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Friday, April 29, 2016

Cape Town, South Africa

My short time in Cape Town was just long enough to convince me that I need to come back! It is beautiful and friendly, the food is delicious, and there is lots to do and see.

I flew in to Johannesburg on April 28 and connected to Cape Town via South African Airways. I had arranged to stay at Parker Cottage Bed and Breakfast, a beautiful guest house with a friendly owner and staff. The guest house had arranged a driver to pick me up from the airport, and the owner greeted me when I finally arrived near midnight.


After a good night's sleep, I awoke to have a huge breakfast on the front porch of the cottage. I was treated to coffee, mango juice, toast, an almond croissant, sausage, eggs, bacon, mushrooms, hash browns, and grilled onions. It was a wonderful way to start the busy day. With one day to explore, I needed to make sure I had plenty of energy.

Breakfast -- "The Nelson Mandela"
I made arrangements through Parker Cottage to also have the driver who picked me up at the airport, Shawn, show me around Cape Town. We spent the day circling around the Peninsula, starting at the amazing Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. 

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens



After a brief time there we drove to Muizenberg beach, where shark watchers were perched and on the lookout. 


Unfortunately, I never saw baboons
Leaving Muizenberg, we journeyed down to Kalk Bay and saw the seals, then journeyed on to Boulders Beach to see the African Penguins. 

Seal at Kalk Bay

Kalk Bay


African Penguins at Boulders Beach


Heading to the tip of the Peninsula, we continued to Cape Hope, where I hiked to the Cape Hope Lighthouse for some stunning views.




Flowers at Cape Point

It's a long way down!

I had lunch at Cape Point's Two Oceans Restaurant, overlooking the water. The restaurant is named for the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean, though technically they don't really meet at Cape Point. In any case, the food was great!

Lunch at Two Oceans
 After lunch, we drove down to the Cape of Good Hope, the most South-Western of the African Continent.


While we never saw baboons, leaving Cape of Good Hope we were treated to some ostriches, roaming along the beach. 


Driving up the west side of the Peninsula, we were on Chapman's Peak Drive, one of the Ten Most Beautiful Drives in the World, then stopping for a photo overlooking Hout Bay before returning to Parker Cottage.

Chapman's Peak -- the road winds around the cliffs

Hout Bay
That night, I was still pretty full from lunch, but decided to grab a bite at the bar at Mama Africa, where I was treated to great marimba music. I decided to try the crocodile, which was really good. Mama Africa says if you haven't been there, you haven't been to Cape Town.  And while I only spent one full day there, I think I did it right! 


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