Cape Point

Trip Start Sep 21, 2009
Trip End Apr 28, 2010

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Flag of South Africa  , Western Cape,
Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I got up fairly early as I did not have anything booked. I wanted to go the Cape Point and The Cape of Good Hope but did not fancy doing an organised tour purely because it took the whole day and I thought it was a bit too expensive.

I had too option – take the Hop on Hop off bus (Cheaper but actually longer than tour) or hire a car (I liked the sound of that!!) for 175 Rand. Unfortunately they did not have the cheapest model so I ended up paying 254 + 40 admin fee (which they did not mention at the hostel) + 10 for tires and windscreen insurance – 304 in total for the car + 92 for petrol and then entrance to the park 75 (which was a total surprise by the way) making a grand total of 471 so roughly the same as the tour.

It was worth it though because for me, who loves being behind the wheel, driving in a foreign country is an exciting thing. It was great to first take the motorway and then drive along the coast.

The drive down, around 1h30min, is very pleasant with beautiful coastal landscapes. There are two things to watch out for along the way. The first one is in smaller towns when you park up people will want to look after your car while you're gone in exchange for money when you return. Luckily, I m ade it clear I did not want them to look after my car and also escaped before they could beg me for money. I could hear them in the background but preferred not to turn around. The second thing, as you get closer to Cape Point is the Baboons if you decide to stop on the side of the road for whatever reason.

Cape point and the Cape of Good Hope is pretty cool, it’s beautiful scenery but there’s no real need to stay there for hours unless you want to do the walks in which case you might want to stay  there for the day.

I had the chance of spotting a whale from the top of Cape Point and 2 ostriches at the Cape of Good Hope. Most people believe (including locals) that Cape Point separates the Atlantic Ocean from the Indian Ocean but I learnt later, from 2 separate and reliable sources (a shark diving instructor and a wine tour organiser) that this was not the case. The separation, which changes according to the current apparently, is much further east. If you look at a map you will understand what I mean and also realise that Cape Point in not the most southern point of Africa.

Cape point and the Cape of Good Hope is definitely something to do if you are in the area. The scenery is worth it but you have to be aware that, once you are there, there’s not much to do apart from admiring the landscape.

On the way back, I stopped for Fish and Chips which is very popular in South Africa and also went to see the Penguins - the only ones on the African continent apparently.

I made it back to the hostel after returning the car. As it was only 5 and it was a very clear day so I decided to take that opportunity to go the top of Table Mountain. You can actually do a hike all the way to the top but I had not time for that, so I just walked up to the cable car - which still took 1 hour! As I was walking some guys came up to me begging or something of the sort - I just refused and walked off, at which point I think he called me a racist - Random!

On the way up, I had the cable car to myself - apart from the driver of course. I am absolutely petrified of heights. Being scared of heights is a very weird thing because it won’t bother in a building or closed environment. The problem starts when there is the possibility of jumping and in the cable car the window was open so I really had to force myself to get to it to take pictures.

At the top (around 1000m) the wind is pretty strong and it was fairly cold. My legs were killing me not because I had walked all day but this is what happened when you are scared of heights - It was very unpleasant!

The view is just breathtaking, you can see the whole of the Cape Peninsula including Robben Island - it is just absolutely amazing. I did not stay there were long because the height was too
much for me.

I had an early night as I was absolutely shattered!
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