Friday, March 18, 2016

Cape Town - South Africa (Part 2)


Day One in CapeTown was just a slow gist start to sightseeing. Day two on the other hand opened up to more on the stunning views of the beach, shores, ocean, hills, mountains, well, pretty much to Cape's nature breather on a whole. At about 9.00am, our day kick started with the drive up and down the twinning slopes for picturesque stopovers in the cooling and wind lusciously blowing weather while admiring the bountifulness of the sea and coastline stretching from Mouille Point to Muizenberg. Later along the way, we had another stop at Karbonkelberg, a small peak forming part of the Table Mountain National Park, a prominent landmark overlooking the harbour at Hout Bay and known for its short treks among the mountain bikers.  






Beyond that, we also passed the trendy promenades of Camps Bay and the beautiful beaches of Clifton and Llandudno, playground of the rich and famous before arriving at Fish Hoek, one of the safest beach on the False Bay coast. Lunch then called upon at the unassuming "The Beachcomber Bistro", facing the breathtaking beach and sea. From the various selections of fresh catch from the ocean, we started off with the usual bread and butter, followed by the pre-ordered seafood platter consisting of a sizable lobster and fish in skewer over a bed of rice and served with lemon wedges. This pleasant meal filled me up quite so soon and finishing of half the portion within less than half an hour, impatiently I dashed out to walk as far as I could towards the sea. By then, as the sun beamed high and bright over the water's surface, sweating was unavoidable yet we still stood around at the shaded area to appreciate the equally breathtaking surrounding.   



From Fish Hoek, we returned again to Hout Bay for a seal stop and queued up with the rest of the tourists for the rough-tough, rocky and water splashing ferry ride to Duiker Island, also known as Seal Island, to see the large colony of thousands of Cape Fur Seals in their natural environment. Copious of father, mother and children seals were just there right in front of us on the rocks and they were least interrupted with our over excitement including taking as many pictures while trying to keep our balance as the ferry rocked in the waving sea water.   

After the mesmerizing similar to an adventure sightseeing, within an hour, we were back at the jetty and made our way to Simon's Town to view the rapidly grown colony of the 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 boardwalks that took us within meters to the hundreds of birds. Another nature captivating panorama, with one hour at hand, we took our time to behold 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 the penguins!

Departing from Boulders Beach, the next one hour drive brought us to Cape Point to witness the natural phenomenon of the Indian and Atlantic oceans splashing together. Incidentally, Cape Agulhas is also the place for the official dividing line between the two oceans. Whatever, at this point when you have carefully balanced your act of walking on the huge rocks, the clash of the gushing Indian Ocean trashed by Atlantic Ocean behind where you are standing or literally at the end of the world is absolutely mind blowing. For me, this amazing and spectacular once in my life time experience I am still holding close to my heart. Never will I ever forget Cape Point for the infinite towering of the oceans. So, if at you are travelling to Cape Town, just go, just do it and just see it. Once again, let me stress that you will never forget this chance for the rest of your life.


Within the hour or so, we adjourned to the walking distance legendary 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. There are still quite a number of steps once you are transferred after the fun-great views and before seeing the first lighthouse completed in 1859. It still stands at 249 meters above sea-level on the highest section of the peak and is now used as the centralised monitoring point for all the lighthouses on the coast of South Africa.  From high up at this point, it was another soul-stirring landscape of rugged rocks and sheer cliffs towering more than 200 meters above the sea and cutting deep into the ocean to provide a spectacular background.  





Okay, alright, so day two certainly was truly tiring as we endlessly walked to cover the “not to be missed"tourist spots in the sprawling nature beauty of Cape Town. By the time we arrived at the hotel after dinner, well, the night called too soon.

Stay tuned for more in Day 3 Cape Town.  

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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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