South Africa Part I: Capetown

Welcome to Capetown, South Africa.  A hip, beautiful, seaside town on the southwestern coast of South Africa.

Six of us, three siblings and three “outlaws”, toured four locations in southern Africa:  Capetown and Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, and Chobe National Park in Botswana.

We began in Capetown and the image above is a view of Chapman’s Peak from across Hout Bay. Below are images from our tour of the Capetown area.

The traveling “family of friends.”

Now you can say you’ve seen the southwestern most point of Africa – Cape of Good Hope

In the category of things you wouldn’t see along the road in the USA…

When’s the last time you saw an ostrich on the beach?

And here’s a baboon, just hanging out along the road.

We took a delightful stroll through the expansive Botanical Gardens.

One of many stunning two-tone statues at the Botanical Gardens. And following is a video of one of the more challenged Botanical Gardens residents, a Guinea Fowl.

No visit to Capetown is complete without a visit to Boulder Beach, home to a huge colony of African Penguins. These guys live the good life in a protected cove, just south of Capetown.   They’re tiny at only 18 inches tall, but waddle with authority.  I could have watched them all day.

Penguins. Lots and lots of very content penguins.

Ever the well dressed.

Dreaming of being big, really big.

A visit to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of his 27 years of incarceration.  It’s hard to even imagine how challenging, both physically and emotionally, those years must have been. But he persevered and raised not only himself, but his nation, above atrocities and hatred.

Approaching the island, with a view of Table Mountain (preeminent symbol of Capetown) in the distance.

Nelson’s cell.

Then came an evening of traditional dancing with men and women from all over Africa.  What a joyous event! The floor shook and the drums reverberated in your bones.

We had the luxury of visiting a couple of wineries which would rival those of Napa Valley.  But one of them certainly had a sense of humor.

One of the most amusing signs ever!

And finally, as we leave Capetown, I know that Capetown will not leave me.

Capetown, you’ve made an impression on me.

Onto Part II: Sabi Sands Game Reserve.

3 thoughts on “South Africa Part I: Capetown”

  1. Donald

    You had me at the penguins! Love this post!

  2. Donald

    You had me at the penguins! Love this post!

  3. Joyce

    Hi Rachel – I so appreciate you – always have! What a marvelous trip! As usual, very envious but very happy I get to see these places through you and not a postcard. I really feel I’m there and sharing the adventure! Thanks again and keep sharing! We like Whitney, but miss you ……. 🙂

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