The Freedom Swim: from Mandela’s Robben Island to the Cape Town shore

The Mandela centenary features many tributes and events but our writer found his own way to celebrate Madiba’s legacy – a 7.5km Freedom Swim from Robben Island to Cape Town
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The stench of seal is part-fish, part-farm. It wafts around Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront when the breeze blows, curling the nostrils of those dining at terraced restaurants trading in more palatable scents like herbs and garlic. Cape fur seals haul themselves onto the pontoons beneath the waterfront’s walkways and collapse their huge, beanbag-esque mass across the decks just yards from the restaurants in this most popular part of town.

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