A full and complete day!
On our recent South Africa holiday, Tasha and I spent an entire day exploring points south of Cape Town. And it was epic.
Sandra from Africa Dynamics set us up with a wonderful tour guide–Albert Pote. Albert picked us up at our apartment and the day started with a stop at Hout Bay–a little fishing village with a lovely marina. Lots of sea life makes this a popular spot to view seals.
From there we wandered down the coast and over some hills with incredible vistas including beautiful Long Beach.
Albert stopped at an ostrich ranch. He taught the finer points of feeding these HUGE birds!
From there we entered the Table Mountain National Park. The pincushion flowers were spectacular.
Lunch was at the incredible Two Oceans restaurant at Cape Point. Albert had arranged an amazing table overlooking False Bay. The restaurant is open air and the views are as good as the food! Birds and baboons also enjoy the Two Oceans, so squirt bottles are placed strategically along the railing–guests and staff “encourage” the creatures to move along with a well placed squirt of water!
Following our lunch, we took the Funicular (cable car) to the top of Cape Point. It was bustling with tourists, but Albert expertly guided us to the best vantage points where we took photos and simply soaked in the location–the southern-most tip of Africa. Also, we could see the delineation of the two oceans–Indian and Atlantic.
Well, actually, that’s not quite true–the oceans don’t seem to mind where they co-mingle! However, tradition suggests that Cape Point is the meeting place of these 2 bodies of water.
Albert recommended hiking between Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. Since the weather was glorious (again!) and the views promised to be spectacular, we strolled along the well maintained board walk/path hugging the coast line high above the beach. Tasha and I loved every moment of this hike.
From here we traveled north and stopped at Boulders Beach in Simonstown where the ever popular African Penguins hang out. These adorable creatures were formally known as Jack Ass Penguins due to their distinctive mating calls! Everyone loves penguins! So it was pretty busy here, however, once again, Albert knew the best place to view and take pictures. A lovely boardwalk lead us through a wooded area where we saw the penguins’ burrows (nests). As we approached the beach we were delighted by these sweet birds–waddling on the beach, swimming in the surf, falling/jumping off boulders in the water…mesmerizing! Definitely worth stopping here for awhile!
And just like that, our very full day of sightseeing drew to a close!
If you have the chance to explore this remarkable area, I recommend a tour with Albert. He immediately understood the type of activity we enjoyed and tailored the day to suit us. Albert’s knowledge of the area, history, culture, sights etc. was impressive. He also suggested some other activities to take in during the rest of our holiday–and offered to help us book reservations. We took him up on his generous offer and in my next post, you’ll see how much we really enjoyed them!