Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point and Stellenbosch Tour, South Africa

On Friday, I went on an all day tour from Cape Town to the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point, and Stellenbosch.

Cape Point is the mountainous stretch that runs about 30 km (19 miles) at the southwestern tip of Africa.

Our first stop was at Maiden's Cove for a view of the Twelve Apostles which is a scenic stretch of mountain on the back side of Table Mountain.

Then we stopped at Hout Bay which is about 20 km (12,5 miles) from Cape Town.  The town is home to about 18,000 people.  It's a lovely spot surrounded by mountains with a view of the Atlantic Ocean.

Panoramic view of Hout Bay

On the way to Cape Point we passed an ostrich farm.

We also saw plenty of baboons by the farm.

Cape Point is beautiful.  Again, great views of the coast and the Atlantic Ocean.

About 2 km away is the Cape of Good Hope.  The Cape of Good Hope is the most south-western point on the African Continent.  It's a popular spot for photos.

Boulders Beach is near Simon's Town.  This is home to the African Penguin, previously known as the Jackass Penguin.  This is the only penguin that breeds in Africa.

Back in 1910 there were around 1,5 million penguins and today it is considered an endangered species.  There are give or take 3000 birds in this colony.

On the way to Stellenbosch we drove past Khayelitsha.  Khayelitsha means "Our New Home" in Xhosa.

It is home to over 390,000 people.  It is South Africa's largest and fastest growing township.

Stellenbosch is about 50 km (31 miles) from Cape Town.  It was founded in 1679.

Today it is a university town with a population of around 20,000.  Unfortunately we only had about an hour to walk around so I didn't get to see much of the town.

We then stopped off at Zevenwacht Winery for a short tour and wine tasting.  The winery dates back about 300 years.

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