Marie & Bernie's Southern African Adventure travel blog

Ascent to Table Mountain

Us at Cape of Good Hope

Fantastic! Only 7 of us in a vehicle for 16 – woo hoo!! Which means we all have a row (and window!) for ourselves.

First stop was the cable car up to Table Mountain. While there was no wind in the city, it was pretty breezy at the cable car station and they will not operate in winds of more than 30 knots. Certainly seemed more than that when we reached the top! The cars rotate during ascent and descent so you get a 360 degree view. The top is all boulders with a few walking trails marked so followed them around to take in the views of the bays – quite spectacular.

Headed down the Peninsular to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. Despite what a lot of people think, these capes are not where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet – according to oceanographers that occurs at Cape Agulhas further east and the southernmost point of Africa. Dipped our hands in the Atlantic at Cape of Good Hope. Spotted some game – eland (the largest antelope), ostrich and baboons. Stopped at Boulder Beach to check out the African (jackass) penguin colony. Had already seen a colony at Bettys Bay but here we could see more chicks and also heard them braying – that is why they are called jackass penguins. Had not heard them at Bettys Bay much to the guide’s annoyance. Passed through the historic village Simons Town which also has a naval base – had seen a submarine off Cape Point (not a Collins Class?).

Arriving back in Cape Town, stocked up supplies for the “safari”, especially gluten free food and water.

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