Crashing in the Cape

Hey everyone, it’s Cate here. Sorry we haven’t posted about Cape Town yet; we’ve just been adjusting to the time and settling in to our beautiful apartment in Fish Hoek.

The view from our apartment in Fish Hoek

The view from our apartment in Fish Hoek

We’re staying at a seaside guesthouse: Picture ocean views from our place, comfy beds, huge bathrooms, a well-equipped kitchen, plus a pool and a beach just ten minutes’ walk away………… ahhhhh.

Sea wall called Jager's Walk that we take to the Fish Hoek beach

Sea wall called Jager’s Walk that we can stroll along to Fish Hoek beach

For the most part we’ve just been chilling out; between jet lag and stomach bugs (a virus hit everyone this time) it was nice to just sit down on the couch and watch TV for an hour……… or two or three. Especially since we’ve rarely had TV on this trip.

It’s also been nice to cook meals at home and even do some baking since we have an oven for the first time on the trip. We’ve made chocolate chip cookies and a delicious lemon cake!

Over the past couple days we actually managed to get our butts out of the apartment and to beautiful Cape Point in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and the city of Cape Town.

We took the funicular up Cape Point, which has amazing views of the ocean! If you ever come to Cape Town this is a must-see! In addition to the awesome views, we saw a variety of wildlife, including whales, ostriches, little black geckos, dassies (look like a large mouse) and baboons. LOTS of baboons!

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Cape Point

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Saw Southern Right Whales on our walk to Cape Point

We saw Southern Right Whales on our walk to Cape Point

Tons of geckos

Tons of geckos

Lots of Dassie's as well

Lots of Dassie’s as well

Saw a wild ostrich (being fed by tourists) on our way to Cape of Good Hope

Saw a wild ostrich (although being fed by tourists) on our way to Cape of Good Hope

Everyone wanted their picture in front of the Cape of Good Hope sign so Dad gave up and just snapped a photo of some random tourists

Everyone wanted their picture in front of the Cape of Good Hope sign so Dad gave up and just snapped a photo of some random tourists

Lots of baboons as well!

Lots of baboons as well! (caused a bit of a traffic jam in the park)

One of them was actually drinking from a water tap

One of them was actually drinking from a water tap

The total opposite of wild Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope? Cape Town — a modern, developed city. Hanging out in a fancy mall on the V&A waterfront was nice, as was the familiarity of the shops: Adidas, the Body Shop, Lush, Top Shop and Guess Kids just to name a few. But theΒ  cool art market in the mall was the highlight for me!

Nobel Square at V&A Waterfront. The four South African Nobel Peace Prize laureates. The late Nkosi Albert Luthuli, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, former State President F. W. de Klerk and former President Nelson Mandela

Nobel Square at V&A Waterfront. The four South African Nobel Peace Prize laureates – the late Nkosi Albert Luthuli, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, former State President F. W. de Klerk and former President Nelson Mandela

Food stall at V&A Waterfront

Food stall at V&A Waterfront

Later we took the City Sightseeing Bus, the most touristy thing to do! While driving through the central business district we heard a far-off rumble, which slowly got closer and closer. Suddenly, hundreds of people were running in front of the bus and down a side street packed with stalls! It was chaotic. More and more people kept appearing, yelling at cars so they could cross the street! Occasionally someone even stopped to grab a bag or two from the shops!

While on the bus we had no idea what was happening (and the bus continued on its route, away from the crowds), but later we discovered via Google that there was a protest against the provincial government that had turned violent! 😦

Other than that drama, we learned a lot about Cape Town on the bus including information about Tabletop Mountain, Cape Town’s most popular attraction, District 6, a historic neighbourhood from which over 55,000 people were removed during the time of apartheid and stuff about several nice beaches and historical sites. For example, did you know that Cape Town’s water is colder in the summer than in the winter because of the south easterly wind that blows the warmer surface water back, allowing the colder water to take its place? Crazy, I know!

The city of Capetown

The city of Capetown

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The colourful buildings of Bo Kapp. One of Cape Town's oldest residential areas. Residents descend from slaves brought over by the Dutch.

The colourful buildings of Bo Kapp. One of Cape Town’s oldest residential areas. Residents descend from slaves brought over by the Dutch.

Closer to home we’ve visited the wonderful Fish Hoek beach several times (we’re planning to rent a boogie-board)! And, speaking of beaches, South Africa is the best place in the world to see sharks! There are even warnings for the carnivorous fish here; if you see a white flag with an image of a black shark at the beach it means that a shark has been spotted and a siren will sound, meaning that everyone has to evacuate the water! This actually happened when we were at the beach a few days ago. Everyone was calm, so it must happen fairly often.

Anyways, that’s all for now! We’ll have more updates on our time in South Africa soon! πŸ™‚

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3 thoughts on “Crashing in the Cape

  1. Miranda

    I’m so stoked you’ve reached the Cape! The first time I visited Cape Town my host family and I camped in Fish Hoek at the local caravan park (RV). Do the fisherman still pull in their nets every morning? Enjoy! Make sure you try a nice Malay curry and if you can check out Clifton or Camps Bay – a bit lawny but super lovely beaches. More photos please! πŸ™‚

    • Good to hear from you. The Cape is such an amazing and beautiful place – it will be hard to leave. Bit behind on our posts so more photos to come! Yes Clifton and Camps are beautiful. Went to Noordhoek beach yesterday which is also spectacular. Say hello to everyone for me.

  2. Abbie

    Wow….It is beautiful there! I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’ve never been in that part of the world!

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