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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Cape Peninsula (Nov 1st)

Today we hired a car from the guesthouse (R450) and took a drive down Cape Peninsula down to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. The drive was lovely and although it was very cloudy when we started our journey, the cloud burned off and we enjoyed the scenery and the views. Our first stop was at Boulder Beach to see the penguins.


Penguins on Boulder Beach, Western Cape, South Africa
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It was great to see all the penguins just wandering about the beach in their natural habitat. There were wooden walkways leading down to the beach and some of the penguins were gathering really close to the walkway, allowing me to get a few great close uo shots.



Friendly Penguin on Boulder Beach, Western Cape, South Africa
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After saying hello to all the penguins we continued our drive down towards the Cape of Good Hope, which is the most South Westerly point of Africa, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. The drive through the national park was fantastic and we saw ostriches and baboons just wandering around.



Monkeys at Cape Peninsula, Western Cape, South Africa
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Monkeys at Cape Peninsula, Western Cape, South Africa
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We took a walk up the cliff at the Cape of Good Hope for some views of the sea and Cape Point.

And Stuart posing by the most south westerly tip of Africa sign.


Monkeys at Cape Peninsula, Western Cape, South Africa
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Next we drove round to Cape Point which was very busy with tour buses and lots of cars. There is a funicular railway here to take you to the top of the cliff, but we decided to do the healthy thing and walked to the top. Unfortunately the cloud had come in by this point so when we arrived at the lighthouse right at the top we were completely surrounded by clouds and couldn't see a thing.

We had a sandwich for lunch from the food shop at Cape Point. There is also a restuarant there with great views, but it was a bit busy with all the tour bus parties.


Monkeys at Cape Peninsula, Western Cape, South Africa
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The cloud cleared again on our drive back up the peninsula and we stopped in Simonstown for a wander around and then in Constantia, the wine area, where we did a quick bit of wine tasting.

The scenery around the Constantia area was also lovely with lots of rolling hills, vineyards and flowers.


Monkeys at Cape Peninsula, Western Cape, South Africa
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In the evening we had a South African cooking evening in Blackheath Lodge. Sophia Lindop, a South African chef came to the lodge and cooked us a fantastic three course dinner. A lovely starter of mackerel and avacado, followed by a main course of trio of beef, kudo and springbok with a very nice potato gratin and veggies, followed by some tasty little lemon pots. I had never tried Kudo or Springbok before, but the meal was very enjoyable and Sophia entertained us with her stories and explaied a bit about her background and how everything was cooked. The meal was washed down by lots of wine and we had a great laugh.

Here's a photo of Sophia (left) and her assistant. Sophia has an award winning food blog.


Sophia Lindop, South Africa

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