A Travellerspoint blog

September 2012

Cape Town capers

You can do a lot in 3 days!!!

semi-overcast 19 °C

After about 36 hours we finally arrived in Cape Town and headed to our lovely guest house The Bay Atlantic, in Camps Bay.
We had intended on having a nice meal that night but about 4pm we decided to have an afternoon nap and didn’t wake again until after 7, decided that we were still tired and went back to sleep!

Despite the fact that it poured down in the night we awoke to a pretty nice day, blue skies and sunshine but still cloudy over Table Mountain. After a discussion with staff at the guesthouse we decided that we would follow a similar route to the tour companies and head along the west coast to the capes and then head back up the east coast.

We left Camps Bay about 10.30am and made our way through Hout Bay and onto Chapman’s Peak, paying a small fee of R33 to use the road. The fee was well worth it as the views of the coast were amazing. During a photo stop along Chapman’s Peak we noticed a few houses with thatched roofs. Then we noticed a sign saying something along the lines of ‘This is Monkey Lodge and we do cream teas’. Well it would have been rude not to stop by, so we found ourselves sitting in the sunshine eating a delicious cream tea whilst looking out to sea.
Next we had a quick stop off at an ostrich farm but needn’t have bothered as one of the first things we saw when we entered the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve were a pair of ostrich grazing at the side of the road!
We headed to the Cape of Good Hope first and followed the path up to the lookout point. We had saved a few geocaches for our day’s adventure and knew there was one here. The cache took us on a far less travelled path right along the cliff face, scrambling over rocks and was just a little bit scary! It felt good to sign the log book after the effort to get to it!
Next we headed to Cape Point, the climb looked pretty tiring so we took the easy option getting the Funicular all the way up there.
Once up, we successfully found another cache and, as we were leaving the lookout point it was hidden in, a whale started to show off in the ocean below so we watched him for a while before heading up further to the lighthouse for some pretty stunning views.
Just as we were leaving the reserve I noticed a stripy bottom disappearing out of view. We stopped the car and jumped out to take some photos as four zebra stood just meters from us! Cars were pulling over everywhere as people excitedly jumped out with their cameras.
Our next stop was supposed to be the penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Unfortunately we had taken so much time getting here with exploring, geocaching, photo taking etc we arrived just as the place was closing. We were told that there was a path that ran along the back of the colony so we strolled along there to have a peek at the penguins that we nearer the fence line. What we discovered on this journey is that penguins are very noisy, and even more smelly!
From here on we were homeward bound as the sun was beginning to set. We headed back through the wine region of Constantia and once we got back to Camps Bay decided to go straight for dinner as we were starving after the day’s adventures.

On Tuesday morning we opened our eyes to a perfectly cloudless sky and knew it was the day to hit Table Mountain. Straight after breakfast we jumped in the car and drove to Lower Cable Station. It took about an hour from parking to getting to the top of the mountain by cable car as the queue was pretty long. It was hazy when we first arrived but by midday the haze had begun to burn off and it was getting pretty hot. Silly us for forgetting our suntan lotion! I was all prepared for the cold with a jumper and coat (wore neither of them). Needless to say we are a little pink in places right now!
Of course we had checked out geocaches for the mountain and discovered there was one at the very top! It turned out to be a very cleverly hidden and amazing travel bug hotel and was filled with ‘rooms’ full of trackables – a room for each continent they are hoping to visit.
We took a koala with a goal to reach Melbourne seeing as we have a wedding there in 2 months time. We made the decision to walk down the mountain instead of getting the cable car down. It took some time to find the start of the trail but once we did it took us about 2 hours to make our way down the steep rocky trail. The views were magnificent I am so glad we did it, even though our legs are aching badly today! There was an interesting change in the flora as we headed down. It had started off quite sparse and hardy but from about half way down it was a mass of different flowers in a whole rainbow of colours. As we headed down we started to see little lizards basking in the sun and great big furry caterpillars, all great photo opps!
Once we made it down from the mountain we stopped for a nice, cold drink before doing another cleverly hidden cache nearby and then heading home.
As we sat on the balcony looking out to sea a whale started to show off in the ocean below. It was quite a distance away but could be clearly seen so I can only imagine how HUGE these whales must be!

We were musing over what to do for our last full day in Cape Town when Gerald blurted (blurted? I didn’t know I blurted!) out ‘How about a helicopter trip?’ Within an hour we found ourselves strapped in and ready for take off for our journey around the coast line where we have been staying.
We had amazing views of Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles, the city, Camps Bay and the surrounding beaches. As we were heading back the cloud started to roll in and we were told we would probably be the last flight of the day.
We got out of the helicopter with grins on our faces! Our next stop was to head back to Boulders Beach to see the penguin colony seeing as we had missed out on our last attempt. We spent ages just standing watching them waddle around and zoom effortlessly through the water. I have to admit they chose a pretty stunning location to call home. The water is aquamarine blue and the beach is beautiful, white sand. We took a silly amount of photos before tearing ourselves away and following the coastline further along in search of more whales.
It wasn’t long before we spotted what we suspect to be about 4 or 5 of them having fun about 100m offshore. They were rolling around with their flippers in the air and poking their heads out. Unfortunately they were a little too far away to get any good photos but we did try!
We had one more stop on the way home at Maiden’s Cove as we had read the view of the Twelve Apostles is amazing from there but the cloud had stuck around and you could barely see them at all. Instead we did one final geocache which involved climbing some huge boulders on the beach. After a short hunt the log was signed and we headed home. A wonderful day.

Next stop East London for the wedding.....

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