Sunday 29 April 2018

Cape of Good Hope and the penguins at Boulders

Another excellent day today, this time on the Sightseeing Bus day trip down the coast. We started out just after 9am for the two hour run down to the Cape, and once there we headed straight up to see the old and new lighthouses. Our guide told us that the old lighthouse is on the top of the cliff, but unfortunately it often gets covered by fog and on one of those occasions a ship was wrecked on the rocks far below, so the decision was made to build one nearer to the sea.

If you look really closely at the above photo you might see a little lump at both the top and bottom of the cliffs in the distance. 
The scenery was fantastic and our guide took us on a walk away from the lighthouse and to the furthest point on the mainland. 

We then hopped back on the bus and almost immediately passed a big group of wild ostriches on the beach. 

They are taller than most people, weigh up to 130 kilograms and have a very sharp and dangerous big toe, so we just admired them from inside the bus. 
The next stop was probably the highlight of our trip to South Africa - a visit to the penguins. 
They are based at Boulders which is a beautiful beach, with - you've guessed it - lots of giant boulders on it. 

Much more exciting than the boulders though were the penguins, hundreds of them just chilling out out a Sunday afternoon. We were on a boardwalk above them and they ignored us all completely and just got on with their lives. 

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