Cape of Good Hope (Cape Point Nature Reserve and Cape Point)
Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point-what a beautiful place! It is the tip of Africa and where the Indian and Atlantic Ocean currents meet, but not the southern most tip of Africa, that is Cape Agulhas about 90 miles south of Cape Point. The Cape of Good Hope is the most famous of the two.
It is also the home of the legendary Flying Dutchman, the ghost ship that will forever sail the oceans. Captain Jack Sparrow was ne’er to be found, but it was fun seeing the water with whirlpools and imagining the sailing ships going up and down the coast.
We took a funicular to the top of Cape Point to get the best view. Of course ours was pirate themed!
Now this is a view!
The water is quite lovely
Watch out for the rocks below!
it is so pretty!
This was a secret WW2 radar station
Meet the African Penguins --Boulders Beach, Simonton –
We hopped aboard our trusty coach and after a few minutes we were at Boulders Beach, home to the endangered African penguins. Starting with just two breeding pairs in 1982 there are now over 2,200 penguins in the area. They were originally called the Jackass penguin because of the noise they make.
Who knew the B-52's would be here?
Very pretty, but which way to the penguins?
off in the distance. . .
500 Rand is about $65 USD--but don't do it!
"hi-ho, hi-ho, its home from work we go!"
these were the nesting grounds
The observation area was a raised platform like a long wooden dock above the beach, where you were close but not close enough to disturb the penguins. But when they went underneath the dock they got pretty close to you!
There are small shops along the walking route --the road to get to the penguins went right behind private homes, and the owners have to sometimes wait for the tourists to go by before they can turn in their own driveways!
We went down the beach to the Seaforth restaurant which had options ranging from a seafood plate that included prawns, local sustainable fish, crabcakes and mussels, to great salads to pizza, but with any choice on the menu you got a fabulous view of the ocean.
After lunch we had a little time to go shopping with the local vendors that are around just about every public area
Since we had packed so much into the day it was getting rather late, so we went straight to Gold Museum from the Cape. It was about a 2 hour drive back.
Celebration of Africa Dinner at the Gold of Africa Museum-
At the Gold museum we got a private tour and learned some of the history of gold and how it was used in the South African region.
After the tour we learned to play the Afrikaan drums!
The dinner consisted of a family style meal featuring food from the servers area of South Africa. It was a lot like tapas since we had small portions of a variety of South African dishes.
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Day 4 (Capetown)
Word of the day: Koeksister—a deep fried Afrikaan treat served crispy and covered in a sweet syrup.
On the way to Stellenbosch we got to see a wild ostrich with her newborn babies
This is a famous highway in Capetown. The funding ran out so the builder just stopped construction and it was left standing half finished. It is now in great demand for use by the movie industry!
Stellenbosch looks like a small german or dutch town, but with pure Africa around every corner.
The hydrangeas here are HUGE and the bushes are at least 5 feet tall.
The flowers here are so vibrant.
Cooking class in the South Africa school of Culinary Arts –we learned how to make Koeksisters (pronounced cook-sisters), a yummy doughnut like pastry that you can dip in syrup.
After the cooking lessons we headed to the Spier Wine Estate, where we would have a chance to take a bike ride or ride the bus the last mile or two through the vineyards to the winery. I chose to ride the bike, which was not a wise decision for me since it was a windy day. The road was soft dirt and I had not ridden a bike in about 20 years. I did finish the ride (it was not all that long) and I was considerate enough to not let anyone else feel bad by being the last one to finish, I took that role myself. Yes I was panting, huffing and puffing. I must say good thing there was not a sag wagon (on bike trips they follow the riders who need a ride to the finish line) or I would have taken that haha!
Moyo at the Spier Winery: Lunch in the trees—In South African all meat is called Venison, so the venison station usually had beef, chicken, and at least one other exotic meat. At Moyo I tasted springbok sausage, kudu and impala! There were many vegetable choices like sweet potato and a local dish called Putu pap, which is like porridge. There was always pomegranate and Putu pap available at every buffet.
going up to our table in the trees
Springbok sausage, Kudo and Impala. The Impala was the best.
There were a lot of rustic water features that added a nice touch to the restaurant.
camo chicken! (or is it camo rooster?)
she/he was pretty and calm
Wine tasting or Eagle encounter. I participated in the wine tasting The wine was from the Spier winery and we learned about the wines made and sold there.
Dinner on our own—After coming back to the hotel and taking a rest we ventured out in search of food. We ate fish and chips at a restaurant outside the mall attached to our hotel and shopped. The mall had many types of shops ranging from a Woolworths (nice crate and barrel type store) to shops that sold African furniture to a Gap.
This shop had fabulous porcupine quill lamps and great furniture.
Now it is time to pack and get ready for the second portion of our adventure--the Garden Route!