Year of flying, and finally managed to get this dream destination. And even twice! But to not make this story too beautiful I’ll just mention that the flight itself isn’t easy. For me it’s closely connected with the hardest aspect of this job – departure early in the morning, before dawn. Which usually ends with sleepless night. But as before, after arriving to a new city, fatigue gives its place to excitement!
As if Europe
After traveling several kilometers from the airport through road strewn with patches of tin huts, emerges, seemingly, European city. Roads decorated with rows of trees, quarters of built-up area, houses in vivid color tones, docks converted into a modern shopping mall with an amusement park and lots of restaurants. And in addition, all of this surrounded by Table Mountain National Park.
What draws us out of mistake is people filling these spaces. Real mix! Coloureds prevail (people of mixed racial backgrounds), the a bit less numerous black and least numerous white.
About Cape Town as well as the whole country you can hear a lot of negative opinions concerning safety. However, despite the alarming statistics (In 50 millionth country, about 20 thousand killings, and over 65 thousand rapes each year, not to mention burglaries and thefts), I felt relatively safe.
Contrary to the fears of lovely and charming purser (from Cape Town) concerning my exploration plans of the city with the GoPro in my hand and a camera around my neck, even a hair of my head didn’t fell off. Of course, as usual, I wasn’t everywhere, and there are definitely areas where for tumor (at best) it’s not difficult to get, however, residents reacted friendly (I guess) at weirdo walking with a stick capped by a small webcam :)
Symbol of the city
But for what I loved Cape Town is its location. On the one side, the beautiful blue color of the Atlantic Ocean with miles of white-sand beaches, and on the other side a massive Table Mountain, on which, thirsty for beautiful landscapes, I just had to climb.
In more than one hour climb on the stone blocks I was accompanied by Szilvia from Hungary (former tennis player!) and Englishman Jack. We started eagerly. Fun conversations, jokes, weather was nice as well. After about half an hour the situation changed dramatically. It was so windy that sometimes it was hard to stand still. The trail led overshadowed, because of what cold began to scorch, and elevated pulse resulted in resignation of further talks. What was really helping was turning back from time to time to enjoy the view of the city from above.
But the real joy brought getting to the top, from where the view on all sides was simply overwhelming! Satisfaction expanded by the fact that more lazy crew from our flight who decided to use the cable car in getting to the top, because of the crowds of people, it took them much longer time than our climbing: D
Miracles of nature
Further south on the so-called Boulders Beach, you can find a complete oddity. Penguins! Penguins in Africa?! Not the freezing Antarctica but nice and warm coast of the black continent. How they got there? In contrast to the islands that they live as well, on the mainland is simply less predators.
Toddlers, not afraid of people at all! They tangle under people feet, screech like crazy, and what’s more they’re copulating in front of everybody! Such a whoppers!
We go further south, where making little stopover by the small fishing port. And there, one gentleman, apparently friendly with the local seals, for small donations from tourists, puts fish into his mouth, bends over the water, and suddenly the surface of water breaks the seal, which jumps to this guy head and grabs fish by giving him almost a kiss :)
If there wasn’t enough surprises from the animal world, in further drive slowed us baboons. Contrary to appearances, with those creatures you must be very careful. They will eat almost anything, from fruit to even young gazelles. They won’t despise what they can find among the tourists neither…
End of the world
We finally came to an end. At least for me personally, the end of the world. So far, I’ve never been so south of home! I set foot on the Cape of Good Hope, which was once mistakenly considered as the most south point of Africa. The title took from him Cape Agulhas (much less spectacular).
Cape was first discovered in 1488 by Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias, who called it the Cape of Storms, due to prevailing there poor weather conditions (the area is one of the world’s highest active lightning). Its name was changed to the current one by Portuguese king. Achieving the cape by ships, was suppose to give hope to reach the Far East.
Recommended by Flying Polack!
If you’re thinking about the new direction for holidays, where lying on the beach you’d like to combine with active recreation and sightseeing soaked in history, Cape Town will be a great choice. Besides, what you have read above, you can go to the winery, producing some of the best red wines in the world, dive with sharks (which soon I’m going to do), watch whales and eat more than well! And all that at reasonable prices. I strongly recommend! :)
Check out also video from the trip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHJkj0_WFws
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