Me, Rachel Swailes. My blog about stuff I get up to in and around the Western Cape, Cape Town, George, Wilderness, Hermanus and other cool places :)

Published on Monday, January 22nd, 2007 at 10:38 pm

We headed off to the Cape Point Nature Reserve in the afternoon with Richard’s sister, Karen, and her friend Ryan.

On arriving we had no idea that the park was so huge. In fact, we could have easily spent the whole day there looking at the historic sights and checking out the beaches.

First off, we drove straight to the actual Cape Point, where we could see the lighthouse and take in the great views from there.

About halfway up the hill to the lighthouse, there are places where you can stop to sit and look out over the sea. Looking back towards Cape Town we could see the bay which is around the corner from the Cape of Good Hope. (The Cape of Good Hope is on the right hand side of the picture below.)

Karen and Ryan.

We made it to the top of the hill and this is looking out over False Bay. The mountains on the very far right are by Kogel Bay.

As you can see, it was pretty windy and the ratio of wind to tourists was quite accurate. I remember going to Cape Point with my folks quite a few years ago. The only thing I remember about it was that it was hectically windy then too.

This was one of the tourists at the top of the lighthouse walk having her hair blown around. Below is Ryan and Karen having their hair blown about too.

There is a signpost at the lighthouse that marks the distances to the major cities.

We left the lighthouse and drove to the Cape of Good Hope. The pictures below were taken on a walk up a rocky outcrop where we could see the lighthouse in the distance.

The dassies must be used to people feeding them because they were quite chilled out with us getting right up close to them. We didn’t have any food to give them though, so they disappeared after a while.

By the time we had walked back from the view point, the hundreds of tourists had left and we could take a picture of the four of us by the signpost without being trampled.

As we drove away we came across some ostriches hanging out by the road. You can see in the background of the one photo how windy it was by how much spray is coming off the waves.

We headed around to Buffalo Bay on the Indian Ocean side of the point and the water was surprisingly warm! What the photos don’t show, however is how choppy the water in the tidal pool actually was!

And we got some cool pictures of the clouds that were forming as we left the park.

After getting stuck in traffic on the way to Kalk Bay we opted to go home via Kommetjie and saw a massive fire burning towards the ocean. It’s been about a year since those massive fires on Table Mountain.

But it was a great afternoon. Next time I think a whole day trip is in order!

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