Captivating Capetown

Trip Start Jun 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

Flag of South Africa  , Western Cape,
Sunday, June 24, 2012

    The first thing we did was go up to Table Mountain in a cable car. Our apartment was super close to Table Mountain, which was nice. Inside the cable car, the floor rotated around so you could see everything! Table Mountain is really beautiful. It is proven to be the oldest mountain in the world! Up at the top, we went on a long hike. The whole city was in view, with the beautiful ocean on the side. You could go right up to the edge of the mountain and take a picture. Just don't lean too far! On the hike we were told we would see rock rabbits, or Dassies, but there were none in sight. That was ok, because the scenery was enough. We learned that Dassies' closest relative is the African elephant! That is really wierd, because dassies are the size of rabbits, and look like little bears with a big nose. They're nothing like elephants!

    On another day, we went to Boulders Beach, which is a great place for seeing African penguins. They were everywhere! We walked on a little path, and there were penguin nests lining it on both sides. They would just peek their little heads out from the bushes. We saw babies too! The mom would just be sitting in her nest, and suddenly a tiny face would pop out from under her. When we actually got to the beach, no one else was there because it was so late. The security gaurd came over and told us we only had 5 minutes. Here's a tip: Go when it's late, because it is very peaceful and calming. The Boulders Beach was beautiful! As you probably guessed from the name, there were huge boulders everywhere. Since it was starting to get dark, the boulders cast shadows on the silvery sand. Every once in awhile, you would see the sleek body of an African penguin glide across the water. I was sad to go, because it was so gourgeous.
    The last thing we did was go on a boat to Robbens Island. We found our boat at the V&A Waterfront. Right in front of the entrance to the mall were about 10 booths going to different places on their boat. We picked the one that said WHALE WHATCHING ( with a little tail in the middle ). Unfourtanatly, we didn't see any whales, but we saw something even cooler. Two girls from an animal rescue place were there with 4 African penguins! The penguins had been found as babies, abandoned by their parents. The girls were going to put them back in to the ocean! They were so adorable! After the girls lowered them down into the water, the penguins were following the boat because they didn't want to leave their friends. Eventually, they stopped, and swam off. When we got to Robbin's Island, we didn't actually go onto it. They just brought the boat close to it and told us some facts about it.   
    Capetown is a very nice little place, especially Boudlers Beach and Table Mountain. I would love to go back there again!
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