Saturday, July 13, 2013

Day 4 Around the cape

Monday May 27, 2013

Today we woke up hoping for nice weather since we were going on a photo tour of the Cape peninsula with James Gradwell.

Capetown surrounded by ocean and mountains


Signal Mountain



Sugar Protea



Sugarbird

We then headed south to the Muizenberg beaches where we were dazzled by the beautiful colors of the bathhouses.







As we watched the surfers, our guide pointed out the shark spotters up on the hill.  If a shark was spotted a horn was blasted and all smart surfers quickly made their way to land.  I don't think surfing is in my future!


Next we made our way to the wharf where we were delighted to watch seals playing.  The water was crystal clear so we were able to watch them dive, blow bubbles, and frolic.  These wild seals looked so healthy which was a theme I noticed concerning most of the animals on my entire African trip.


















Next stop was the much anticipated visit to the Penguins of Boulder Beach.














Penguin


With Baby Chick



Colony of Penguins

Having fun

Waddle Waddle




video


On our way to the most south eastern spot of Africa we passed through the Cape of Good Hope Nature reserve which is now part of the Table Mountain National Park.  We were privileged to see wild Chacma Baboons, Mountain Zebras, and an Ostrich.


Baboon and baby



Zebra


Ostrich

We stopped for some good eats at Two Oceans Restaurant right on False Bay.
Yummy Oysters three ways.

 
Beautiful bird trying to steal our left-overs.


By mid afternoon we had reached the most south eastern point in Africa.

Cape of Good Hope


Cape of Good Hope




On our way home we marveled at the shoreline yet could not help but be reminded of the similarities to the East Coast shore in the United States.



A inspiring sunset ended this packed day of sights representing the best of this country of South Africa.  











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