The seals at Hout Bay
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The first stop of the tour was in the town of Hout Bay. No more than a suburb of Cape Town, this little village lies just behind the Table Mountain range.
While the picturesque village doesn't seem to hold that much merit for the casual visitor, nearby Duiker Island does. This tiny island is home to one of South Africa's most easily accessible colonies of Cape fur seals. Sailing to the island and back to Hout Bay can be done in a mere 45 minutes.
These days the tourists vastly outnumber the seals and we were somewhat taken aback by the masses of Japanese boarding the vessel. 110 people cramped on a custom built ship - complete with glass bottom to view the “exquisite kelp forests below”
This was quite a change from the seal colony we visited at Cape Cross in Namibia!
We both loved the little sailing trip though. 45 minutes is just long enough to be sailing on such a boat before it gets boring, and the views along the way were stunning.
Soon we recognised the familiar smell of the seals (just be glad my pictures don't have Smell-O-Vision!) as we approached Duiker Island. The island is basically a large rock, completely covered with seals.