Between flights – A flight crew view on Cape Town


One of my childhood dreams (besides being Indiana Jones) was to become a pilot and see the world. (And wear a cool uniform). This year this dream came true. Well kind of. I did fly a plane. Ok, yes, it was in a flight simulator. But I also had the chance to spend some time in cockpits this year. For example on my way back from Zanzibar. And then in November I was invited to accompany a Condor-Crew during their layover in Cape Town.

me in a flight simulator

Do you really see the whole world when you’re a pilot or flight attendant?

Or is it more like flying from one place to another, spend the night in another country and fly back on the next morning? Yes, sometimes it is like this. Sometimes it’s just a normal job. But sometimes the crew has the chance to spend some time between two flights in a country. This depends on the flight schedule and a complicated system called duty roster. You can’t really say where you’re flying to next but sometimes you can make a wish and sometimes wishes come true… And then it happens that a crew stays several days or sometimes even a week in a destination and then they can explore this place like other tourists do. We’ve accompanied a Condor-Crew during their layover in Cape Town and they’ve showed us their favourite places.

My favourite things to do in Cape Town

Simon’s Town with the penguins at Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach Penguins Cape Town

A must see when in Cape Town is definitely Boulders Beach to see the penguins. Special tip: don’t walk straight like all the other tourists, take the path on the right side. There it won’t be that crowded.

Kalk Bay

Kalk Bay Cape Town

A beautiful small fishing village close to Cape Town. You can spot seals at the harbour and between July and November there’s a huge chance to see whales!

Long Beach in Kommetjie

Long Beach Cape Town

Perfect surfer spot. And a perfect spot to spot surfers. If you know what I mean…

Milnerton Beach

Milnerton Beach Cape Town

Until now I thought Bloubergstrand would be the best place to take a picture of Cape Town and Table Mountain. But Milnerton Beach even tops this.

Diaz Beach

Diaz Beach Cape Town

Definitely one of the highlights of my trip to Cape Town: the trek from Cape Point to Cape of Good Hope. On the way down you’ll pass Diaz Beach. One of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen. And if you climb down it’s a perfect picnic spot!

The Crew Hotel: Protea Fire & Ice

view from Fire and Ice Hotel Cape Town

Cool design hotel with an amazing view and the best milk shakes in the world. True story.

What are your favourite things to do in Cape Town?

Disclosure: I was invited on this trip by Condor.

Hi, I'm Yvonne. Travel addict. Guilty as charged. Right now I'm probably falling off a camel somewhere in a desert, getting a new tattoo from a monk in Thailand or am carrying my luggage through a river in the jungle. But just as well I could be sitting on my sofa in Berlin, in my pyjamas. Good girls to to heaven, bad girls go everywhere. Everywhere sounds much more promising. So be travelous and follow me!

Discussion3 Comments

  1. Yvonne, your post about Cape Town makes me weep with longing: it really is a beautiful place with some of the greatest people I’ve ever had the fortune to meet. I already knew the short trip I made last year would be an “appetizer”, but your post and the photos are only making that longing worse. 😉 By the way, the photo of you in the cockpit? You look the natural in the pilot’s seat.

  2. Dein Reisebericht hat mir sehr viel Fernweh bereitet. Auf eine positive Art und Weise. Es macht sehr viel Spaß, deinen Blog anzuschauen. Da kribbelt es in den Fußzehen und man bekommt Lust auf Abenteuer! 😉

    Wie kam es denn dazu, dass du auch mal in so einem Cockpit sitzen durftest bzw. in mehreren?

    Liebe Grüße,

    • Yvonne

      Oh wie schön! So soll es sein 😀 Die Besuche im Cockpit wurden mir jeweils direkt von der Presseabteilung von Condor ermöglicht, die mir eine spezielle Drehgenehmigung dafür erteilt hatten!

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