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Published: April 29th 2015
Its our second day and we are off. Today we are heading towards Cape of Good Hope National Park. On our way we drove through the quaint town of Simon's Town and noticed a sign for Robots. Jared and I seemed confused by this, as we had no idea what sort of Robot to look for. We quickly realized this is what they call stop lights. AHHH, makes sense. We also saw a ton of warning signs for Baboons. Next thing you know we are on a mission to find the baboons. Apparently South Africa has an issue with baboons and breaking and entering your home to steal your food. So if you are having a picnic be aware of the baboons, unfortunately we have yet to come across them.
We finally reached our destination and entered the park. The drive in was not what we expected it to be. We were on a two lane road where the shrubs were short and it was quite rocky. And then we saw it, an Ostrich! Are you kidding me?? Roaming free in the park. Jared pulled over and started yelling and whistling at it immediately, "hey ostrich". He was of course
trying to get its attention for the perfect picture. I on the other hand, was terrified it was going to start charging the car. Once we reached the visitors center we parked and went in to have a look around. There was a coffee shop at the visitors center and saw an extremely funny sign, "Doors closed on account of baboons". We laughed and thought oh boy this is going to be fun, because we packed a picnic. After our quick visit to the visitor center and a couple of photos later we got back into the car and headed to our destination. Along the way we stumbled on the most amazing beach I've ever seen. It was something out of a movie. I can't describe the beauty that illuminated from the entire Atlantic Ocean, but we couldn't stop from taking pictures. This beach is known as Pegram's Point and is recommended to anyone taking a trip to South Africa. We've noticed that the beaches in South Africa are covered in dead Kelp and are very rocky. After a few 100 pictures and 10 selfies later we arrived at the Cape of Good Hope.
The Cape of Good Hope
is known as the meeting point for the Atlantic and Indian Ocean. The cliffs towering more than 7,874 feet above the sea level and you can see three clearly defined promontories- Cape of Good Hope, Cape Maclear and Cape Point. Jared and I climbed the stairs all the way to the top. My legs were shaking but Jared somehow didn't feel a thing. Once we got to the top, it was absolutely breathtaking. The views went on for miles and the colors of the water are indescribable. Not only did we take pictures, I had to go the bathroom, so I christened that part of the world too. Many stairs later we were down at the bottom and headed to see the lighthouse. This lighthouse is South Africa's brightest lighthouse. We decided not to climb the steep incline up, but rather experience the funicular. Once at the top we found signage that indicated how far away countries where from this exact point. For example New York is 7,736 miles away. 360 degree views of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, absolutely amazing.
Once we got back into the car, we decided to go check out the Ostrich farm we saw
when we entered. That part of the drive was disappointing as we only saw 2 Ostrich's out and about. It ended up being a waste of 15 mins, but we were able to capture the beauty of one Ostrich up close.
We arrived back into Simon's Town and had to stop at our favorite coffee shop for espresso, plus they offered free wifi. Also we finally found our power adapter. We were in business yet again!
Our day was filled with excitement and adventure and we thoroughly enjoyed everything we saw. For dinner we decided to head to a town called Hout Bay. We took the death defying Chapman's Peak drive there. This drive was incredible. Picture the drives you see in Italy and Monaco over looking the water with rocky cliffs. This was the type of road you wished you had a closed street and a Ferrari. For dinner we chose a place called Massimo's, partly because it was Italian but mostly because the reviews boasted about the wonderful Pizza. It did not disappoint.
Tomorrow will be another amazing day!
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