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.
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.
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!
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 the cool art market in the mall was the highlight for me!
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!
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! 🙂