We got mugged...............by a baboon!!!!

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Hi Everyone,
     We are still in Cape Town thoroughly enjoying ourselves! We spent a day in wine country about 1 hour outside of the city.The country side was amazing with rolling green hills with a backdrop of mountains. We visited 4 different vineyards and had about 10 tastings at each winery!!! This is why we couldn't be bothered to take more wine tasting pictures. The wine flowed and we had a great time!      After spending a lazy week enjoying the beautiful white sands beaches, we met up with Teddy's friend Chris (we are very excited to have a friend after 6 months lol) and took a trip to the Cape Point with a stop to visit the Penguins. There is a large group of African penguins (formerly known as jackass penguins) that live on Boulder beach. There is a long wooden walkway through bushes, in these bushes are where the penguins nest, so the penguins are literally inches away from you, and they are adorable. 
Next stop was Cape Point, which is the (2nd) most southern tip of Africa. We drove through miles of reserve of low lying bush, the only thing that can survive the cape's strong winds, to the very tip.  We hiked up a trail to the light house, the views of where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet are incredible. After the hike we decided that we would treat ourselves to an ice cream bar. As we walked back to the car we suddenly found ourselves surrounded by the large baboons that populate the area. And they had there mind set on our ice cream. We picked up the pace in an attempt to reach the car before we were attacked. But we did not move fast enough because I suddenly found myself with a huge male baboon with his hands on my waist and his eye on the prize. I looked down and saw his 4 inch nails and froze in fear. I then heard the voice of reason (Teddy) shout for me to throw the ice cream. For a second I paused, this was the best ice cream that I had tasted since we left the states, and I had to feed it to the evil baboon, there must be another option. But then reality hit and I tossed the bar as far as I could. Left only with some very faint scratch marks on my waist, just another day in Africa.
 
      We decided to keep the adrenaline pumping and visit some more of Africa's wildlife, so we signed up for Great White Shark diving!!! Teddy had been talking about this day since we left the states! We were up early and took a 2 hour bus ride to Hermanus/ Shark country. We were given breakfast and a safety waiver that they were not responsible for Any Losses. (including limbs?) lol Then on to the boat, we were briefed on a lot of safety information, none of which we heard since we all had our eyes peeled for fins headed towards the boat. Then into our wet suits and down into the freezing water of the cage, we were the first ones in (by five minutes)!    Visibility was poor so when they shouted for you to go down you only saw the green water until the shark was slamming into the cage! The shear thrill of seeing a huge great white from the boat was intense, being in the water with them was mind blowing.
Our hearts were racing but we were too excited to be terrified. It wasn't until you were back on shore that you exhaled a sigh of relief. In total we saw 5 sharks, the largest being 9 feet. Teddy has also decided not to surf here. lol We finished off the day seeing 10 whales no more than 100 feet off shore.

      After playing with the wild life we decided to take in a little culture and took a boat ride over to Robbins Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of the 27 years he was incarcerated as a political prisoner.
His cell was tiny and he slept on a mat on the ground, until after 15 years they upgraded all prisoners to metal beds. Eight hours a day was spent pointlessly working in the rock quarry. After he was released he went on to become the greatest president in South Africa's history. The island also had the second largest colony of Penguins in the world. 
     
The time has come for us to head into the bush..... wish us luck,
Teddy and Brooklyn 
     
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