|Hi! We successfully made it to Cape Town, SA on Sunday after two long days of traveling and a total of 20 hours of air time. We were greeted by our wonderful host/guide at the airport, Noel (“Nole”). Got checked into the hotel and then ventured out to the V&A Waterfront area for dinner. Sunday night so it was a little slow but neat area with shops, bars and restaurants on the water. Terrific dinner with gourmet burgers and miikshakes (120 flavors)!
Monday, Noel picked us up bright and early....overslept so we missed breakfast.....but had an outstanding day with our private guide touring the entire peninsula. Noel was a wealth of knowledge about the area and history of Cape Town. Learned so much! We made the trek down the western coast with several stops along the way and made it to the Cape of Good Hope and took the funicular (cable railway on a slope) to the lighthouse at the top of Cape Point. Beautiful views! Wild baboons are in the area and sure enough we saw a mom and baby and another female. They are very aggressive so it was windows up..but we did get a few photos. We traveled back heading north along the eastern coast with a stop for lunch outside (sunny and beautiful but a little chilly). Its pretty cool here...just entering spring from winter season so temps are around 50s-60s. After lunch we went to the African penguins colony on Boulder Beach. Tons of penguins just chilling on the beach! They also share the area with hyrax (4 legged furry animal). So neat!! We continued on north and safely made it back to the hotel around 6pm. Truly learned a lot about the area and what life is like here before and after the apartheid.
Today, Sept 4th, we were on our own so we decided to walk to the area called Bo Kaap (aka Cape Malay Quarter) known for the brightly colored homes. This area was founded by slaves in the 1700s from Malaysia, Indonesia and other parts of Africa. The slaves were emancipated in 1834 and the brightly colored homes are attributed to their expression of freedom. This area is also know for the Auwaal Mosque, the first mosque build in all of South Africa. From there we went on to Green Market Square, where we had hoped to do a little shopping but I must admit they were a little too aggressive including the children panhandlers. We did pick up a few things in a local shop but decided to head back to the hotel. We went back to the Waterfront area for some lunch and shopping before the rain and winds came in. We were able to make a run for the post office and already shipped some items back home. :) Another great day in Cape Town! Strong winds and rain have moved in so it is time to pack up for our flight to Kruger National Park tomorrow morning. First safari is tomorrow afternoon!
I have attached a few photos. Enjoy!
Sending hugs and much love from Cape Town!