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... fear of baboon attacks. It's not that the baboons would outright attack us, but all we had heard from Mark was that the baboons had been more aggressive in the past few weeks than normal. They're frighteningly intelligent creatures, and for such a beautiful day, I really wasn't looking forward to the prospect of having my turkey sandwich snatched from my hands by a gang of wild human-like animals.
The tour in general was amazing, and the ...
... it has become a small botanical garden. The centre of the garden has a statue of Cecil Rhodes.
Next stop was Upper Cape Town know as Bokaap or the Malay quarter. This area is characterised by narrow brightly coloured houses (rent was according to the width of the front of the house). The area was populated by Malaysian artisans brought into the country by the Dutch to fulfil roles they themselves were not able to do (carpenters, builders, artists ...
... but we were still able to see much of the city and learn about its history.
Today was by far my favorite day. We drove to Boulder Beach and saw wild African penguins. Yes, penguins. In Africa. It was so cool! But the best was yet to come. We then drove to the actual Cape of Good Hope which is an absolutely beautiful point. It was breathtaking. Overall I have enjoyed this time at the end of the program to explore this part of the country, but I am definitely ready ...
... While driving with Kita, a teenager who was probably 16 years old, shouted out at me something in Xhosa as he motioned with his hand as if he were pulling the trigger of a gun. There are two sides of the townships in South Africa: passion, peace and love on one side, and gangs, crime and violence on the other. For the most part I have only experienced the former, but unfortunately it is often the latter that defines ones view of the townships. It is not until I came ...
This was actually practice for tomorrow's excursion down to the Cape of Good Hope, and it is our good hope that the practice will, if not make perfect, at least reduce the level of the adventure of driving.
Also, we hope this hasn't been too long, but it has been a tremendously interesting and enjoyable day with much upon which to comment. Hopefully we'll update again tomorrow night.
Catherine and Stirling Moss
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Great location - convenient to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, numerous restaurants, and site-seeing buses. Every room with a view of Table Mountain. I can't recall better service in any hotel.
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