Good Hope

April 18, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

After a great sleep, we thought things might be turning in our favor when we discovered the breakfast buffet!

So our hotel restaurant has a great buffet breakfast too! #fillyourpockets #insulin

Godfrey picked us up at the front door of our hotel and we looked nervously at the skies. The thick cloud showed signs of breaking up, but you never know around the Cape!

Well, the timing couldn't be better as we wound our way along the stunning road hugging the cliffs en route to the cape. At Camps Bay, I had perfect shooting conditions. That's my parents on the rocks, completing the composition for me.

Camps Bay Clearing Camps Bay Mist

We passed Hout Bay where the shooting conditions weren't as favorable. The viewpoint looked back into the harsh sun so I will not publish those photos. The drive itself was an experience, however, and the closest thing I can compare it to is the Pacific Coast Highway south of San Francisco. With bigger mountains. Fabulous.

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En route to the cape, we stopped at an ostrich farm #dinosaurbirds

We ate ostrich a few days later. It wasn't bad; it was a darker meat, closer to beef than turkey, with a bit more of a gamey flavor.

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The excitement started shortly after the ostrich farm, as Dad spotted an red hartebeest in the distance, and then I noticed some baboons closer to the road. I was happy to cross the baboons off my photo 'bucket list' and an unexpected antelope.

Red Hartebeest

Baboon

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Here she is, the Cape of Good Hope!! #endoftheroad

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#bucketlist

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We hiked from the Cape of Good Hope to the parking lot for the lighthouse. It was a lovely walk, and I just couldn't believe where I was standing.
Cape of Good Hope

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Just as we were ascending the hill to the parking lot, we spotted a giant eland close to the trail. I was happy with this photo, and glad I packed my telephoto lens on the trail.

Eland

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At the cape lighthouse #cliche

The day was only half finished and it had already been a great one. The temperature was probably around 28 degrees and winds were light. It was really starting to feel like a vacation. The next stop was going to be Simon's Town for lunch and a visit to Boulders Beach and the African penguin colony!

 


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