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Cape of Good Hope & Animals - stunning day!!!

Hired a car today to go & explore the beaches & Cape of Good Hope. The day was filled with ever increasing beauty & stunning coastal scenery , animal encounters & quiet pretty coastal fishing villages. It gets light so late - after 7am so we didn't leave till 9am.

It cost 400 Rand to hire a car from Avis ( $60 Aus) . Leigh remembered visiting a museum about the different tribes but we couldn't find it. Drove through District 6 to the South African museum next to beautiful parkland & colonial buildings. Then to Bo - Kaap the Malay district on the steep streets of the hillside where they have cobbled streets & brightly coloured houses.

Security Leigh kept reminding us to have our doors locked as we drove through different parts of town that were less safe. We arrived on the coast at Muizenberg after driving through pretty countryside. The train comes to here & then follows the coastline to Simons Town. You have to go under the train line to reach the beach & there are stations right on the beach on this prime real estate!!!. This area is called False Bay & is in the Indian Ocean where the water is quite warm & we saw plenty of surfers.

We passed quaint thatched roof cottages & old stone buildings, the Dutch & English influence being very obvious. At Kalk Bay we walked around to look at the cafes & curio shops. Most of the villages are fishing villages. On through a village called Fish Hoek, to the naval town of Simons Town. At Jubilee square we heard a troop of singers sing the best harmonies. Leigh posed beside a whale blubber pot from whaling days when 6 guys would harpoon a whale from a rowing boat & we came across a few intimidating people who wanted to follow you. Security Leigh kept reminding us to be be careful of our belongings.

At Boulders Beach we stopped to look at a the Penguin Colony It cost 35 rand each to enter ( $5.50 Aus) They make a sound like a donkey braying & are very small & cute. They can swim at 7km an hour & stay under water for up to 2 minutes. They are monogamous & the lifelong partners take turns to incubate the eggs. We walked past where they lives on boardwalks so as not to disturb their natural habitat, as they were nearly driven to extinction few years ago.The beach where they lived was absolutely stunning with big white boulders & azure blue water. The blue sky is cloudless & warm & you couldn't ask for more perfect weather. Last year when Mark & Leigh came it was much colder.

Heading around to Cape Point we started to pass signs about the baboons & to keep your doors locked & windows up. Great excitement.... as we approached our first ones sitting inthe middle of the road. They are all tagged & monitored & we stopped beside a big male who just sat & looked at us.

We arrived at the entrance of the Cape Good hope Road where we paid 75 rand ( $11.30 each) to enter. After driving on windy roads with massive sheer cliff faces looming overhead we entered a low scrub land area with no trees. From the parking area you could walk up to the top of the hill & overlook the lighthouse. It was an hour return walk & everyone convinced me not to do that but wait till we drove to the bottom of the hill.

When we arrived it was still cloudless blue sky with incredible views back to False Bay over the Indian Ocean but with this low mist type clouds below us. After eating a yummy lunch we walked out to discover that the Atlantic side was now covered in thick cold windy mist - all created from the meeting ot the cold Atlantic currents withth warm Indian Ocean currents. It was so amazing to see how quickly it had developed & you couldn't even see the water this side any more & there was this low mist cloud was being sucked low over the headland onto the other side.

I had tried Baboootie at lunch - a traditional mince meal but wasn't that impressed with it & ate most of Brad's Calamari & Leigh's hake which were soooo good!.

We drove down tho the bottom where we took the obligatory photo of the most southern point of the African contintinent & walked to the water edge over thick kelp to feel the difference in the water temperature & yes it was so much colder!

More wildlife seen - male & feale ostriches, a cute striped mouse at the restaurant we ate at & some cars stopped to see some deer ( which we didn't see - called Eland)

Driving back the Atantic side towards Cape Town the views just got better & better. In & out of mist, through the towns of Scarborough, Misty Cliffs ( well named), past the the tall lighthouse at Slangkop, to the pretty town of Kommetjie. There was a large township here with African women carrying their babies strapped to their backs & carrying loads on their heads. People were walking everyewhere on the streets & the area looked very poor.

We veered inland & came back at the coast at Noordhoek where the beach was incredibly wide & beautiful white sand where you could ride horses on the beach.

From here it got even better as we climbed higher along this windy road to Chapman's Point. The road was started in 1915 & took 7 years to complete & at points is carved out of the rock & you drive under the rock overhang. Every turn was more stunning in both directions. Big nets were strung across the cliffs to catch the rocks from falling on to the roads.

We stopped at the look out over Houts Bay - more stunnuingness with sheer steep mountains dropping into the ocean. Security Leigh was so excited about the beauty that she leapt out of the car to take photos leaving the car door open, bag on the front seat & no thought for security at all!!! Was serious beauty at this place!!

Drove down into Houts Bay to the fishing village where we wanted to see the seal that Leigh had laid on top of last time ( not in the water!). He was swimmimg beside the pier & putting his head out to look at us and we found out his name is Bittie Boy. On through Landudno - another gorgeous place

Next beautiful stop was a drink at the Twelve Apostles Hotel on the beach to watch the start of the sunset. So much nicer to live facing west where you can see the sun set into the ocean, than the east coast where there are no beautiful sunsets. We sat on the verandah of the Leopard Bar which was beautifully decorated.

We drove on through Camps Bay, Clifton & Sea Point where we watched the beautiful bright red sun slip into the ocean. Allalong the waterfront were people out walking & jogging & at one place the waves were breaking over the sea wall.

We arived back to the V & A waterfront to go into the Victoria Centre to eat again at our now all time favourite sushi resturant - Willoughby & co. Love the Rainbow Re -loaded rolls!!!!

Home for bubble bath & to crash. Love Cape Town !!!

Park near museum

Park near museum


Museum

Museum


Blue sky & Table Mountain

Blue sky & Table Mountain


In the park

In the park


Thatched cottage at Muzenberg Beach

Thatched cottage at Muzenberg Beach


Station on the beach

Station on the beach


Brad & I

Brad & I


Simons Town Naval buildings

Simons Town Naval buildings


Kalk Bay

Kalk Bay


Blubber pot

Blubber pot


Simons Town

Simons Town


Parked car at Boulder Beach

Parked car at Boulder Beach


Boulder Beach

Boulder Beach


Stunning Boulder Beach & Penguins

Stunning Boulder Beach & Penguins


Lots of Penguins

Lots of Penguins


Brad

Brad


Leigh wagging her finger at me!

Leigh wagging her finger at me!


On the move

On the move


Come on keep up!

Come on keep up!


Amazing singers

Amazing singers


Boulder Beach & Naval Station

Boulder Beach & Naval Station


Baboon on road

Baboon on road


Big Male Baboon

Big Male Baboon


Mist coming in as we near Cape Point

Mist coming in as we near Cape Point


Cape Point Restaurant & low mist

Cape Point Restaurant & low mist


Having lunch

Having lunch


Striped mouse eating our scraps

Striped mouse eating our scraps


Walking out from warm side to windy cool side

Walking out from warm side to windy cool side


Misty cool side

Misty cool side


Brad in poor visibility on Atlantic side

Brad in poor visibility on Atlantic side


Female Ostrich

Female Ostrich


Brad checking out the water

Brad checking out the water


Southern most point of Africa

Southern most point of Africa


Beach at  Noerdhoek

Beach at Noerdhoek


Looking towards Houts Bay

Looking towards Houts Bay


Driving under carved out rock

Driving under carved out rock


Tunnelled out rock

Tunnelled out rock


Windy road up Chapmans Peak

Windy road up Chapmans Peak


Stunning scenery at every turn

Stunning scenery at every turn


The top of the road

The top of the road


Houts bay from Chapmans Peak

Houts bay from Chapmans Peak


North of Chapmans Peak

North of Chapmans Peak


Brad & Houts Bay

Brad & Houts Bay


Houts Bay views

Houts Bay views


Magical mountains falling into the ocean

Magical mountains falling into the ocean


The road to Houts Bay

The road to Houts Bay


Across the bay

Across the bay


Ultra Light glider

Ultra Light glider


Fishing Village

Fishing Village


Houts Bay fishing

Houts Bay fishing


Bitty Boy the seal

Bitty Boy the seal


Hanging out

Hanging out


Mariners Village

Mariners Village


Twelve Apostles area

Twelve Apostles area


Leopard Bar

Leopard Bar


Looking towards Camps Bay

Looking towards Camps Bay


Twelve Apostle Hotel - Mark & Leigh

Twelve Apostle Hotel - Mark & Leigh


Twelve apostle Hotel - me

Twelve apostle Hotel - me


Sunset still a way off

Sunset still a way off


Twelve Apostles

Twelve Apostles


Lions Head Mountain

Lions Head Mountain


Sushi - Rainbow Re-Loaded

Sushi - Rainbow Re-Loaded


Willoughby & Co Restarant

Willoughby & Co Restarant


Brads favourite - tempura crab rolls

Brads favourite - tempura crab rolls

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in South Africa

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