a real high and set off for our last matches of the tour at the stunning sports grounds in the shadow of Table Mountain at Rustenberg High School. We were all on form and our B netball team played well, but the results of the day were definitely the huge victory for our A netball team and the 7-0 win under the floodlights for the hockey team.

A quick shower and change at the hotel and we were all dressed up for our end of tour dinner. The food and atmosphere at the waterfront was a perfect end, with awards for all girls, as well as a hockey player of the tour being awarded to Zoe Bradley, a netball player of the tour awarded to Jess Picot and a best tourist award being awarded to Molly Roberts -Crawford. The tour captains were all presented with a gift to thank them for their help on the trip as well. We returned to the hotel late and tired and were all quickly off to sleep.

On our final morning we visited Hout Bay to enjoy a boat ride to see the seals at seal island. The views were stunning and there were thousands of seals to look at. After a presentation and song for our wonderful bus driver, it was off to the airport to start the long journey home.

A wonderful sport and cultural experience for all girls and staff, with memories that will last a lifetime. Over and out from South Africa!