Seals,Whales and sunbathing Ostriches

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We spend the whole day enjoying a comprehensive tour of the many points of interest on the Cape Peninsula. We drive to Hout Bay, an attractive fishing port once flanked by dense forest with a dramatic backgroup. Here we take a boat trip out to Seal Island. The island is home to about 1000 Cape fur seals and is guarded by the impressive ‘Sentinel’; a towering mountain that guards the harbour. Great fun on a beautiful day such as this.We also catch glimpses of Dolphins in the harbour and are told of a huge Great White Shark that was landed here just yesterday.

We apso visit the Cape of Good Hope, first seen by a European in 1488 when Diaz sailed round it on his search for a sea route to the East Indies.

A century later Sir Francis Drake described it as ‘the fairest cape we saw in the whole circumference of the earth’. But it was another century before the Dutch East Indies Trading Company established a permanent settlement to supply ships with cattle and water traded from the indigenous Khoi who reared livestock on the land around the coast.

We climb up to the viewpoint and watch the clash of the warm Agulhas current from the Indian Ocean meeting the cold Benguela current from the Atlantic. We stop to observe a family of Rock Dassies. Rodent like creatures whose closest living relative is supposed to be the elephant.As it's such a nice day we follow the trail along the coast which leads down to Cape Point. We have lunch here trying to avoid the resident baboons who can get very agressive and are monitored closely by park rangers. On our way out towards Simonstown we come across the curious sight of a family of Ostrich enjoying a day out on the beach.

Boulders beach is worth a stop to see an amazing resident African penguin colony, one of the only places in the world where this sea bird resides! Then, passing perfect sandy beaches we return to our Cape Town city centre hotel. 

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View from hotel window
View from hotel window
Cape Town
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