Cape Town: Day 2

Our second day in Cape Town included another round of fabulous views…

Barr jumping for joy

Barr jumping for joy

We had set up a bike and full cape and peninsula tour with Day Trippers in Cape Town. The bus picked us up at the hotel and we headed south for our first stop of the day in Hout Bay to see the seals! Here’s our route so you can follow along:

Courtesy of Day Trippers site

Courtesy of Day Trippers site

At Hout Bay, we boarded a boat for a quick 45 minute trip to see the seals (not to mention awesome views).

Just a casual seal to feed

Just a casual seal to feed (washed my hands about 1,000 times after this experience)

Seals

Seals

Barr & I

Barr & I

From Hout Bay, the bus took us a bit further to Chapman’s Peak for some more photo ops – these are from the peak, looking down at Hout Bay below:

From Chapman's Peak

From Chapman’s Peak

Chapman's Peak

Chapman’s Peak

The next stop was one we were really looking forward to: Boulders Penguin Colony! African Penguins galore – we were in heaven (so would my two favorite penguin lovers, Mema and Mike ;)) You could stroll along the beach on a wooden raised walkway and any which way you turned, you would see hundreds of penguins just waddling around – you couldnt help but smile!

I know there are no penguins, but isnt the water an awesome shade of blue??

I know there are no penguins, but isnt the water an awesome shade of blue??

One of the little buddies and his (her?) little house

One of the little buddies and his (her?) little house

Sunning themselves

Sunning themselves

We were then en route to the last stop: the Cape of Good Hope. I dont know what were expecting, but it certainly wasnt anything close to what we got: it was so much more:

God is good

God is good

After a quick lunch, we were given a quick warning about not feeding the wild baboons (apparently they’re vicious!), and boarded our bikes down the cape through the reserve.

Good thing we heeded this warning: on our bike ride, we can within 6 inches of 2 baboons!

Good thing we heeded this warning: on our bike ride, we can within 6 inches of 2 baboons!

The Cape of Good Hope is where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, and before the Suez Canal was built, the only way boats could get from England to the Middle East, China, etc – as I’ve mentioned before, the water here is extremely choppy (at least when we were in town), and I can’t believe that people sailed these waters in wooden boats back in the day! Again, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves…

At the famous sign (side note: the wind caught BB at a bad moment)

At the famous sign (side note: the wind caught BB at a bad moment)

Waves crashing

Waves crashing

The Cape of Good Hope

The Cape of Good Hope

Cape of Good Hope

Cape of Good Hope

The other side of the Cape

The other side of the Cape

So happy!

So happy!

The entire day was such a joy. The Cape of Good Hope (and the peninsula in general) was a visual extravaganza, and we couldnt have lucked out more with the weather.

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Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post on our close shaves with Great White Sharks (and even a whale spotting!) Until next time…

2 responses to “Cape Town: Day 2

  1. I want a copy of the pic of you and da seal. lol++++++