Saturday, 31 October 2015

Entry Two: Stellenbosch and Cape Town

 We began our time in Stellenbosch as any person would, on an all-day wine tour:). This picture was taken at Simonsig, the first of four wine farms that we visited. From the curmudgeonly driver to the heavy pours, it was an all around good experience and we highly recommend this option! 
 Joe was excited about the cellar tour at Dieu Donne, the only wine farm we visited that was making "Champagne" style white wines using secondary fermentation instead of CO2 addition- so good!
 Our last and most scenic stop on the tour, Zorgfliet. I am impressed that I could lift the camera at this point... heavy pours;).
 The view of False Bay from near Strand (the top of the bay).
 An African Penguin at the bird sanctuary in Bettysbaai
 More penguins! So many!!
 A mother penguin protecting her chicks:).
 A rock hyrax sits atop a throne of abalone! Such a large, strange (cute) rodent!
 A male southern right whale shows off his stuff to the ladies by slapping his tail on the surface. I took this picture from the table at lunch in Hermanus, the whale watching capital of South Africa (or the cape... not sure how far-reaching or accurate that claim is).  It was so cool to be eating lunch and have whales in the bay right across the street! There was also a mom and calf but I failed to get any pictures of them.
Spring blooms in Jonkershoek nature reserve.
A low stream on the waterfall hike in Jonkershoek. Unfortunately all the waterfalls were just a trickle at this time of year, but the scenery was still stunning. Can you spot the frog?:)
The view from atop table mountain after a strenuous hike up the Platteclip gorge. So worth it! I was secretly hoping that the cable car would take us back down to save our knees but it was closed (along with the cafe- what???!) when we arrived at the top. I never told Joe of my secret plans...
Joe and the cape:). So windy at the top that day!
The Cape of Good Hope...
And it's neighbor, Cape Point.
Joe inspects the wreck of the Thomas T. Tucker, a ship that ran aground on the cape in 1942.  We really liked the Cape Point National Park because you actually had to hike out to the shipwrecks... there were no plaques or anything, just wreckage on a deserted beach. Made it seem more real.
Hard to imagine how this place could destroy such a vessel on a clear, sunny day like today.  The cape has many secrets...

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