South Africa: To the Cape of Good Hope

A Local Resident, a Southern Right Whale.

A Local Resident, a Southern Right Whale.

Off around the coast today with our South African guide, Karin. We started out with the beach-front suburbs and beautiful homes along the hills; then the 12 Apostles (and no, they don’t have individual names); Hout Bay; the fabulous Chapman’s Peak drive and eventually into Table Mountain National Park to visit the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point.

We could not have ordered a better day of incredible weather! Once we were at the Cape Point Lighthouse, we did a hike, for about an hour, to the Cape of Good Hope. Photos don’t do it justice – they just don’t capture the ruggedness, stiff breeze or cool chill in the air, much less the sounds of the waves crashing on the rocks far below, the smell of salt air and an incredible sense of beautiful isolation.

We continued our trip around the coast to Simon’s Town, it’s famous False Bay and the “Boulders” where we visited the really cute African Penguin colony at Foxy Beach.

By now, it was late in the day and we had worked up quite an appetite – so off to Kalk Bay for another incredible seafood meal, this time at the Harbour House restaurant hanging right out over the Atlantic.

After resting and refueling, we headed back towards town and made a stop at Kirstenbosch, the national botanical garden. What a wonderful way to end an amazing day.

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