I flew from Bangkok to Cape Town by way of Doha, on Air Qatar. It was a long flight, and I have vivid memories of how boring it was to have a long layover in the Doha airport. Not much going on there at night, I assure you.
After swinging through Johannesburg's airport as well, I finally touched down in Cape Town, and almost wasn't allowed into South Africa. Luckily, it was nothing a bit of money couldn't resolve, and then I was on my way.
Cape Town and the surrounding area is packed with fun opportunities to get out and experience the unique geography, stunning vistas, varied wildlife, and unique cultural heritage of South Africa. Looking back, I packed a lot into my first few days, starting with a deliciously intoxicating wine tour.