Touring in the Sun

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

17th July – Cape Peninsula Tour

The last of ours day tours through BazBus was along the Cape Peninsula all the way down to Cape Point. Rich decided to join us last minute (as he did most things) and we set off for another day out.  Our first stop was to Hout Bay where normally people would do a boat tour to a seal colony; however no one on our boat was bothered so we had a bit of a walk and meander through the market stalls for half an hour before moving on.  We drove through Chapman's Peak to some amazing sites of the bay whilst we had a coffee and muffin.

We drove through Simons Town; a town that literally felt like home due to a British presence from 20 years ago and a large ex-pat community.  And Simon’s town is where the famous Boulders Beach is with the penguins!  It was about time Laura and I saw penguins following out epic fail in New Zealand!  And we didn’t just see one, we didn’t just see loads, we saw babies as well!  They’re soooo fluffy, but I think would actually look cuter if they were just smaller versions of the adults.  3 penguins gave us a good video of the 'penguins march’, maybe not as far emperor penguins go in the Antarctic, as this was only about 50m, but funny none-the-less, especially when they get swept up by the waves!  But the funniest penguin was one that had set up camp outside someone’s house, far from the rest of the penguins, in a bush!  Very random, but cute and probably the most-photographed penguin of the lot!

Our next stop was Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve where we had a very scenic cycle ride through the baron grasslands of the national park.  This helped me confirm just how unfit I am as I could barely cycle up a small hill before wanting to stop due to being out of breath and my knees hurting; oh dear!  But we were cycling for a reason; lunch!  It was listed in the advert as a picnic and it really was; rolls with chicken, cheese, salad, mayo, ketchup, crisps, fruit and juice.  Reminded me of home a lot (even though I don’t think I’ve had a picnic with my family for years!).  I had 2 rolls...just to add to my overall fitness :S

And to continue to prove my depressing state of being unfit, the next stop was a walk UP to Cape Point.  This consisted of a rather large amount of stairs and slanted paths up to a viewing point at the most southerly point of Africa; though it didn’t feel like it after having had perfect weather all day and all being rather warm when we reached the top in our skinny jeans!  But the views were definitely worth the walk, with a 360 view from the light house at the top.  A pretty amazing place really.

The walk down was obviously of little problem due it being an easy, slow descent and at the bottom we made a failed attempt to search for ice creams.  We continued to walk along the coastline to the actual most southern point of Africa; I got rather confused at this point as I’d missed the actual description from the tour guide.  This was probably because we’d kind of detoured from the route our guide was taking as we’d been distracted by some cute rodent like animals walking around; can’t remember what they’re called, another thing we didn’t really listen to...oops!  After a few of these weird things came right up to me and my camera, it was time to walk back down to the bus and get the ‘must-have’ tourist picture at the Cape Point sign.

A brilliant day made better by absolutely amazing weather!  And the day was improved further by treating ourselves to a game platter for dinner; Kudu, ostrich, venison, springbok and alligator.  I think ostrich is by far my favourite, being the most tender and tasty.  A brilliant day :)
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