In Cape Town

Cape Point

We arrived in Cape Town nearly two weeks ago and found a quaint neighborhood to reside that is close to a good string of restaurants on Long Street. Cape Town’s neighborhoods creep up hills against Table Mountain in the center, each of the homes seeming to jostle others for a better view over the city, mountain, and harbor. It is a great location for hiking, beach living, and city life and has a positive vibe in general. There are good culinary options due to such a mixed population of races.

One of our first side trips was to see the Cape Point nature reserve and to take a rail car to Cape Point.

Nearby, the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian. The reserve doesn’t hold a lot of wildlife, but we did see an ostrich family and a colony of baboons. There are Southern Right whale sightings in this area. We saw some whale spouting, but only from afar.

Ostrich

Baboons roam the brush in Cape Town’s southern suburbs where they have learned to open car or house doors to try to find food. We visited some acquaintances in Simon’s Town where donkey penguins nest on Boulder’s Beach. They can sometimes be seen hobbling down a road lining the beach. The local street crossing signs included Penguins!, Baboons!, and (my favorite) Golfers!

Baboons

We also had the opportunity to visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were held for three decades due to apartheid and the politicians’ wish to damper opposition. Our guide in the prison was an ex prisoner himself, so the tour was powerful.

So far the weather has been sunny, slightly chilly at cloudcover, with a lot of moisture in the air. This weekend, weather permitting, we plan to take the cableway up the side of Table Mountain and walk on the top.

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7 responses to “In Cape Town

  1. I wonder how the guide feels, leading people through the place where he was once held prisoner. That must have been powerful.

    On a lighter note, Cape Town sounds amazing! I hope you have a great time!🙂

    Thanks Tina.

    The guide said that it was really difficult to start giving tours, but it became easier over time. He and his family actually live on the island now.

  2. I love your lifestyle! Have fun exploring Cape Town and wherever else…. (PS nice picture of the ostrich family.)

    Thank you, Lauren. The ostriches were standing next to the side of the road with their chicks. They seemed accustomed to human gawkers.🙂

  3. How exciting! It sounds like you’re off to a great start on this leg of the adventure. The photo of the ostrich with the chicks is adorable.

    I’d love to hear more about the food there.

    How was your trip to Montevideo, K?

    I always love the new food choices. I have a few ideas for a food post.

  4. WOW! That sounds and looks amazing- lets plan a vacations! Will you be around for the world cup?

    Unfortunately, we won’t be here for the game. The stadium looks beautiful!

  5. Mom

    Are the baboons tame enough to pet?? Can’t wait to see your pics!

    No, they probably wouldn’t allow that. The alpha baboon was in the middle of the group, and I wouldn’t want to touch any of them with him around. He was huge!

  6. It’s so interesting to hear ‘new’ impressions of Cape Town, I really enjoyed reading your posta nd look forward to more.

    Also loved the ostrich chicks – aren’t their pre-feathers amazing, like wiry, grassy stuff sprinkled all over their backs?!

    I did a really enjoyable and informative outing called “Walking with Baboons” with a local conservation group based near Simonstown – it completely changed my perspective of the hairy invaders🙂 You might enjoy it too…

  7. Actually, I decided just to go to Colonia instead. Although I did get some good photos out of the trip, I did not fair well with Argentine immigration (long story). I have a post with the Colonia photos if you want to check it out.

    I’m looking forward to the food posts!

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