With the packing all done we woke early so we could disembark and also do a tour with our group to Table Mountain and around the peninsular.
We squeezed us and the luggage onto the bus, left the port and headed straight to the hotel to drop the bags off...
Today’s tour followed the coast around from the Atlantic Ocean over to the Indian Ocean. We followed the rugged coastline around passing through some of Cape Town’s most affluent areas, stopping along the way to grab some great vistas. Driving through the seaside villages we stopped at Hout Bay where we caught a ferry out to Seal Island to see the hundreds of fur seals perched on the rocks and frolicking in the water.
Further along we drove till we got to Simon Town where we walked out to Boulder Beach to see a colony of African Penguins in their natural environment via the wooden walkways that weave their way down to the beach. The penguins were busy swimming, sunning themselves and even laying their eggs right there in the sand....
For lunch we stopped at Klak and had lunch at the Brass Bell... a really delicious seafood lunch at really cheap prices, the view was not half too bad either.
To complete our circuit we headed back to Cape Town and straight up to Table Mountain. To get to the top you need to get the gondola, a round structure that you stand in, and as you travel up to the top the inside of the cabin rotates which gives you a 360 deg view.
Once at the top it was unbelievably windy. You had fabulous views down to Cape Town on one side, and on the other we were so high up all you could see was the cloud cover. Just as we were heading down the winds got so strong that the siren went off which meant that they were going to close it all down. Standing your ground was not easy with that wind howling around you....
One more stop to see the painted Malay houses.... beautifully painted houses in the heart of the Malaysian area of town.
On the way back to the ship we were dropped off at our hotel and it was with sadness that we had to say goodbye to our friends that were staying on the ship to sail up the west coast of Africa.
That night we got together with our tennis mates, Steve and Julie, who have been touring in South Africa and just happened to be in Cape Town on the same day. Dianne and Graham from our cruise also joined us and we walked down to the V & A waterfront where we dined at a South African-influenced restaurant so we could try some of their cuisine.