Western Cape Tour - Wine, Whales and Penguins

Trip Start Jan 31, 2005
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Trip End Mar 30, 2006


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Thursday, August 18, 2005

So, picking up where we left off, we finished our five week road trip around South Africa and returned to Cape Town to rest, sort out a few things and visit a few museums. Suddenly six days had passed, and we decided to rent a car for another week to hit the road to see the sites of the province of Western Cape (in which Cape Town is located). It was a fast and fun week. We saw some beautiful and rugged coastal landscapes north and east of Cape Town, vineyards surrounded by snow-topped hills, citrus plantations and immense fields of spring-green shoots. We also got a bit of a marine wildlife fix, watching a few whales bobbing up and down in the waters around the little seaside town of Hermanus (self-proclaimed land-based whale watching capital of the world) and huge colonies of funny penguins at Simon's Town, near the Cape of Good Hope. We tasted lots of good wine in the Cape wine regions, both the well-known vineyards in the ritzy Cape Town suburb of Constantia, as well as lesser known areas around the small cities of Worchester and Robertson. We ended our road trip with a visit to the national park that includes Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. This ended up being a fascinating environment with uniquely adapted plants (high winds, extreme temperatures), wild ostriches and lots of baboons, as well as some beautifully rugged cliffs towering over multi-colored ocean (two major currents, one warm and one cold, meet at the Cape of Good Hope). We will include a few more stories about our week in the photos.
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