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Off to Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope today. We thought we would pop into Boulders Beach to see the penguins on route. We headed south and stopped at various viewing points to look at the sea. At one stop we spotted a very large fish/mammal in the sea. It didn’t look or move anything like the whales we saw at Hermanus, but we do know it had a very large fin and was quite a size. We honestly couldn’t say what it was, but it was lovely to see, none the less. We saw plenty of penguins at Boulders Beach. They really are cheeky little things and not at all camera shy. They get everywhere and waddle around without a care. You have to check under your car before you leave just in case ... read more
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July 8th Time does fly when you’re having a good time, doesn’t it?? It’s been nearly a month now since I took the time to write about my travels and the guilt is starting to set in. I’ll do my best to recall the events that happened on the 8th of July, 2010. The night before I had made plans with Nicio, Fabio, and Lucas to head with them to Cape Point, also known as the Cape of Good Hope. The Brazilians found a cheap place to rent a car and after they had acquired four wheels they came to Mowbray to pick me up. By the time we set out on the road it was afternoon and the sun was shining on what looked to be a beautiful day. We followed the same route as ... read more
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About an hour away is the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. It was a short afternoon adventure after Woodstock. We drove there all along the coast on this toll road, which passes by Chapman’s Peak. SO beautiful. This place is really magical. On the toll road we went through a half tunnel that was blown out of the rock. You will see pictures it was super neat. This is the western most part of South Africa and supposedly where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean. It is a stunning view of the mountains on all sides, greenish blue clear water, whale watching, a little hiking and a couple of light houses. We saw wild ostriches, baboons, antelope and only one whale. It wasn’t the most beautiful day, but it was something that I ... read more
Chapman's Peak
Chapman peak's toll road

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape of Good Hope April 26th 2010

Breakfast at 08h00; luxury! Walk downstairs, through the kitchen and into the garden; luxury! Almost as good as having breakfast in the bush! Although we're in Cape Town, there will be a bit of travelling today as we're going around the peninsula. As always, we set of on time and started the journey by driving passed a number of retirement homes. Bantry Bay, Clifton and Camps Bay were ticked off - all very nice properties perched on the cliffs on very nice beaches. Continuing, we went on though Llandudno and on to Hout Bay, which got its name from the wooded, sheltered valley where ships could be repaired. Now Hout Bay is a major fishing area. Stopping to pay a toll, we began probably the most spectacular part of the peninsula tour - Chapman's Peak Drive. ... read more
Chapman's Bay
Cape Point
View from Cape Point

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape of Good Hope April 16th 2010

Today we are signed up for the 8 ½ hour Cape Peninsula tour that will take us to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, and to Boulders Beach to see the African penguins. Our last stop is the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. The Cape of Good Hope is the rocky headland on the Atlantic coast of South Africa. There is a common misconception that the Cape of Good Hope is the southern tip of South Africa because it was once believed to be the dividing line between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Actually, the southern most point is Cape Agulhas, about 90 miles to the east-southeast. The Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet at the point where the warm water Agulhas current meets the cold water Benguela current, about one kilometer east of the Cape ... read more
A Small Bay
Beauiful Everything!
Amazing Coastline

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape of Good Hope March 27th 2010

We have hit Capetown. And with end of trip celebrations pleasant but - in parts - relatively hazy memories, it might reasonably be said that some of us hit it pretty hard. This post covers the 10 days that it took for us to travel from east of Swakopmund down to Cape Town mainly through Namibia, passing through the Sesrien National Park, Keetmanshoop, the Fish River Canyon, Orange River and into the Western Cape of South Africa on a big run to the Cape of Good Hope and Capetown. We have the adventure/activity stuff at Swakopmund, long desert drives and along the way the magnificence of Spitzkoppe, Sesrien and the Fish River Canyon with the opportunity to see cheetahs up close and personal at Keetmanshoop. I mentioned in a previous post that Namib means flat, dry ... read more
Spitzkoppe again

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape of Good Hope February 15th 2010

Welcome zum zweiten Teil unseres Abenteuers. Die Zeit vergeht wie im Fluge und wir sind bereits seit ueber 3 Monaten hier. Diesmal findet Ihr unten die Geschichten vom New Years Eve, PicNic, Geburtstagsfest, Ausflug nach Knysna und Kap der guten Hoffnung - sowie erstmals TIERE :) Viel Spass beim lesen und/oder Fotos anschauen (dieswmal knapp ueber 50) New Years Eve Neujahr verbrachten wir mit Freunden von Juan. Kaum Hallo gesagt, verkündete Juan auch gleich, das dies der Abend werden sollte, an dem er Ramona das erste mal betrunken sieht, und dass, egal wer was trinkt, ich davon auch jedes mal mittrinken soll. Dementsprechend lustig wurde es auch, je länger der Abend dauerte. Das Ganze war eine Hausparty, die Männer (und ich) tranken, die Frauen blieben bei Kaffe, Kuchen und Babys versorgen. Ich erinnere mich gerne an ... read more
My Birthday
Dinner location

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape of Good Hope December 28th 2009

We are back in South Africa and shockingly back in civilization. It's as if we came out of the jungle bewildered and to the posh sophisticates of Cape Town, I am very sure we looked that way. The change from a few hundred kilometers up the coast is significant, but in a way no different than if we tried to compare an experience in Boston with a small seaside town in the South. Cape Town is absolutely amazing, a huge divergence from Jozie. The Westin Grand is also leaps and bounds away from the scrubby Hilton. We had dinner at a mediocre Indian restaurant on the Victoria & Albert Waterfront last night, this is the revitalized port area of the old city. There are many shops and restaurants there and we are sure to return there ... read more
V&A Waterfront at Night
On Hout Bay
Tourist Attraction

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape of Good Hope December 6th 2009

So having spent a peaceful night in Stellenbosch it was time to set off for the Cape of Good Hope and Paula and I's last full day together in the car. Breakfast turned into a disaster as the night before I had picked up some bread in the supermarket and that morning we soon learned why it was the only bread left on the shelves as it was as solid and heavy as a rock and after one slice it was settled in the stomach like a layer of cement. Needless to say it was decided that the rest of the loaf could be donated to any other travel who dared eat it! With a rough idea of which way we were heading (which involved driving through the centre of Cape Town we set off). The ... read more
Chapmans Peak
Long Beach
Guess where I am!

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape of Good Hope November 16th 2009

Slept like a baby, was tired after the trek yesterday, didn't know I had so many bones that could ache :) Made plans to stay at Cape Town tonight and go to Stellenbosch tomorrow, taking BazBus (that's the backpackers bus here) and will be staying at a dorm. Let's see how my community living experience turns out :) On my way to Cape Point from the cottage, I saw Ostriches. And when we reached Cape Point, realized that I had forgotten to drop the keys off, so had to go back. Well, as they say, something good comes out of everything, saw an Eland on my way to drop the keys, that's the largest Antelope here and a sighting is rare (they run away hearing traffic noise). Got to Cape Point, took the funicular up (its ... read more
Nature Reserve
View from funicular
Cape Point

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