Cape Town Journals

Cape Province, South Africa - 2000

A January 2000 trip to Cape Town by jsdawes

Table Mountain #1 Photo, Cape Town, South Africa More Photos
Quote: In 2000, I visited friends in Cape Town, South Africa. It was an unforgettable experience.

Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve

Attraction | "Cape of Good Hope"

Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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I went on a tour in the off-season - what good luck! Instead of a large coach, we were in a minivan with only five people, and I got to ride up front beside the driver. We visited the penguins and the baboons on the way down to the Cape.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2005

Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
Off the M65
Cape Town, South Africa 7975
+27 21 780-9526

Boulders Beach (Penguin Colony)

Attraction | "Penguins near Cape Town"

Boulders Beach (Penguin Colony) Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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It was a surprise to me to find penguins in such a warm climate. But I learned that the water is not very warm, as the influence of the Indian Ocean does not overcome the cold Atlantic Ocean waters until quite a bit farther north up the coast. The penguins are called "Jackass" because they have a braying call.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 19, 2005

Boulders Beach (Penguin Colony)
4 Boulders Place Simon's Town
Cape Town, South Africa
+27 (21) 786 1758

Hout Bay beach

Attraction | "Seal Island"

Hout Bay beach Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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At Hout Bay we transferred to a boat for a trip out to see the seal colony. Seals are nothing new for someone who lives on the west coast of Canada, but the scenery was wonderful and worth the trip.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 19, 2005

Hout Bay beach
Victoria Avenue, Hout Bay
Cape Town, South Africa 7806
+27 21 790 1264

Baboon Sightings

Attraction | "Baboons"

Baboon Sightings Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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The baboons are absolutely aware that they are in control. They will sit on the road blocking traffic, even on the hood of your car. The driver warned us strongly not to open the windows, as baboons have been known to invade the autos of the unwary, and they're strong, with sharp teeth!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2005

Baboon Sightings
60km from Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa

Muizenberg Beach

Attraction | "Muizenberg"

Muizenberg Beach Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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It was fall when I visited, so no one was on the beach. My friends told me that the water was not really warm enough for swimming. I was intrigued by the bathing huts - very English. Apparently they are rented by the season and very hard to come by. The white sand and the long rollers were so beautiful, but it was windy!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 20, 2005

Muizenberg Beach
Beach Road
Cape Town, South Africa 7945
+27 21 426 4260

Table Mountain

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Table Mountain #1 Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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This is the most well-known image of Cape Town - the massive form of Table Mountain that serves as a backdrop to the city. The fog rolls over the top of the mesa like a waterfall; it's magical. The cable car will not run in windy conditions. If the wind gets really bad, a horn sounds to warn tourists to return to the cable car, as it will stop running and you could find yourself having to descend on foot.