On Monday we left Hermanus and went to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point of the African continent. Robyn and I climbed up the lighthouse and had an amazing view of the meeting of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. I know I'd said we saw the meeting of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans at the Cape Peninsula... but I was wrong. Cape Agulhas is the real meeting point of the oceans.
From Hermanus we drove through a beautiful mountain pass (Robertson Pass) and into the ostrich farming capital of the world - Oudtshoorn. We stayed at a quaint old farmhouse in the mountains and I ate ostrich carpaccio for dinner. We woke up to Robyn's 10th birthday, and the hosts of the lodge made cupcakes for Robyn and surprised her at breakfast. After breakfast we went to a wildlife reserve and saw all sorts of African cats, lemurs, crocodiles. Robyn and I got to have a little visit with some lemurs (see photo). After that, we went to an ostrich farm and learnt a whole lot about ostriches. They are not so smart but very strong animals, so you want to be pretty careful near them. Neither of our kids wanted to ride an ostrich but the birthday girl did sit on one.
It was very cool. We had cupcakes for Robyn's birthday (cupcakes seem to be a birthday thing here) and the hosts at the ostrich farm made a beautiful display, so when we got back from our farm tour, Robyn was treated to more birthday fun!
From Oudtshoorn we then travelled to Knysn, a small town by the sea. The kids swam like crazy in the only heated pool we've seen since we got here.