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Cape Town, between Sea and Sky.

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By siris

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Continuation of our holiday to S. Africa, this time from the start……
Why did we chose S. Africa as a holiday destination ….warm weather, unusual flora and to go on Safari.
Cape Town city is situated between the Southern Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain.

At the harbour, the V & A waterfront has been redeveloped as a tourist destination, with hotels, outlet shops restaurants and other attractions. Cape Fur Seals can be seen swimming in the harbour and doing a bit of sunbathing.

There is also a wonderful Aquarium, displaying the local inhabitants of the waters, well worth a visit.

Some of the larger exhibits, are creatures that have been injured in the harbour.

Our hotel was situated across the road from a large public park between the sea and the mountain, The Company Gardens. We were woken in the mornings by the adult Egyptian Gueese which roosted on the top of the fountains, calling to their goslings.

A stroll through the gardens was most pleasant, to look at the imposing buildings surrounding the park, most are now used as government buildings, museums, art galleries and an observatory.

Or to admire the plants and get a feel for this unique flora.

Leucospermums

Moraea (Dietes) bicolor

Dietes grandiflora

Or maybe just a lie in the sun.

Beautifully grown cabbages

in the ‘kitchen’ gardens with the backdrop of Table Mountain behind.

A visit to the top of Table Mountain is a must, providing there is no mist over it. We were lucky that the sky was cloudless all the time we stayed. The city, by consequence was in a drought situation, no substantial rains for the last three years. Now 3 months on the situation is critical.

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I'd love to see Africa. Always enjoy your blogs.

13 Feb, 2018

 

Have heard that the drought situation is critical. Wish they could have some of ours.

The photos are great and will always remind you of your fantastic holiday.

13 Feb, 2018

 

Thank you Lori.
Eirlys, apparently water is being shipped into Cape Town from Durban, but the quality for drinking is dubious.

13 Feb, 2018

 

Glad you’re enjoying Cape Town, and hope you won’t be too affected by the drought situation. I remember riding to the summit of Table Mountain in a slowly rotating cable car: is that still there? Then we saw an Orca in Hout Bay. Enjoy the rest of your holiday!

13 Feb, 2018

 

Have a great time in Cape Town and on the rest of your trip. I stayed in the same hotel when I was there.

13 Feb, 2018

 

Thank you for sharing your adventures with us all.

14 Feb, 2018

 

Thanks to everyone who wished us an enjoyable holiday, unfortunately it was back in Nov 2017, back in the cold Uk now, indoors!
Sheila, yes the cable car is still the rotating one, and the queues to go up it. Did you see the Orca from the shore or take a whale watching boat trip? Excellent.

14 Feb, 2018

 

Andrew, we visited some of the sights that you did. Looking back at your excellent blog on S. Africa, I am trying to make mine slightly different, more animals.

14 Feb, 2018

 

Isn't GOY great that one can share in someone else's wonderful holidays, or visits, or gardens?

14 Feb, 2018

 

Or even to use someone's holiday blog to plan a visit?

14 Feb, 2018

 

Sue, my OH took us straight to the cable car from the airport, so the queue was very short. When we came down, we drove to Hout Bay, and walking along the boardwalk towards lunch, we saw the Orca!

14 Feb, 2018

 

this is such a lovely blog. i'm glad you had a wonderful time.

14 Feb, 2018

 

I really enjoyed this Siris, the sea life looks amazing, just the ticket for a UK Feb morning...:))

15 Feb, 2018

 

A 'great escape' for us, wonderful photos of a stunning location.

16 Feb, 2018

 

So much to see and do, insufficient time in a short stay. The weather so glorious, only when inside for the aquarium.

16 Feb, 2018

 

You will have to return then Siris......loving the blogs btw.

19 Feb, 2018

 

Lovely blogs, Siris! You have included some very nice photos of plants & animals!

19 Feb, 2018

 

We found it strange that peanuts were sold to feed those squirrels by hand. We consider the grey squirrels non-indigenous pests in the UK.

21 Feb, 2018

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