Today we went on a tour of Cape Point.
Two of the girls in our hostel recommended TJ to be our tour guide. He’s a South African man from Stellenbosch who became a tour guide after his fathers book store started losing money. I cannot believe how knowledgeable he is!! We asked questions about wildlife, plant life, language, politics, customs, and sports and he just seemed to know everything! (That or he was very convincing). So if you ever need a tour guide for Cape Point – we’ll pass on TJ’s number!
Our day started off rainy, but every time we stepped out of the car the weather got better and better!
Then we went into a harbour in False Bay that Erin absolutely LOVED. It’s called False Bay because back in the day people used to land there thinking it was Cape Town. Later they found out that they were actually 180 km SE of Cape town. In False Bay there is a huge seal colony that is estimated to be a community to over 70 000 seals. Also – since sharks love to eat seals, there are a lot of great whites in the area. It isn’t a great place to see sharks though, because the waters are deeper and the sharks keep near the bottom when they aren’t hunting seals (which usually happens in the early morning hours).
(Mom, Dad – I’m sure they could find a slip for you here!)
After we saw the seals we drive down to the Cape of Good Hope (so named because it was when the Portuguese first realized that they were finding a sea route for trade with Asia). On our way we saw baboons, walked down a beautiful beach, checked out some ostriches and stood on the most South Western point of Africa! So when you are looking at a map of South Africa and you see the little tail that sticks out below Cape Town – I was RIGHT THERE!
After being at the Cape Point we passed through Simon’s Town and went to Boulder Beach- which has the largest mainland colony of
Jackass African Penguins!! (They used to be called Jackass Penguins because the sound they make sounds a bit like a donkey)
They are too too too cute!!
(More pictures to come – I don’t know if it’s because there are so many in this post already or because the internet that we just set up here in Namibia is kind of terrible… Oh yeah – spoiler alert! We are alive and well and nestled in our home in Windhoek, Namibia now! However, we will try to keep this blog as chronological as possible, so we’ll get to stories from Namibia soon).
After the tour we went to a rugby match!!
The crowd was WILD! It was a game between the Cape Town Stormers and the Australian Waratahs (spelling?). Upon arrival we were handed signs that read “Stormers! Make some ‘tah ‘tah sauce!” haha
One of the particularly loud fans got especially rowdy when the cheerleaders came out. Here I’m using the term “cheerleader” loosely, both literally and figuratively. They were sponsored by DHL and the only coordinated move these girls seemed to have was one where they tore off their skirts to show short-short red bottoms that read “DHL”. A friendly South African man in front of us turned around at this point in the game and said, every solemnly, “Here in South Africa we take our mail couriers very seriously.”
I saw my first real-live scrum and learned what a line-in is! … Or is it line-out? Anyway, these huge guys throw each other into the air and it’s really neat to see. We also came out with a big WIN!
We ended the night back at the hostel, where we were given a shot every time Chelsea (an English football/soccer team) scored a goal. So we went to bed sleepy and happy.