World of Birds-Chapman's Peak Drive

Trip Start Jan 20, 2012
Trip End Feb 04, 2012

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Flag of South Africa  , Western Cape,
Friday, January 27, 2012

With visions of Cape Town in my head, I take the cableway car down the mountain and drive south towards Hout Bay, just south of Cape Town.  My first stop will be in Hout Bay at the World of Birds.  

After seeing so many bird species flying free it seems a bit silly to see birds in captivity. But, I have not seen the unusual Southern Ground Hornbill as yet, so that is why I am going here. It's a very unusual bird, about the size of a turkey with short stocky legs.  It is found through east and South Africa, but its numbers are declining.  It has large red neck wattles that can be inflated and that are used to make booming or grunting sounds, often just before dawn.  They also have very long eyelashes that go completely around their eyes. There is a pair here at World of Birds and they are inside an aviary where you can walk through.  I get a few photos and then go look at some owls, flamingos, vultures, the secretary bird as well as some mammals that live here

 Mission accomplished....onward. 

Continuing south through Table Mountain National Park I drive along one of the most beautiful roads I have ever seen.  Chapman's Peak Drive winds its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay on the Atlantic Coast of the south-western tip of South Africa.  Chapman's Peak drive is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world.  The 9KM route has 114 curves and skirts the rocky coastline of Chapman's Peak.  It is affectionately known as "Chappies" and is a must for anyone who is passionate about the majestic Cape Town scenery.  There are sheer drops to the sea below and towering mountains rising above me.  The twists and curves in the road seem endless and it is a photographers dream.  It is a paradise for sightseers, motorists, hikers, runners and bikers.

I cross over the cape peninsula now and head east to Muizenberg and Kalk Bay.  For more beach photos and a stop for lunch.  Stay tuned...

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