Beautiful Cape Town

Trip Start May 20, 2010
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Trip End Sep 05, 2011


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Flag of South Africa  , Western Cape,
Thursday, August 4, 2011

DOMINIQUE HERE:

Day : 435
Temperature : 26 degrees
Weather : Gorgeous!

Ah, how I love the winter in Cape Town…….26 degrees and blue skies…..yes, beautiful warm sunshine I've missed you dearly!  I’d better not think about the fact that after 15 months on the road we are returning to Blighty in the next few weeks!  No, let’s not go there, we still have a whole bunch of adventures ahead until then….

So, after the ostrich adventures on Route 62 we drove down to the south coast to Gansbaii in the hope that we may see some whales in the bay. Apparently, the Southern Rights come here from Antarctica to give birth in the winter months and this is one of the best land based whale watching  in the world. The area was beautiful. The town was situated in a bay with rocky cliffs which drop down to the ocean.  There were huge, monstrous waves, with spray blowing off their peaks as they came roaring towards the shore, and then with a booming crashes they hit the rocks sending spray towering into the sky.

We sat for several hours in the hope of seeing some whales, but unfortunately they didn’t seem to be around. We may have hung around for a couple of days to see them, but we have had plenty of whale adventures over the past few weeks including swimming with a pod of 10 humpbacks during the Sardine Run last month! And so we decided to leave Gansbaii for Cape Aguilas. This is the most southerly point on the African continent, where the warm waters of the Indian ocean meet the freezing waters of the Atlantic. We were met with more incredibly beautiful scenery…waves and rocks, and pebbly beaches covered in dried sea kelp. We did the compulsory posing for photos on the monument that marks the most southerly point and then headed towards Cape Town.

Cape Town has a beautiful setting at the foot of the stunning Table Mountain. It has a completely different feel than other cities and towns in South Africa. You could almost be anywhere in the world. There is less security and barbed wire around all the properties which means you feel a little safer….although we have heard that many a traveller are lured by it’s relaxed atmosphere and let their guard down, only to become a victim of crime as a result.  It has a very cosmopolitan atmosphere, a beautiful waterfront and many shopping malls, restaurants and cafes. The beaches along the northern shore give spectacular views of table mountain…and just the place to get that classic Cape Town photograph.

Unfortunately the cable car was not working when we were there, meaning that we couldn’t go up Table Mountain….well, we could have walked, but it’s over 1000m in altitude and so we opted for a trip to see the endangered penguins near Boulders beach instead. Not only were there penguins, but there were thousands upon thousands of cormorants on the beach, which eventually, in the space of 5 minutes all took off together and flew away in the most incredible fashion. I think most people were more impressed with the cormorants than the penguins!

Now for some good news, after huge amount of hassles, phone calls and emails, my lost bag has eventually turned up in the post!! Yay! This means that after nearly 10 days without my toiletries, makeup or hairdryer I can now wash….and dry my hair. Of course all these items were replaceable, but my bag, onto which I have sewn a patch of each of the countries flag that we have visited on this trip would be much more difficult to replace…I am never letting it out of my sight again!! Phew.

So with everything  well, all bags and belongings accounted for, a huge box of groceries and our car filled up in fuel we set of north….a new country awaits.
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