After seeing the penguins at Boulder’s Beach, we get back on the coach to The Cape of Good Hope. Again, it is still early so we beat the crowds. But, Rob our tour guide, would have been willing to fight the crowds for our photo opportunity. (Any people in the picture are from our own tour group!)
We are there! At the most south-western point of Africa where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans collide.
Some wild weather comes in rather quickly. It went from sunny to stormy.
It is windy, too. But, another chance for a photo before it rains, briefly.
We then take a short drive to Cape Point. This is a little further south. But wait, The Cape of Good Hope boasts that it is the most south-western point of the African continent. What, then is Cape Point? Although it is further south, I guess it is not further west!
We manage to get one photo of an ostrich sitting by the side of the road.
It’s a long climb to the top of Cape Point.
We are warned about the baboons, but we don’t see any. The only wildlife is a small gecko.
Our next stop is Simon’s Town on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula. We take a short boat ride out to Seal Island. The island is aptly named because it is home to hundreds of Cape Fur Seals.
A photo before we leave on our eleven hour flight to Cape Town. I wish I could say that I was well rested by the time we landed, but turbulence all the way down Africa does not make for good sleeping.
Landing at Cape Town International Airport is a dream compared with arriving in the USA. We expect passport control to be tough because this is what we’re used to when entering the USA but the immigration officer is very friendly and apologizes for the weather–cool and cloudy. And whoopee our bags are waiting for us.
My first impressions of South Africa is that the people are very friendly. First the immigration officer and then our cab driver is very welcoming. It’s about 18km from the airport to our hotel–the Mount Nelson. The cab turns to pass through a grand white archway, stops for a guard to raise the barrier and then we proceed up a long driveway flanked by tall palm trees.
We have a view of Table Mountain from our hotel room. I can’t wait for the cloud to lift!
The hotel is a beautiful pink old colonial building. A glimpse of former times.
A cup of tea on the terrace before we head up to our room to freshen up from our 40 hour door-to-door journey from Massachusetts.
Then it’s down to the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town for lunch.
One could choose from Ostrich, Wildebeest, Kudu (a type of antelope), Springbok and many other types of game.
But I decide to have a local fish called Kingklip. It reminds me of Mai Mai. Not my favourite type of fish but still enjoyable.
At the Waterfront there are four larger bronzed statues of characters central to South Africa’s move from apartheid to democracy: Albert Luthuli, Desmond Tutu, FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela. This is in Nobel Square. I did not know this, but all four won the nobel peace prize. You can read more about these men here.