Coastal Tour - Cape of Good Hope - Cape Point
27.06.2010 - 27.06.2010 11 °C
Much better start to the day after a cool night. Cool breeze but still some cloud on Table Mountain. Timothy decided it would be best to do the Cape Peninsula Tour and hope for an even better day on the mountain tomorrow.
Drove through down town and some classy surburban sections of Cape Town before our first stop at Hout Bay. Spectacular run along the coastal cliffs around Chapman's Peak. Azure blue water rolling in on sandy white beaches or crashing into sheer cliffs. The early morning sunlight casting interesting patterns on the swell as clouds moved quickly overhead.
Dropped in at Scarborough Beach so that Rob could demonstrate a "Pommie swim" to Timothy. He kept asking "You are really going to go swimming??" How poetic that there was a Scarborough Beach for his demonstration. As we had now "turned the corner" the wind was really howling in off the Atlantic and the sun was struggling to warm us up. We moved down the beach with an incredulous Tim; Rob dutifully removed his shoes, rolled up his jeans and donned his four-cornered hankie. Unfortunately he did not have a jacket an had to improvise a tie which would have completed the picture of his sartorially dressed father going for a swim at Blackpool. Never one to let the truth get in the way of a good story he walked in up to his ankles. Photos dutifully taken we returned to the car and turned up the heater to dry out his pants.
Next stop was the Cape of Good Hope. I have now been at the most south-westerly point of Australia and Africa - just leaves South America to go.........maybe 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Hopefully I can get Sue to go before then so that I can avoid more of "the beautiful game".
Timothy suggested that we might like to walk across to Cape Point. "Because, you guys like to get right into things - it is not too difficult a walk". He was correct - it wasn't that difficult or far if you stuck to the easy track!! Your intrepid explorers did get somewhat off the beaten track a couple of times - good thing the girls were not with us. Fantastic views of a most spectacular coastline.
Timothy drove around to the Point and was so concerned about us that he walked at least 100 metres down the track to look for us. More spectacular views looking out to where the two oceans come together.
After lunch we went looking for the ostrich that Robert wanted to photograph on our way to the CoGH - Tim and I said "No - its just an ostrich!" A loop back towards the Cape brought a veritable flock of ostrich. Timothy took the opportunity to demonstrate how guides can get even with annoying clients by ensuring that they do not see what they have been demanding to see. As the ostriches loomed into view on the seaward side of the road he pointed out the three impala or zebra far off on a hill on the other side of the road. We didn't see the ostrich until we had given up and agreed to continue our journey after a U-turn.
On round the other side of the peninsula to Boulder Beach for a quick look at one of the two colonies of Jackass penguins on the mainland. Not nearly as cute as emporer penguins.
Back to Stellenbosch for dinner at the Moyo restaurant. Met a South African family who invited us to join them at their table. Very pleasant evening was had by all.