Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Cape Town

We had an excellent tour guide today, Mick Hedderman. He picked us up promptly at our hotel. We went up Signal Hill for a beautiful overlook of beautiful Cape Town. Then we drove south visiting the beautiful Constantia wine country including the Groot Constantia Estate,

the Slangkop Lighthouse at Kommetjie, the incredible views at the Cape of Good Hope, False Bay, Simon Town, and Kalk Bay.

The shoreline is so beautiful - rocky in places, white sand in others.

At the Buffelsfontein Visitor Center, we were mugged by the baboons. While we had been warned, they came in unexpectedly right after we finished eating. I stood up to take my photo, and the trash fell - quick as a wink one of the baboons had one of the empty yogurt cups. They are well trained - the workers came out with their sling shots and up the drainspouts to the roof they went. I felt really bad - I know how bad it is to feed wildlife. When animals become habituated to humans many times they must be killed. While I doubt that we were the first visitors whose picnic had been raided, I still felt bad that I did not move fast enough to keep them from being successful with their raid. We saw ostriches feeding along the beach area (first time for me to see them in the wild.)

We saw the African penguins at the Boulders unit of Table Mountain National Park. Toward the end of the day we saw Southern Right whales breaching off in the distance!

Mick is a great tour guide. He showed us a map of where we would be going. We learned bits of the history of the places we visited. His hospitality and cheerfulness (putting up with a photographer who was always stopping along the way to take still another photo!) made the day a special day. I highly recommend him for a wonderful way to see the sights of the beautiful cape.


Bill Crider said...

What a great adventure. Loved the pictures.

David & Linda Gregersen said...

I loved seeing your photos of Cape Town and hearing about your day with Mick. It brought back wonderful memories of our time there in February! See you soon at Namwianga!