Cape Point

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Cape Point

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November, 2015

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At the end of our visit to South Africa, we spent a few days in Cape Town, from where we had a tour of the southern peninsula, with the destination of Cape Point.

The drive afforded spectacular views all around, from the western coast at Camps Bay and Hout Bay down to the two capes in the Table Mountain National Park. Cape Point is the southernmost point of the peninsula, the climb up either on foot or, especially for those of limited mobility, by funicular railway. It’s definitely worth the effort, as the panoramas from the top are truly stunning.

The Cape of Good Hope lies just to the west of Cape Point and, although more well known, is not quite as impressive. We stopped there for photo opportunities, and to see the wildlife on the coast – seals and cormorants! We were promised baboons (not in the sea!) but in spite of the attraction that tourists apparently hold for them, only saw the results of them rifling through litter bins!

The return journey took us up the eastern coastline, stopping at Boulders Beach to see the penguin colony that has settled there. We couldn’t believe how unaffected they seemed to be by the groups of tourists gazing at them and taking photos! We were convinced that some of them were even posing for us! The last stop before arriving back at the hotel was in Simonstown to visit the memorial to Just Nuisance, the only dog ever to be enlisted in the Royal Navy! But that’s another story.


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