After my early morning flight to Cape Town, I was picked up at the airport by our shuttle driver/tour guide for the week, John Binedell. John used to play professional soccer in Cape Town and even for the South Africa national team. He is fluent in three languages: English, German and Afrikaans, and says he also understands Italian (and I'm sure a bit of Dutch as well). He lives down the street from Olaf's and regularly shuttles and offers tours for their guests. After meeting up with Jeff and Shannon at Olaf's and dropping off my luggage, we decided to take up John's offer to take us to Cape Point.
We started our journey headed south from Sea Point through Clifton and Camps Bay all the while seeing the splendor of the Twelve Apostles mountains.
Our first stop was at picturesque Hout Bay where many African art crafts were on display and for sale at the Hout Bay Market. You can also pick up a boat tour here to see seals at a nearby island. We continued south from Hout Bay on magnificent Champman's Peak Drive. The weather was gorgeous and the scenery spectacular. Our next stop was the Cape of Good Hope. We were fortunate to see both wild baboons and a wild ostrich right on the beach. Then we headed up to Cape Point where we took the funicular up to the lighthouse for incredible 360 degrees views of the Cape Peninsula. After walking back down to the parking lot, we joined John for lunch at Two Oceans Restaurant. I had a tasty and filling seafood curry.
baboon at Cape of Good Hope
Next we stopped at Boulders Beach in Simon's Town to see the African penguin reserve.
I accidentally left my camera in the car, so I don't have any pictures. You'll have to take my word for it that there were plenty of penguins waddling around. Our next stop was Steenberg Vineyards where he enjoyed a wine tasting while the sun was setting over the mountainside. After we finished, John hurried over to Signal Hill and made it just in time for us to see the sunset on the Atlantic Ocean.
For dinner we walked from Olaf’s to Posticino Italian Restaurant where we had a antipasti misto and a great flatbread pizza while watching the final match of the day.
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Lovely Guest House with convenient location and great people
I cannot recommend Olaf's highly enough. Unless you are dead set on staying in a hotel chain, this is the perfect B&B-like guest house located right … read entire review