When we began our adventure to South Africa, we flew into Capetown. Our first stop was Simonstown for what was planned to be some diving. However, mother nature had other plans for us. The weather turned cold and windy so instead of cage diving with great whites and sealion diving in the kelp, we went sightseeing. Turns out there is a lot to see & do there!!
Near Simonstown, is Boulders Beach, home to the African Penguin. I didn’t ever expect to see penguins outside of Antarctica but they have them here!
We also visited the Cape of Hope & the Cape Point Lighthouse. The views are spectacular. Just thinking about the next land across that water being Antarctica. Wow!!
When we arrived back in Capetown, the weather was beautiful so we decided to take the tram up Table Mountain. Again, the views are stunning. There is much more on top than I was expecting. The area is huge! There is also a snack bar so you can have lunch. We couldn’t have had a more perfect day!!
There were these little critters up there too. The topography was much more rugged than I would have imagined and there were some impressive canyons. You can hike up there instead of taking the tram if you prefer. It would be quite a hike but the view would be inspiring!
One other drive we took was up Chapman’s Peak. Here is where I finally learned to use the pano feature on my phone!! Thank you Cari!
Needless to say, it was a beautiful view. If you visit Capetown, it would be worth your time to stay a couple of days. There were things we simply didn’t have time to do. We did make it to the V&A Waterfront to look at the shops and have dinner but we didn’t even scrape the surface of what there is to do there. Our dinner was excellent, by the way, at Belthazar’s. Try the Game Kabob! You get to sample Kudu, Gemsbok, Springbok and Ostrich. Other to do’s include visiting one or more of the fantastic wineries in South Africa and a visit to Robben Island to see where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. The Capetown area of South Africa definitely has a lot to offer and let’s not forget, you can go diving in a cage with great white’s if the weather cooperates with you!!