An Incredible City
Trip Start Oct 30, 2009
94Trip End Aug 24, 2010
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On our first full day we decided to head to Table Mountain to conquer the largest commercial abseil in the world, 112 metres down the mountain side. The mountain is Cape Town's trademark standing at 1086 metres above sea level. It is certainly a fantastic sight and creates a stunning backdrop for the city. We travelled by a revolving cable car to the top of the mountain and then walked around the top to appreciate the view from all angles. Fortunately it was a really clear day with only a slight breeze which was perfect weather for the mountain. More often than not the Table is covered with a layer of cloud named 'the table cloth’ as we discovered for the next few days. The abseil was terrifying. We were descending into the clouds with an amazing view, if we had dared to look
Day 3 in Cape Town was spent exploring ‘the best of the Cape’. Our journey took us along the peninsula and through some quaint fishing villages where the scenery was spectacular. Our favourite part of the drive was over Chapman’s Peak. The road is cut out of the mountain side and as we wound our way along the scenery was breathtaking. Our ultimate destination was Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope but on route we stopped at Boulders Beach and an Ostrich farm. Penguins live amongst the rocks on Boulders beach and were not shy as we wandered along to capture some pictures of these very cute birds. On the way we also passed family after family of baboons playing in the road and the venomous cape cobra! Cape Point is the South Western most point of the African Continent
Many of the people we spoke to from Cape Town said how unpredictable the weather in the Cape was and they talked about how you could experience 4 seasons in one day. We did not believe them until our final day in Cape Town when we rose very early to go shark cage diving with the great whites. Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be and after a 2.5 hour bus journey through fog, rain and wind and a big breakfast the dive was called off due to unsafe seas. We couldn’t believe it having experienced beautiful weather since we’d arrived. As we flew out the same evening there was no time to rebook so we had no choice but to return to our hostel very disappointed. The weather did pick up as the day progressed and we saw sunshine again before we headed to the airport. Missing out on the great whites has only reconfirmed our desire to return to South Africa to explore further, so watch this space!
South Africa Fast Facts
Weather – Warm, windy
Beer –Windhoek and Castle larger = 15 Rand = US$2
Currency – 1 South African Rand, US$1 = 7
Highlight – Table Mountain
Lowlight – Missing out on shark cage dive L