All good things have an ending, and so it was as we left the bush for Capetown and a totally different experience.
Capetown is about the size of Houston and has much the same feel: modern, busy, culturally diverse.
In the 3 days we were there we saw a lot thanks to a wonderful, fun and knowledgeable guide Lucille Lynham. First thing we did was go to the western cape to see the penguins that have adapted to the coast.
They were such entertaining little characters and paid no attention to their human observers.
It was birthing season with lots of new chicks still in the nests with mama.
Beautiful beaches with impressive surf line the coast, and judging from the number of surfers they are a real paradise. The penguins appear to be better suited for the frigid water than humans who wear wet suits!
For the hubby, the main attraction of the area was being in place at the cape. He is happy to have been on both the African and South American capes which have such historical significance.
In addition to beaches, Capetown has mountains. Table Mountain, viewable from many locations, attracts the most visitors.
If one is very fit, there are hiking trails to the top, but most people go by cable car. I must confess to being very relieved when the ride was over!
As much as I enjoyed these sites, what I really loved were the places of local color. The Bo Kaap is a Muslim community with rows of brightly colored houses.
Outdoor markets are always irresistible for me. The hubby conveniently went another direction and I had no money so whatever temptation was there had to be resisted!
The Watershed was a large indoor market full of unique items, many handmade. I went back for a second visit without the hubby and with my credit card!
With all there is to see and do and eat, Capetown is a wonderful place to visit. There is one more place there I want to share, but it will wait until the next post. I hope you will join me for a fascinating visit.
For all the wonder of this great adventure in Botswana and Capetown, I want to give a big shoutout to Tamsyn and Robyn of Travel Artistry Africa for making it happen.