31.01.2017 - 31.01.2017
Table Mountain, Sea Point, The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.
We were keeping our fingers crossed that the table-cloth would not be down on Table Mountain two days in a row. We awoke to find perfect clear blue skies and very little cloud. We set off early just in case conditions changed.
One of the good things about the red hop on hop off bus is that you can buy your cable car tickets from the bus driver so there is no need to queue for tickets when you arrive. The drive up to the mountain was very scenic and there are great views over Cape Town even from the cable car station at the foot of the mountain. There was a queue to get on the cable car itself but it moved reasonably quickly. The cable car cabins rotate as they ascend and descend so you will get a 360 degrees view as you go up and down.
When we reached the top of the mountain, we first wandered from viewing spot to viewing spot. There is a spectacular view over Camps Bay and also over Sea Point and the stadium. When we had had our fill of drinking in the view, we chose a trail to follow and set out on the paths through the fynbosch. Fynbosch are thin leaved shrubs, many of which are flowering, and they are typical vegetation in the Cape. We saw lots of different kinds of lizards sunning themselves on the rocks. Although there were lots of people up the mountain, it was very peaceful up there.
Eventually we made our way back to the cafe/restaurant/toilet area and bought beer and cheese sticks for Peter and ice-cream for me. As Peter was eating a cheese stick, an extremely cheeky red starling swooped down and took it right out of his mouth. We were stunned. We later found out these birds do this all the time. As well as the birds we saw a dassie wandering around the seating area hoping someone would feed it. A dassie is a herbivorous rock hyrax native to South Africa, in other words it's a kind of cute cuddly rodent that looks a bit like a cross between a mini-wombat and a giant guinea pig. Apparently it is related to the elephant, but there's not much family resemblance there.
When we finally came down from Table Mountain, we hopped back on the red route and took the bus round to Green Point. We had a look at the red and white lighthouse standing guard on the shore here. The Green Point Lighthouse was first lit on the 12th of April 1824, making it the oldest operational lighthouse in South Africa. This lighthouse was commissioned by Sir Rufane Shaw Donkin, acting Governor of the Cape Colony. It was designed by German architect Herman Shutte.
Across the road from the lighthouse is Green Point Urban Park. This is a pleasant park in itself and has excellent views of Cape Town Stadium. Cape Town Stadium was built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It is the home ground of Ajax Cape Town and Cape Town City.
The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.
After visiting Green Point we took the hop on hop off blue route bus and did a full circuit just to see all the wonderful views again. We finally got off at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and took the harbour cruise. We saw lots of seals on this cruise.
We visited the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront several times on this trip. It has great places to eat and drink and buy sounvenirs. It's also home to a huge aquarium that we did not visit and a big wheel.
I liked the waterfront's clock tower, its movable bridges, the dry docks where ships can be repaired and Nobel Square with its statues of Nobel Peace Prize recipients: Albert Luthuli, former president of the African National Congress, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, President FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela.