South Africa, The Cape of Good Hope

On February 20, we took a day trip from Cape Town to the Cape of Good Hope to what almost feels like the bottom of Africa (even if it is not–that honour belongs to Cape Argulhas). We stopped at Cape Point and hiked up to nearby Cape of Good Hope (photo above). On our drive to the point, we stopped at Camps Bay (photo left) and Hout Bay (photo right).

We took the funicular up to the top, near the old lighthouse where we stared out at the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean sprawled out before us.  Next stop?  Antartica!  Some of us then took the steeply sided coastal path below which lead to new lighthouse, still perched hundreds of feet above sea level.  It was all a visual feast.

All of the southern Cape is beautiful mix if desolate sandy beaches, rock outcroppings, mountains, bays and occasional threads of human settlement.  It is a land of sea and sky and we spent the day exploring it all, with various stops along the way including lunch at Simon’s Town.

Then back to our hotel for the late afternoon and off to Mama Africa for our evening meals where one of our “Daves”, Dave B, finally got his roast of warthog.  We walked back along darkened steets, clearly the only tourists out in Cape Town on this night, as we have been on every one of our evening meal-ventures.

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