Thursday, May 6, 2010

Cape Peninsula and Table Mountain

The second day of our car rental we headed south of Cape Town to the Cape Peninsula.  We drove through the tiny town of Muizenberg shown here, which was really pretty with the houses on the side of the hill overlooking the ocean.

Our next stop brought us to Boulder Beach in Simonstown where we viewed African Penguins

They were about the same size as the Adelie Penguins we see in Antarctica, but their markings were a bit different.

This shot was taken from the Cape Peninsula looking back towards Cape Town.

You can barely see the old light house on top of the cliff at the top of this photo.  We're taking this photo from Cape Point, which is the south eastern tip of the Cape Peninsula where the Atlantic & Indian Oceans meet.  The rock outcropping you can see in the middle of the photo is the Cape of Good Hope, which is the most south western point of the African continent.

 
Dave on the Cape Point trail

Kelly on the Cape Point trail

The new light house at the tip of Cape Point.

Here we are at the Cape of Good Hope which is just 1.4 miles away from Cape Point.

Shot from the Cape of Good Hope

We drove back to Cape Town along this scenic and curvy route on the western edge of the peninsula.

Noordhoek Beach on Chapman's Bay

This route called Chapman's Peak Drive had just recently re-opened.  It was closed for nearly two years as improvements were being made after it was deemed unsafe to use due to the frequency of rock slides.

When we got back to Cape Town we finally made it to the top of Table Mountain.  It's quite often shrouded in clouds, so we were happy to visit on a nice clear day, especially since it was our last day in Cape Town.

You can hike to the top, but we opted to take the cable car since it was late in the day.

Looking south from the top of Table Mountain

In this view of the city from the top of Table Mountain, you can see the new Green Point Stadium which was built for the FIFA World Cup being held in South Africa this coming June & July.

Here we are on Table Mountain

Dave overlooking the city of Cape Town from Table Mountain

While we were there this fog came rolling in around Signal Hill.  Our hotel was located on the backside of this photo between Signal Hill and the Ocean

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