Friday, March 18, 2016

Cape Town - South Africa (Part 2)


Day One in CapeTown was just a glimpsed gist. A slow start for warming us up for more sightseeing on day two. Today, our sightseeing was at its height and weight. Spellbinding. Ultimately. Beaches, shores, ocean, hills and mountains, Cape Town is absolutely a nature breather. Fantastic. Our day started at about 9.00am with the drive up and down the twinning slopes. Window and lens cracking, we peep out from the coach non-stop and later, we had a pit-stop, obviously who can in the right frame of mind resist picturing, simultaneously for admiring the bountifulness of the sea and coastline stretching from Mouille Point to Muizenberg. Chilly and wind lusciously blowing, we almost went berserk. Such so amazing view, believe me. I thought I have seen it all elsewhere, but Cape is simply the biggest wow factor. It is. Have a look at all the pictures, I bet you definitely won't doubt me.


Later along the way, we had another stop at Karbonkelberg. A small peak forming part of Table Mountain National Park, a prominent landmark overlooking Hout Bay harbour and famous for its short treks among mountain bikers.  





We also made sure we didn't miss out on passing by Camps Bay's trendy promenades, and Clifton and Llandudno beautiful beaches, which by far is the playground of the rich and famous. Thereafter, we arrived in Fish Hoek, one of the safest beach on False Bay coast. Primarily for lunching at the unassuming "The Beachcomber Bistro", facing the breathtaking beach and sea. Between their various selections of ocean fresh catch, our pre-ordered lunch consisted of the usual bread and butter, followed by seafood platter. A sizable lobster and also fish in skewer, over a bed of rice and paired with lemon wedges. Supposedly a must try, I had no qualms tucking in and maximum tummy packing meal, I however only manage to finish half of the platter. Its definitely a huge portion, will do good for those who can really eat, not for a small eater like me though. Meal aside, I think for me, it was more of the excitement of wanting to see the bluish greenish sea across. I walked till the far end, not really into the water, but so close and cherished every moment. Nevertheless, since sun had beamed high and that I couldn't avoid sweating, I returned to the shaded area, my eyes still fixated at the beach. Within the next 20 minutes, we left.   



From Fish Hoek, we arrived at Hout Bay, stood in the long queue among the many other tourists and got into the ferry for the rough-tough, rocky and water splashing ride to Duiker Island, also known as Seal Island. Awesomeness, the ride by itself was fun kinda thingy, and when view opened up to the large colony of Cape Fur Seals, oh-my-goodness. Copious of father, mother and children seals were just there right in front of us on the rocks, mind you, they were least interrupted with our over excitement noisiness, as well as picturing, while trying to keep our balance because ferry wouldn't stop rocking in the choppy and big sea waves. Fantastic. I still until now can't get over and done with this splendid travel startle.  

Akin so soon over our adventure sightseeing at "Seal Island", we then journeyed to Simon's Town for the moment of viewing the rapidly grown colony of seemingly carefree African penguins here at Boulder's Beach. For the next half an hour, we walked, we paused at the sight of the first few penguins and we continued walking further up on the boardwalk that took us so close, within meters to hundreds of penguins. Another nature captivating panorama, truly and sincerely, we took our time to behold at the penguins behavior and intriguing habits from above their coves and nesting sites. And guess what? Boulders Beach South Africa is the only place in the world where you plunge in the chilly water and swim with penguins! How about it? You think you can or will do it?  

Departing from Boulders Beach, the next one hour drive brought us to Cape Point for witnessing the natural phenomenon of Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean splashing and almost so close coming together. Apparently, Cape Agulhas is also the official border dividing line between these two oceans. Marvelous. Another marvel of Cape Town, in fact everything in Cape is darn breathtaking, once we got down from the coach across Cape Point, we were overwhelmed with so much of excitement until I especially wouldn't keep quiet. I really couldn't. I even carefully balanced my steps on the huge and quite sharp rocks. I badly wanted to get close to the water, but only so much I could. Still, the clashing, gushing and trashing between Indian Ocean Atlantic Ocean behind where I was standing at the end of the world is absolutely mind blowing. Mind shattering. Hundreds of yesses, or thrown in millions of yesses. Never ever can I forget Cape Point. Infinite towering of Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean.  A must see. You must. Bookmark Cape Point on your Cape Town/South Africa do list for a striking travel code.


Next, we walked to the famed Cape Of Good Hope and went up on the Flying Dutchman funicular. From the lower station at 127 meters above sea level to the upper station at 286 meters above sea level. Watch your steps, yes, you got to walk again, prior to seeing the first lighthouse, completed in 1859. Standing tall at 249 meters above sea-level on the highest section of the peak, this first lighthouse is now the centralised monitoring point for all lighthouses on South Africa's coast. From this high up point, its another soul-stirring landscape of rugged rocks and sheer cliffs towering more than 200 meters above the sea and cutting deep into the ocean. Spectacular. Really!  





A whole day gone so soon, by the time we arrived at the hotel after dinner, we showered and immediately on the bed. 

Up next - Cape Town Day 3.  






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13 comments:

  1. all are breath taking pictures...you are looking fab as always

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  2. I'm green with envy, Nava! Wish I were there too. Enjoy your weekend, dear! xoxo

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  3. I especially love the photo wherein the birds are flying behind you. Who needs a special effect when nature does it better? :)

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  4. Beautiful pictures, Nava. My favourite is the first one of you with the birds in the background. Loved seeing the penguins. As for Cape Point, I get excited seeing the confluence of rivers but seeing the point where two oceans meet? That must be awesome! Another interesting post.

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  5. Awesome pics! Love to see your travel pics... those penguins look so cute..

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  6. Wow!! Amazing pictures! Love you outfit Nava. That picture with penguins is so cute! You are a true travel spirit!

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  7. I have never travelled outside India.. heard so much about SA and seeing your pics only makes me wanna go there someday

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  8. I love to see your travelling post too..the place looks so beautiful and you look fab as ever..

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  9. Looks like a good place, and you look pretty in red top.

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  10. loved the pictures :) I wish to visit cape town some day :)
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  11. Wow! Finally i got to see the Cape of Good Hope thhrough your lens.

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  12. You look gorgeous in this costume and the top is my favorite color. Getting a virtual trip through the pictures

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