While it was a do your own thing day at Cape Town, I think we had all booked the optional tour to travel in our coach to see Cape Point. We travelled down the west coast and then up the east coast of the peninsula. South of the main city area were hundreds of high rise residential buildings, most looking quite high quality. So my question where do the rich people live was answered. Many world celebrities own property in Cape Town. As we went further south, housing changed to look like this. Our guide strung off various names at times.
We saw heaps of Southern Right Whales cruising along in the Atlantic Ocean. It was mostly tails we saw but occasionally one would breach the water or clear its blowhole.
Road toll point.
I think this is Hout Bay.
There were many intriguing non Anglo names, such as Noordhoek, Fish Hoek and Kommetjie.
We noticed many houses had thatched roofs. We were to see many more thatched places.
So here we are at the Cape of Good Hope. I expect it is a map representation that makes it look not like it is the most southern point of Africa. I recall Victor writing about where the Atlantic Ocean ends and the Indian Ocean begins. It depends rather on water temperatures among other reasons. There is no one point. This is not our travel group.
An ostrich in the wild.
We then reached the old Cape of Good Hope Lighthouse. We are not walking up that steep hill! Fortunately there was The Flying Dutchman funicular to transport us.
Going up. Our coach was somewhere down there.
More amazing views.
No funicular up to the lighthouses, so we will stay on this level.
Wow, there are people on this rock. Don't look Grace.
A proper funicular needs both cars working to balance each other out. We lunched at the lower funicular station. Back on the coach we passed by a statue of explorer Vasco da Gama. The Portuguese were here before the Dutch, but they didn't hang around.
Now to see the African Penguins at Boulders Beach. I prefer our own Fairy Penguins. I think our penguins would either be at sea at this time of the day, or in their nests.
Much work has been to rehabilitate areas for the penguins and fence them off from the public. Baby penguins.
Oh, an electric train line. The train only goes as far as Simons Town but it is viable to see some good sights. The journey from Cape Town is 1 hour 20 minutes at a cost of $1.60. South Africa has quite a number of electric train lines in the countryside, and uses narrow gauge rail lines. I read that you could once catch trains all the way from Cape Town to Cairo in Egypt.
For once we said, what the......and paid quite a bit for lunch at I think Kalk Bay. My glass of wine was generous. I don't usually drink during the day and it turned out to be a mistake.
The first of two times it rained while we were in South Africa. It was only a passing shower and here goes a train. We left and walked through sewerage that had overflowed. Workers were trying to clean it up and make it smell nice. They did not succeed on either count as we left.
Our next stop was at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. I went in but my glass of wine, and perhaps the food, had sapped my energy so I just sat. R followed the guide but not for long and soon returned. It has been a very full day.
Back for our last night in Cape Town. This is the Evangelical Lutheran Church taken from the bar terrace on the 14th floor. Next door is the Dutch Consulate General. We just had some tapas at the bar for dinner. I stared out the window and raised my glass to the still misty Table Mountain. It was nice to meet her.