Trip Start May 06, 2010
79Trip End Dec 17, 2010
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Where I stayed
Volunteer House, Kloofnek
We headed down to Simons Town which is very small and very quaint and had a late breakfast in a cafe in the harbour. Then we went to Boulders Bay to see the penguin colony. Unfortunately on arrival I had an accident with my camera and it fell into wet sand and now doesn't work. I was gutted, I managed to get a few pictures out of it but it now keeps saying system error and won't do anything. I am taking it to a shop tomorrow to see if it can be fixed but I doubt it, sand + camera = disaster. Sure I will have to get a new one so that's a chunk out of my S Africa budget!!
The penguin colony wasn't as well populated as it is in summer here but we did see a fair amount of penguins and they had babies with them which were really cute so it was lovely to see
We had lunch at the Black Marlin before heading down to Cape Point National Park. We are starting to experience the negative aspects of the World Cup in that all prices have been inflated in anticipation of mass visitors. The taxi driver said the NP entrance fee was 45 rand a couple of months ago and it was 75 when we were there so it's gone up a fair bit. It is however worth it. The National Park is beautiful. We walked up to the Cape Point lighthouse which is an easy walk. It is all steps so no trekking required and it only takes about 10 minutes. The views are spectacular, the coast line is stunning. We then did the cliff path walk to the most easterly point of Capetown. That walk is fairly easy too and takes about an hour. Again lovely views and well worth the effort.
We saw 3 ostriches on the way who didn't seem to be bothered by our presence at all, they are obviously used to tourists. It is quite surreal though to suddenly stumble across them. They look like massive boulders at first and then they move. They are really big which I know is a stupid comment to make but it is one thing seeing them on TV and quite another being 3 feet away from one!! There were also lots of Dassies along the coastal paths. They are small furry creatures which look a little bit like beavers
We went out for dinner on Friday night to a local Chinese- all you could eat for the equivalent of 7 pounds Stirling! We then went out in town to Dubliners on Long Street, dancing and a couple of beers, all good fun.
We went to Robben Island yesterday. We were lucky that it was another beautiful day so the ferry had no problems crossing over. The island is much bigger that I thought it would be. We saw loads of seals on the way over and the view of Capetown and Table Mountain from the boat is stunning. (You can imagine how gutted I am about my camera as I have no photos!)
The visit to the island wasn't quite what I was expecting
I am glad I went but I expected to have a more emotional journey I suppose. When I visited the Jewish quarter in Prague I felt quite haunted by it for a while afterwards in terms of what I had seen and heard and I expected to feel the same after Robben Island but it doesn't have an impact that way at all.
In the evening we went to see the local rugby team, "The Stormers", play in their semi final cup match. The stadium was huge- 58,000 capacity and the atmosphere was really good
Having a chill day today, weather isn't quite so good and it's been quite an expensive weekend all in all so watching the budget!