The Cape of Good Hope

Trip Start Jul 21, 2009
Trip End Jul 21, 2010

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Kommetjie Caravan Park

Flag of South Africa  , Western Cape,
Monday, February 1, 2010

We are at Kommetjie beach and just saw a wonderful sunset on an empty beach – maybe because it's Sunday - but no one is around. Today we explored the Cape Point area and for the first time in over a month we had breakfast out at a restaurant- by the water watching while the ships come in. Cape Townians come down to the Cape Point for the weekend so the area is buzzing.  We continued down the coast to Boulders Beach where there were literally hundreds of penguins.  Here's the thing:  penguins are cute but stinky! We had fun just watching them doing their wobble-walk.  What we noticed: Penguins can stand still for a very long time – they look like small statutes. When they finally do move their head it's at this odd angle like they are trying to get some water out of their ears.  The colony was taking turns protecting the penguin eggs – we learned both mothers and fathers sit on top of the nests while the rest of the colony forms a perimeter around the eggs to make sure no predators come to steal the eggs off.  The penguins are a huge draw – not only for the tourists but for the locals as well

Finally, we drove to Cape Point – the southwestern most point of the cape peninsula, and came face to face with bus loads of tourists which was a shock for us because throughout our whole trip in South Africa we have not been around crowds and mostly have been interacting with locals so it was weird to be around masses of people.  Today was a gorgeous day – the green blue water sparkled in the sun and it wasn't too windy – but enough of a breeze to relieve the heat.  After we did a couple of walks around the point we went to the Cape of Good Hope and got away from the crowds to eat lunch on the deserted beach.  It was the best place – setting wise – that we have had lunch.  It is the Atlantic Ocean which is on the side of the Cape of Good Hope and the water is absolutely ice-cold!!!  I yelped when the water hit my foot – no way in the world would any sane person want to swim in it and the waves are pretty rough so even if you wanted - you would be pulverized against the rocks. As a bonus we saw the elusive African Black Oyster Catcher which is an endangered bird.  It has a very distinctive orange beak and weird call.  After a long day out we headed up the other side of the peninsula to Kommetjie beach where we ran into baboons on the road – for real baboons do run the show here – apparently a man was pushed off the cliff here a couple of days ago by a baboon and died.  Yet another reason why I don't mess with them!  If there's one thing we have learned so far – is that there is a reason why they are called wild animals – they are unpredictable and most be respected for what they are – untamed.  Although we are staying at a campsite, all along Cape Point are million dollar homes – and it's to be expected with the views that are around every bend here.  You definitely have to have some dinero to live here – but if you're willing to do some camping – it's a must to go see on your own without a tour bus and we're glad we had the option this time.  
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