Saturday, September 6, 2014

Cape Peninsula on a Rainy Day

Cape Peninsula, South Africa is a beautiful place..
..and I wish I could share an experience of a sunny day with blue skies.

But then again, this brings us to reality.. that no matter how much we plan our lives, there will always be unexpected storms we could not control. However, we can choose not to let the weather cloud our happiness! :)

We visited South Africa in October, which was supposed to be a good time for travelling. Still, better to see the peninsula on a stormy day, than to never see it at all!

Cape Peninsula full day tours are readily available, and we booked ours through our hostel in Cape Town.

So.. let's go!

Cape Peninsula Tour

Hout Bay

Our first stop, 20 minutes away from Cape Town.

A coastal town with a fishing village, a harbour, a beach, crafts markets, and antique shops. 
And famous for some of the world's best Fish and Chips.

Lookout Restaurant Hout Bay

Hout Bay South Africa

At the harbour, waiting for our cruise..

Circe Launches Hout Bay

..that brought us to Duiker Island, also called Seal Island..

Duiker Island South Africa

..because it has a large seal colony. 

I have to admit that this cruise was torturous for me because of the rough seas. So if you tend to get seasick, take your medicine before stepping into the boat!

Seal Island South Africa

Thankfully, the Cape Fur Seals swimming around were cute enough to distract me ;)

Chapman's Peak Drive South Africa

Chapman's Peak Drive

Our next attraction, famous for its 180ยบ view of Cape Peninsula.

Chapman's Peak Drive Cape Peninsula

We drove along this spectacular 9km route, and stopped by a few areas to take pictures and enjoy the scenery.

Chapman's Peak Drive

Chapman's Peak South Africa

It was very cold and raining at this time.. but imagine how beautiful it would be with sunny skies!

Boulders Beach Simon's Town

Boulders Beach in Simon's Town

One of my favourite places in the world!

Boulders Beach South Africa

The beach is so beautiful, with white sand, granite boulders and small rock pools..

Boulders Beach African Penguins

..and is home to a breeding colony of over 2,500 endangered African Penguins!

Spotted! On the boulders on the left! :)

False Bay Penguins

And there's more!

You can watch the penguins from the boardwalks, or swim with them at the beach.

They are sooo cute, but just don't swim near them or touch them, because they bite!

Penguins South Africa

In 1983, a pair of African Penguins migrated to this beach, and began to lay eggs 2 years later. 

The colony grew rapidly due to reproduction, and more immigration.

Simon's Town Penguins

Cape of Good Hope

Cape of Good Hope

Originally called by the Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias as the Cape of Storms in 1488, this area has seen a lot of shipwrecks due to violent storms and dangerous rocks.

Cape of Good Hope South Africa

But after rounding the cape and realising that they have discovered the trade route to India and the Far East, the Portuguese changed the name to Cape of Good Hope.

Cape of Good Hope

We climbed to the top of the lower peak. 

It was really cold and windy, that I could not even open my eyes wide anymore.. and please excuse the orange raincoat as I was already in survival mode :P

Cape Peninsula Cape of Good Hope

That's the higher peak.. you can see some people on top.

Cape of Storms

The views.

Cape Peninsula South Africa

Chacma Baboons South Africa

Chacma Baboons.

Cape of Good Hope

Tired but happy ;)

Cape Point South Africa

Cape Point

Last stop, the other tip of the peninsula.

Thank God, there's a funicular going up to the peak!

Two Oceans Restaurant Cape Point

Two Oceans Restaurant.. and what a view!

Cape Point South Africa

Just a little bit more climb..  I wish I could blow the fog away.

Cape Point Lighthouse

And here we are.. at the lighthouse with all the other cold and soaked tourists.

This lighthouse though, proved to be ineffective because it was always covered with clouds and mist.. as you can see. So they erected another one at Dias Point.

Cape Peninsula Tour

The view from above.. just imagine there was no fog.. but blue sunny skies..

Beautiful, isn't it?! ;)

Slangkop Lighthouse South Africa

Slangkop Lighthouse

On the way back home to Cape Town now, we just passed by the tallest cast-iron lighthouse in the country :)

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