Cape Town Day 3
The tourist information office didn't open till 9 but we were there soon afterwards to see what we could book in the way of a tour (this could only be afternoon as we were too late to join any morning tours). We got booked on a tour to Cape Point and had a couple of hours before being picked up at our hotel so had a wander around the city centre and back to Company Gardens and also St. Georges Cathedral.
Our tour went down the east coast of the point then back up the west side. We stopped first at Simons Town for lunch which we shared with another couple on the tour. They were from Brisbane and had just started a months holiday in South Africa (we were reversing their outward travel route the next day). A very pleasant and enjoyable lunch -fantastic setting and once again very good food (apart from getting splash marks down the front of my T-shirt).
After lunch we walked down the road to the penguin sanctuary – you get right up close to many many penguins – quite fascinating.
We got back into the mini-bus very thankful for the air conditioning – the weather was clear blue skies and sweltering sun – must have been in high twenties or even low thirties with little breeze. We then drove onto Cape Point – saw some wild gibbons on the way – our guide (Ron) told us to keep our windows closed as apparently they have a tendency to jump in looking for food – and they can be very nasty to say the least. At Cape Point we walked up the hill to the old lighthouse which had to be replaced by a newer one placed lower down the point as the higher one was prone to being hidden by the mist (apparently the main cause of the Lusitania wreckage).
We really enjoyed the tour – the guide was very knowledgeable and made it very interesting.
For diner we literally walked across the road from the hotel to a place called Mama Africa. Excellent food and a live African band. We had pre-booked – it was needed as the place very quickly filled up to capacity.
We have had a great time in Cape Town and there is certainly plenty of things to keep you occupied – it's definitely a place to spend more time at. Would prefer to stay at the V&A waterfront another time though.
We woke up on Wednesday morning to heavy rain and clouds right down to the buildings then thunder as well. This all cleared and the sun came out by 10 when it was time for us to go to the airport for our onward way to Auckland – next stop New Zealand!