Sante Hotel & Spa
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... and grandson Tommy from Vegas. Was a tight fit to get us all in the van but with Pam and I squished in the split front seat and the guys packed in back we drove nroth of the city through the sunrise to Gansbaai and Shark Alley. On arrival, the wind was whipping off the ocean and it was cloudy and much colder than anticipated, though all the shaking was not just from the cold :) We had a simple breakfast and briefing then boarded the boat with a group ...
... waited for the more adventurous members of our group to be done. It reminded me of the cable car my grandmother and I took to the top of a mountain in Albuquerque, NM (probably because it was incredibly windy and cold that day too...).
Then we took a long scenic drive down a road that hugged the coast all the way to the Cape of ...
... soon to be followed by Rian and Sume, and we all had a meal, some beers and I decided to call it a night at 10:30 when they ordered 2 more bottles of wine.
I woke up the next day with a mild hangover, and I realised that Summer was well and truly over as the mornings were getting really cold, as well as the fog and mists had really started to set in over the mountains. I headed out to the airport and managed to not get lost or crash the car on the way... even with ...
... br> We saw the Bontebok near the Diaz Cross, but I did not get a photo. We opted to hike up to the lighthouse instead of taking the funicular. It was nice to be In the cool air instead of in the tiny van. It was incredibly windy and still overcast. We really enjoyed watching the cormorants flying over the water and up onto the cliff beside us.
The lighthouse was crowded so we snapped a quick photo and then headed down for ...
... bay, we saw thousands of greater and lesser flamingos who hadn't moved to their normal nesting place in Etosha Park this year because of lack of rainfall. What an amazing sight!); by the massive sand dunes where I reached the fastest speed of our group of a thrilling 73 kph (there are some good things about that extra weight!) sandboarding down the dunes; and by the exciting afternoon spent quad biking through the dunes.
The low was when we took one of ...