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.
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!
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.