Our guide Ian picked us up at 8 am for a Cape Peninsula tour, just the two of us! We left Capetown and headed south on one of South Africa’s most scenic drives. We saw a lot today; Camps Bay, Hout Bay, Noordhoek, Camp Point Ostrich farm, Simons Town, False Bay Cape of Good Hope, Constantia Wine Region and Diaz Cross. The drive was stunning. The homes and restaurants on Camps Bay, our first stop, reminded me of Miami. Ian pointed out quite a few celebrity homes, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s, located on the Peninsula.
(Bret and Ian being BFFs)
Next up was Hout Bay. Right across the bay was a distinct “shark tooth” looking mountain range. It was just so perfect here.
As we continued south, and before we hit the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, we came apon the Cape Point Ostrich Farm. We got to get close up and personal with the ostriches and saw a very intricate mating dance.
When we got into the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve we spotted several wild ostriches and zebras running through the fields. It was a pleasant suprise. The Cape of Good Hope was the highlight of the reserve. It is the southwesternmost point of Africa and is known as the “stormy coast”. The wind was awful and now we know why there are so many ship wrecks around here.
Just up from the Cape of Good Hope you can visit Dias’ cross. He was the first person to “explore” there. He placed a cross high on land for his fellow Portuguese travelers to see and it has since been made into a small monument.
After several hours on the southern part of the cape we headed north towards Simons Town to see the African Penguins!!!!! I love Penguins! Seeing all the penguin crossing signs everywhere was hilarious for us, but not so much for the people of Simons Town (they are not fans of the penquins). African Penquins are also called jackass penquins because the squeel like a donkey and Ian says they sound like a demented donkey when there are thousands of them squeeling. Between that, the biting and the penquin poop everywhere it is easy to understand why the townspeople hate them. Penquins aside, Simons Town’s town has a lot to offer and is home to the South African Navy. It also overlooks False Bay, which is where the Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean meet.
After penguin playtime was over we visited Constantia Winery. Constantia Wine Region is another very special and beautiful place in Africa and yet another of the 1,000 Places To See Before You Die. The Klein Constantia winery was made world famous by Napoleon Bonaparte. He reportedly drank a bottle of their Vin de Constance everyday, even on his death bed. Bret and I did their wine tasting with the pièce de résistance being this Bonaparte’s Vin. It was so good I asked for seconds. It is such a special wine we decided we would buy it to drink on our 1st anniversary. It is the fanciest wine we have ever drank and it will be tough to not drink it all year =/ After our day of fun at the Cape was done Ian took us back to Capetown.
He dropped us off at the VA Waterfront front for food and shopping; the hunt for a vintage map of Africa continues. We found so many great treasures but shipping back to the US was crazy so we had to walk away from so many great pieces. After shopping we went to Mitchells bar for beer and rugby. What a romantic day….