An easy day just touring around the Langebaan area on the west coast. We first stopped at quite a nice golf course (green fees about $50). Next visited the West Coast Fossil Park, which is a very rich fossil find dating back about 5 million years. The featured find is a now extinct short-necked giraffe - bigger than the current giraffe but not as tall.
Wheat fields dominate the countryside and wind farms are popping up. Driving in to Vredenberg we saw an example of old shacks adjacent to new govt.-built homes for the black population. To Cape Columbine with its powerful Lighthouse. We had lunch at a beach restaurant that, if not for our guide, Andre, would never have been one to draw us in (from the outside it looked like a broken down army tent). Turned out to have great food.
Our last stop was Paternoster, an old fishing village which has now become a vacation spot with nearly all of the homes built in the Cape Dutch style and painted white. Quite an attractive town. On the way back to Langebaan we passed a huge iron ore shipping terminal. The iron ore is transported by train (some as long as 3.5 km.) over 600 km. from the North Cape to this terminal.