Day 3, Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point, Seals, Penguins and the Southernmost point of Africa
Cape Of Good Hope, South Africa
Day 3, 7 July 2012, Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope & the Peninsula - We went out for the day with Daytrippers - Started out in Hout Bay with a boat trip to Duiker Island - at least that was the plan - the seas were very rough (and that's according to boating types - not just me!) After a large swell knocked everyone to the deck of the boat, the skipper turned back and we viewed the lazy Cape Fur Seals in the harbour. Next stop was the Boulders preserve where African Penguins can be seen up close and personal - also known as "jackass penguins" very similar to the fairy penguins in Tasmania. I was still feeling a touch green after our boat adventure so stayed in the van - but James jumped on a mountain bike for a 7 km jaunt through the Cape Point Reserve. Lunch was a picnic which fortified us for the afternoon ahead - whilst we took the cablecar / funicular to the Cape Point Light house, we then hiked overland to the Cape of Good Hope - the southern most point of the African Continent and where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet. We encountered a Rock Hyrax (aka a "Dassie") which was a cute little furbag who seemed to think if he stood still enough, we wouldn't notice him. But we did and a photo is in the album so you too will be able to recognise a Dassie! It was a huge achievement to finish the hike at the Cape of Good Hope where the only remaining challenge was how fast you could leap behind the sign for a picture. It was a long drive home and a very quiet bus, but we all launched into action to get our first close up of a pair of Ostriches (feather dusters on legs). All up an outstanding day full of panoramic views and many featured creatures.