The day dawned with heat in the air when we made our way down to breakfast at 6:30 in the morning. The view outside our room is of the Atlantic side of the Cape. Out in the mist is Robbins Island where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of 27 years in jail. The sunshine promised a 'nice one'. Ended up in the thirties with no clouds at all. Much hotter here than Johannesburg.
Today was one of guided sightseeing. We contracted a tour company to join a small tour and it turned out that we were the only ones on it.
The one on one service was amazing. We learned that everything was going to be "lekky" and practiced our Tsoski clicks...we're very bad and spit all over with them.
The beaches are amazing, but each one came with its own history of great white shark attacks. Most were suited for surfing. All had people swimming....anyways.
Cape of Good Hope is the southern most point of Western Africa. One of the "four corners" of the world.
But of course, Fernando was most impressed with the monument to Bartholemew Dias who is recorded to be the first who rounded the Cape in search of a route to the black gold...pepper in India.
Unemployment in the part is at around 24% so entrepreneurs do whatever they can to stand out and provide a living for themselves. The woodwork is amazing and I could just purchase suitcases and suitcases of the stuff.
There are many seal and penguin colonies along the route and wild Ostriches dot the various stops.
The small towns are are worthy of a look and we couldn't begin to properly travel this section in less than a month. But all the sighseeing is a bit of a blur when you try to do it in a day. I (foolishly) did not bring along the sunblock that I so carefully applied at 7 am and ended up getting quite a burn....a lesson to make sure that is in regular attendence on our hike.
The evening looms and we will spend it on the harbourfront where all the 'action' is. Lovely restaurants, shops, live entertainment etc.