Ahhh, the Glorious Cape! A great way to end a wonderful tour.
We arrived in Cape Town Thursday evening, and the weather was just good enough that the Table Mountain Cable Car was running. Experience has taught me to go up the mountain the first opportunity, because you may not have another one! It was quite windy and cold, but beautiful. While having a bite to eat, we watched the sun set into a sea of clouds over the Atlantic Ocean.
Friday was our day for the Cape and we started with the lovely Atlantic Suburbs south of the city. On to Chapman's Peak Drive and down to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. We topped it off with a visit to the Boulder's Beach Penguin Colony. And yes, there are penguins in Africa!
Bright blue skies on top of Table Mountain
Bright sunshine, but a sea of clouds to the west
Donna and Suzan enjoy the views and the 'fresh' air!
Donna, Suzan, Denny, Matt, Kiko, and Kent high above Cape Town
The Table Mountain Cable Car
Young school children seem a little undressed for the wind on Table Mountain!
The sun sets into a sea of clouds over the Atlantic Ocean
Cape Town by night
Cape Town Soccer Stadium
Hout Bay from Chapman's Peak Drive
Nordhoek Beach and Monkey Resort
Pin Cushion Protea and Wild Geranium
Lunch with a View at Cape Point
Matt, Kiko, Susan, and Heinz hike from Cape Point down to Cape of Good Hope
The four intrepid hikers wave before descending to the Cape
Not an easy trail!
Hundreds of seabirds ignore the crashing of the waves on the rocks
Denny relishes in the scene
Cormorants and a Big Wave
Heinz, Denny, Matt, Kiko and Suzan at the Cape
Table Mountain National Park - Cape of Good Hope Section
Suzan checks out the Cape Snow
and yes, penguins
Penguins at Boulder's Beach
African Penguins (formerly known as Jackass Penguins due to their braying sound)
Strutting her stuff!
Cape Town Waterfront on a stormy evening
Waterfront all decorated for Christmas
Camphor Avenue - Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Kirstenbosch - Back Side of Table Mountain
Suzan and the Nelson Mandela Statue
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Mother Guinea Hen and chicks
Sugar Bird on a Protea - the Sugar Bird's tail is 65% of its body length!
King Protea in bloom - South Africa's National Flower
King Protea ready to open
Sun Bird in the Protea
Suzan, Kiko, Heinz, Matt, and Denny on the Boomslang (Tree Snake!)
Middelvlei Winery - Ben shows us the cellar
Delicous Boere Braii (Farmer's Barbecue) at Middelvlei Winery
Cape Dutch Architecture in Stellenbosch
Picturesque Winery and Mountains in Stellenbosch
The Men's Group sings at the Waterfront
Sunset over the Atlantic from Signal Hill
Sunset picnic on Signal Hill
Now that's a picture frame!
Last view of Cape Town by Night - after sunset on Signal Hill
The colorful Bo Kap district of Cape Town. Our lodge was right on the edge of it.
Watching the Egyptian Geese and babies in Company Gardens Park
South Africa's Southern Whitehouse
Heinz, Suzan, Matt, & Kiko by a huge Rubber Tree
South Africa's Parliament
A Fitting final photo for the trip -
Wire Sculpture of Nelson Mandela at the Mandela Rhodes Place