We got mugged...............by a baboon!!!!
Trip Start Jun 09, 2008
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We are still in Cape Town thoroughly enjoying ourselves! We spent a day in wine country about 1 hour outside of the city.The country side was amazing with rolling green hills with a backdrop of mountains. We visited 4 different vineyards and had about 10 tastings at each winery!!! This is why we couldn't be bothered to take more wine tasting pictures. The wine flowed and we had a great time!
We decided to keep the adrenaline pumping and visit some more of Africa's wildlife, so we signed up for Great White Shark diving!!! Teddy had been talking about this day since we left the states! We were up early and took a 2 hour bus ride to Hermanus/ Shark country. We were given breakfast and a safety waiver that they were not responsible for Any Losses. (including limbs?) lol Then on to the boat, we were briefed on a lot of safety information, none of which we heard since we all had our eyes peeled for fins headed towards the boat. Then into our wet suits and down into the freezing water of the cage, we were the first ones in (by five minutes)! Visibility was poor so when they shouted for you to go down you only saw the green water until the shark was slamming into the cage! The shear thrill of seeing a huge great white from the boat was intense, being in the water with them was mind blowing.
Our hearts were racing but we were too excited to be terrified. It wasn't until you were back on shore that you exhaled a sigh of relief. In total we saw 5 sharks, the largest being 9 feet. Teddy has also decided not to surf here. lol We finished off the day seeing 10 whales no more than 100 feet off shore.
After playing with the wild life we decided to take in a little culture and took a boat ride over to Robbins Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of the 27 years he was incarcerated as a political prisoner.
His cell was tiny and he slept on a mat on the ground, until after 15 years they upgraded all prisoners to metal beds. Eight hours a day was spent pointlessly working in the rock quarry. After he was released he went on to become the greatest president in South Africa's history. The island also had the second largest colony of Penguins in the world.
The time has come for us to head into the bush..... wish us luck,
Teddy and Brooklyn