Cape Point (2012): Tip of the Continent
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Martin and Pńivi took us on a grand loop tour of the Cape Peninsula. The tour culminated in one of my favorite places, Cape Point. It was more dramatic than the famed Cape of Good Hope and I really enjoyed my time sitting there looking out into the blue South Atlantic. On our way out of the national park, we saw something extraordinarily surprising. Martin spoke about the rarely seen Table Mountain Zebras (species: Equus zebra) that had been hunted to nearly extinction in the early 20th century. These creatures are different from the more common Plains Zebras (species: Equus quagga) in that they have no shadow stripes. The stripes around the legs are darker and the body stripes do NOT reach under the belly, like those of the Plains. He has not seen one in all the visits to the park. Miraculously, Martin spotted one feeding on the grass. You wouldn't believe me if I told you this story...but fortunately, I've a camera that has a 300mm zoom lens attached to it. So enjoy the picture of our "pink unicorn".
These images and the rich history of a nation in transition rushed through my mind as I sat there at the very edge of the African landmass that jets out into the ocean. I couldn't believe that I was seeing essentially the same land features that the explorers of yester-centuries saw, albeit some 500+ years after the fact. I will have to return to the Homeland to explore the other parts of this amazing country. I look forward to seeing, hiking, climbing, and riding the back of "the dragon", the Drakensberg. Its sharp peaks and ridges look so imposing that the settlers compared it to a dragon, while the Zulus referred to it as the "Barrier of Spears". Of all the places in the world, South Africa has unusually high lightning strikes and these usually lead to forest fires; the Drakensberg does live up to its name. I wonder if I will smell the brimstone.
At Cape Point & the Cape of Good Hope