View of Cape Town from Table Mountain
it! The morning we were set to leave Cape Town I woke up and
looked down on the street to see if our car arrived. I then looked up and there it was – Table Mountain
in all the beautiful glory of no cloud cover!
I urged my companions to take a trip up there first thing, so we packed
up and drove to the cable car and made our way up there. The views were spectacular so I am so glad I
made it up before I left CT.
we started the drive down to Cape Point, stopping to check out the penguin
colony along the way. The drive was
amazing, all along the coast and on winding roads.
I wasn’t driving yet. I’ve been nervous about
it as we have a stick and I’m not used to driving on the left side either. Ash lives in Australia, has for about a year, so
he’s a pro. Anyway, after checking out
the penguins, we kept on the way to the point.
We noticed some baboons along the road and when we rounded the corner,
there were cars parked with baboons hanging on the roofs! We had to pull in there and sat and watched
them play. Then we thought it a good
idea to get out of the car. Well, a real
big one jumped on the roof of the car next to us and we took pictures. He noticed Ash standing outside the car door
and started heading for him so we all jumped in the car. Ash shut the door thinking that was the end
of that, but the baboon opened his car door!
Picture perfect! I'm talking about the scenery of course :)
It was so fun watching
them. We tore ourselves from that entertainment
to try to get to the point.
Penguins going about their business
One thing I’ve
wanted to do here is see where the Atlantic
and Indian oceans meet on Cape Point. I heard that you can see the different colors. However, the cost to get to the point was
pretty high, so we drove as far as the park reserve and then turned back to get
dinner in Simons Town. Later we learned
from a local that is really a myth and you are not seeing the two oceans meet,
just a difference in currents in the Atlantic.
dinner we decided it was good enough to head to Stellenbosch for the night so
we could get up and hit a winery the next day.
The drive there again was stunning, all along the coast, but we passed some
remnants of the Apartheid. I saw a
shanty town that made me just shocked really.
It was so vast, huge, acres and acres, as far as the eye could see! I couldn’t believe it. It was set amid some beautiful landscape, but
the small tin shacks were just piled together.
It was a small city. A not so
small reminder of the way things were here, and well, there is still a lot of
ground to cover.
Lazing on the beach in the sun
Stellenbosch and immediately saw the rolling hills of vineyards. Just beautiful. We stayed at the Stumble Inn, but actually
had an early night for once, waking to grab some food and then hit up one
winery. We picked up a case of Shiraz for something less
than 20 bucks and made our way to Wilderness on the Garden Route.
It was quite a long drive, so by the time we
got there it was later in the day. We
found this hostel set in the woods. I
was so excited, but we found out they were booked. We were going to leave but Ash quickly made
friends with a group who had extra tents, so we camped for the night. It was so fun. There was a group of Isrealis who’ve lived in
SA for a year or so and this local guy from Cape Town who works on the Survivor South
Africa. They were loads of fun!
A friendly baboon with a can of Coke
morning we jumped in the car to hit up Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital, intent
on riding an Ostrich. Again, the drive
was amazing, through the mountains on winding roads. South Africa is just breathtaking,
I’ve been a lot of places now
and the drives along the coast have been right up there with some of the
best. We hit town and first stopped for
lunch of Ostrich. It was really tasty actually.
Then we hit up the Cango Ostrich farm where for a mere 50 Rand ($7) we
got a great tour and talk about Ostriches, and then, the best part, I got to
ride one! No one would go first, so I
volunteered to just see how this worked. It was the oddest and most hilarious thing
ever. Ostriches are not the smartest
animals. You cover their head and they
think if they can’t see you, you can’t see them. So they put them in this corral and you get
on, hug their body with your legs under their wings and hold onto the
wings. They take off the hood and off
you go. I thought they’d just let me go but we had two ostrich wranglers who
held on to the ostrich, so I managed to stay on for the minute and a half ride.
This guy opened Ash's car door!
I laughed so much, but was shaking afterward.
They didn’t hold onto the ostrich for Ash, being a guy and all, so he
had about a 5 second ride. So much
fun. Then we got ostrich back rubs. You
hold a bucket of feed and back up to the fence where they are and they lean
over you to eat the feed, their necks hitting your shoulders and their heads in
your face. Good stuff. After all that fun we made our way back to
Wilderness to hang at the hostel, this time getting dorms in an old farmhouse
converted into a hostel. I love this
place. We’re having so much fun. Renting a car is the way to go here. We plan to continue on the Garden Route and soon enough bungee
jumping time! I’m already nervous.
I love this photo