After kicking back for a month or so in Cape Town it’s time to start planning for our trip to one of my favorite places if not my number one Kruger National Park. Spending time in Cape Town is most pleasant, after all, there is more than enough to do and see to keep busy.
Beautiful white beaches, with daytime temperatures around 30º C, good surf, clean clear waters, a perfect summer at the sea. Just make sure to bring your wetsuit. Don’t let anyone fool you, the water IS cold!
Plenty of festivals and sporting events over the Christmas holidays and of course Table Mountain itself.
Cape Town, the mother city of South Africa, nestles in one of the most scenic settings of any city on earth. With the imposing bulk of Table Mountain, Devils Peak, and Lions Head, Cape Town established itself as a vital safe haven for seafarers as far back as April of 1652.
Table Mountain, visible from as far as 200 km away, rises to 1086 m height and snakes past the twelve Apostles of Camps Bay on to Hout Bay, with its small fishing fleet and safe harbor, over the Chapmans Peak with its winding famous Chapmans Peak Drive at its foot, through Simonstown to eventually drop into the sea at Cape Point.
This last section, 75 km from Table Mountain, end in another of South Africa’s National Parks: The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Covering approximately 80,000 hectares of beaches, dramatic landscape and history, beautiful cape fynbos and a fair amount of wildlife such as Baboons, Eland, Mountain Zebra and a host of others. Over 250 species of birds (including Ostrich) have been recorded.
There’s good fishing: numerous boat trips out into False Bay with Seal Island being the most popular excursion where thousands upon thousands of seals live and breed on this small island.
Found here because of the presence of so many seals is perhaps the greatest concentration of Great Whites because the shark’s favorite prey is seals. You may be lucky to witness such an attack or you could opt for a cage diving adventure to see this magnificent creature.
Nonetheless, it’s time to hit the road again soon, so it’s goodbye to Cape Town, its beautiful surrounding wine farms, blue skies, and sunshine. The perfect place to chill out for the summer.
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