THE TWELVE APOS­TLES

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The Twelve Apos­tles are a chain of craggy peaks that stand shoul­der-toshoul­der fac­ing the At­lantic Ocean south of Cape Town. The scenery is rugged and spec­tac­u­lar, the per­fect edge-of-the-world place to site a 5-star lux­ury re­sort. The Twelve Apos­tles Ho­tel and Spa fits the bill, nested in the shadow of its name­sake moun­tains. From my bal­cony, I could watch the waves break over the rocks be­low. The prox­im­ity to the ocean ex­plains the rea­son that the Twelve Apos­tles ho­tel will never be any color other than white; mariners use the build­ings as a land­mark to nav­i­gate the tricky ap­proaches to Cape Town. Be­cause of my limited time in Cape Town, I’d opted to take a per­sonal driv­ing tour of the city with Es­cape to the Cape (es­capetothe­cape.co.za), the award-win­ning tour op­er­a­tion founded by Sha­heed Ebrahim. Al­though my to-do list was ex­ten­sive (in the in­ter­ests of full dis­clo­sure, more than four hours), the North­ern Cape is fairly com­pact and the $250 all-inclusive fee would give me a ded­i­cated driver and a bet­ter chance to cover more ter­ri­tory than if I were on my own. The added bonus which I hadn’t ex­pected was hav­ing a knowl­edge­able Capeto­nian at my side to share the sto­ries of this sur­pris­ing city.

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