Saturday April 11, 2015 (Africa, South Africa)
Well now that I’ve done some reading about the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, I must say I’m a bit disappointed. For some reason, I thought it was the southernmost point of Africa. Wrong. I also thought maybe it divided the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Wrong. These titles seem to belong to Cape Agulhas about 150km away. That being said, it sure made a nice drive and a great day trip!
To start off with, there’s a bonus shot that Ivy took of us sleeping on the boat back from Robben Island. It’s incredibly cute and you will love it. There’s a heap of drool accumulating on my sleeve as this shot is taken. Beauty.
Next up are the photos from the Capes. You can walk between Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope. There’s a lighthouse on Cape Point — it used to have the most powerful lamp in the world at 19 million candles! Now it’s a mere 10 million candles, but ships can still see it from about 63km away.
The neat thing about visiting these areas is the wildlife. And by wildlife I mean baboons, which I came to start calling “booners”, for the frequency with which we encountered them. “Sandra, big booner over here!”, I would say.
We saw elands and some various impalas grazing right in the cape area. We counted ourselves lucky because we read that it’s fairly rare to see large mammals in the region. Save for the baboons, of which we saw many, including mamas holding cute booner babies that touch street signs!
On the drive back from the capes to Cape Town, we drove past some wild zebras! All these amazing wildlife sightings, and we’re not even in a game park. This is how I was hoping Africa worked.
We drove past an area (with lots of surfers!) called Misty Cliffs. Appropriately enough it was quite misty at the time. The sun was just setting, and we grabbed some pictures of people playing on the sand dunes enshrouded in the mist. Epic. If I were a big bad boss with a crazy telephoto lens, you might be more impressed with the shots, but alas you’ll have to deal with some wide-anglish attempts!
Photo credit for the sexy “from behind hair flowing” shot of Sandra goes to Ivy. We had to include that one in the mix!
Tomorrow we do a township tour (please don’t die, please don’t die) and then head out into wine country. Internet will probably suffer as a result, but we will try valiantly to keep up this torrid pace of authorship!