Heading to the Western Cape

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Just a day after our 22 hour bus journey from Pretoria to Cape Town  we headed off to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point to take in the beautiful views of the coastline and the wild ostriches, who have adapted to life by the sea, as have the baboons!

On the drive over, a large collection of carved animal sculptures caught out eyes so we pulled over and discovered a small craft shop where we all stocked up on African souvenirs and admired the many sculptures and pots displayed around the shop.

We reached the edge of the National Park a little while later and, after the compulsory photo by the Cape of Good Hope sign, we took a short walk up the hill to breathe in the sea air and see right across the horizon and further afield. It’s the type of place that just makes you feel better by being there – something about being by the sea I think.

Our next stop at Cape Point proved to be interesting, as one wild baboon decided to run after some tourists and nearly went for one of our group before deciding it was a great idea to sit on top of our car. So, we just had to wait for it to remove itself before we could drive off. Not the cute little things you may imagine, these things are wild and dangerous and there were many signs reminding us of this fact along the way.

We didn’t make it up to the lighthouse as it was time for a lunch break but there were spectacular views across the bay and out to sea which made you feel like you were at the edge of the Earth – or maybe just the edge of South Africa!

Lunch was in Simon’s Town at a nice little café where some of the team tried an ostrich burger. Once we’d refuelled, we took a walk to see the famed penguins of this quaint seaside town, favoured by many tourists and bus parties all year around. The penguins were nice to look at but it was almost like seeing them in a zoo as they were carefully fenced off from the path and we couldn’t see them right down on the beach without parting with a substantial sum of money, so we used zoom on our cameras instead and got to see some of them waddling across rocks and sand near the sea.

Calling it a day, we headed back to the house, passing a farm of camels and some wild baboons on the road.  I still can’t quite believe the vast array of animals on show in this country. It’s like everything has found a place in South Africa, a credit to its favourable climate and abundance of wildlife.

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