Some of the suburbs of Cape Town include Camps Bay, Hout Bay, Simon’s Town and Fish Hoek. You have to drive a bit out of the city to get down to the coast where people spend time at the beaches and enjoy the ocean. The city is more of a harbor, so it’s good to get out of town. Plus, the penguins live down south at Boulder’s Beach so we HAD to go see them for sure. We signed up for another tour to drive us down there for the day, we got picked up around 8:30 and didn’t make it back until about 5:00. After we added on the Victoria Falls part of our trip, we realized that we had to get the most out of our Cape Town time, so ended up booking a lot of tours to get the most out of our time; that strategy seemed to work well, but we were exhausted at the end of each day!
Our plan for the day was to go to Camps Bay, Hout Bay, Fish Hoek Bay and see penguins at Boulder’s Beach and then go to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, which we both liked better than we thought we would.
Here’s a view of Lion’s Head and the 12 apostles – the mountain range that surrounds Cape Town is called Table Mountain
Enjoy this view of Table Mountain – we’re going there tomorrow and the weather shouldn’t be this nice. It’s the flat spot on the mountain in the middle of the photo.
This is one of the first beaches along the coast, it’s called Camps Bay – kinda like a suburb of Cape Town. We had to detour a little bit up above this city because there were protests in Hout’s Bay – something related to low income housing maybe? They were blocking the streets, so our driver had to make a quick decision and go up above the bay into the mountains versus along the coast.
What a nice day! Highs got up to about 60 degrees today. Awesome!
We drove down to the Cape of Good Hope. It used to be called Cape of Good Storms. This is the most south-western point of Africa.
A lot of people think it’s the most southern part of the continent, but it’s actually a peninsula see map and really not. The most southern part would be Cape Agulhas. But we were pretty close, still the closest I’ve been to Antartica!
At the Cape of Good hope there are two lighthouses (I’ve always been a sucker for lighthouses since I first saw Splitrock in Minnesota), this one was originally built, but ships kept crashing into the rock below it and in storms, the lighthouse would end up in the clouds. It was too high.
You can see the new lighthouse at the end of the rock – it’s a tiny white one. You can’t even see the old one in this photo, it would be too far left off the photo. It’s a good thing they built a new one, huh?
Pretty view from near the old lighthouse
Chris thinks this would be a great Facebook profile photo, apparently.
AfThe African penguin is only found on the south-western coast of Africa, living in colonies on 24 islands and Boulder’s Beach. These penguins are on the endangered species list mainly from oil spills in the Cape, competition from commercial fisheries and loss of native habitat.
We think this looks a lot like our Penguin-dog.. they both have white bellies with spots. Except Penguin-dog as more of a black neck.
In case you forgot what Penguin looks like, here she is! Isn’t she just the cutest? She stayed home with Kim and Julie, they both watched her for some time, I hope she’s having a fun time. This is from the winter when we walked to get bagels for breakfast and it was humid cold out and she and I both got frost on us.
Mamma penguin with two babies behind her, the babies were likely born between March and May and are “molting” meaning their fur is turning to feathers. They can’t swim until they have feathers, so the parents have to go get food.
I think we want to take this little guy home and name him Dog.
The penguin standing up is likely watching the babies, who are all huddled together, maybe trying to stay warm, it wasn’t all that cold, but is still winter-time for them. The ones sitting around nearby could have eggs under them. From what I can tell, these penguins spend a lot of winter breeding and helping their young.
We stopped at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden next and honestly weren’t that excited about that part of the trip, but got into it more than we thought we would. Tom and Julie would have loved it – it was like the Minnesota Arboretum, but Africa version- more rainforest type plants (Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate) than dry desert plants (like where we were on our safari) We both thought this flower looked like a bird.
Maybe this looks like fireworks coming out on an aloe plant?
There was this really cool tree canopy walk, it felt like you were walking up in the trees.
Another view from the canopy walk
Playing nice with his game of sneaky photos now..
For dinner we went to a brewery, drinks were on Sharon, John and Ray! Thanks guys!