So far we have been pretty lucky with the weather, Monday we took the cable car up Table Mountain and had a little walk around the top which was beautiful and although it was a bit windy up there the sun was shining and it was nice and warm and the visibility was pretty good so we got to see some amazing views.
We left Table Mountain and drove round the base to Houts Bay where we ate freshly caught calamari and chips out of a box sitting on picnic tables overlooking the beach with about a hundred hungry sea gulls for company. We carried on our drive to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens which are on the slopes of Table Mountain and were beautiful. Lots of interesting walkways and plants to be enjoyed in the warm sunshine.
Yesterday was a little bit cloudy with some rain forecast so we drove down to Boulders Bay to see the colony of african penguins which live there and spent a happy hour watching them waddling around and trying to keep warm in the atlantic breeze. We carried on south down to Cape Point and The Cape of Good Hope. After a shortish walk up to the historic light house we were met with amazing views over False Bay and The Cape of Good Hope, the sun came out and took the edge off the incredibly strong atlantic wind which blusters around the point. Cormorants and other sea birds nest on the cliffs and its incredible to think that they can land anywhere in the gusts of wind never mind on a tiny ledge on the edge of a vertical cliff.
We decided that we couldn't get this far without walking out to the actual point, so we walked along a very blustery path to as far south as you can get on the cape. The path was pretty quiet with only a handful of other walkers, difficult to believe so many people get so close and yet don't feel the urge to go the extra mile! After watching the two swells meet at the end of the cape for awhile, we saw the weather was starting to come in so we made our way back.
Throughout our trip down the cape, we had seen lots of warning signs for baboons in the road, and had looked out for them hopefully without actually expecting to see any. On our way back from the Cape we met with a family troop of baboons sitting in the road, which caused a bit of a traffic jam - Man, they are big!! Had to drive around a few more on our way back as they were just sat on the road drinking water out of puddles, no one said they were bright!
Today is our last day in Cape Town before we head off to Stellenbosch tomorrow to sample a few more wines!