Wednesday, November 12, 2014

6th & Final Post - The Glorious Cape, Cape Town, and the Winelands

This is the last post for our Wonderful South Africa trip and there are quite a few pictures, but it encompasses the last four days.
From Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo Desert, we spent a day driving Route 62, the longest Wine Route in the world. There is great diversity of scenery and numerous mountain passes as we make our way east to the Cape Region.
From the top of du Toits Kloof Pass, the whole Cape Region spreads out in front of us like a panorama photo! From there we drive through immaculate vineyards and sprawling, upscale suburbs into Cape Town, our home for the last 3 nights.

Breakfast on the deck of the River Lodge in Oudtshoorn

Diverse scenery along Route 62

Chinese Lanterns blooming

Montagu - a Bird Hide right in the middle of town.
Lots of Sacred Ibis, Egrets, Herons, and Yellow Weavers

Birds at the pond's shore

Looking down from du Toits Kloof Pass

Wild Protea bloom along the roadsides.

Cape Town from the side of Table Mountain

The forecast for our days in Cape Town was for wind, so we took our first opportunity and took the cable car up Table Mountain right away that first evening.

Table Mountain Cable Car, one of only three rotating cable cars in the world.

Doris with the Lion's Head in the background

The Twelve Apostles (mountains) soaring above the sea of clouds

Dinner on top of Table Mountain

Sunset over a Sea of Clouds over the Atlantic Ocean

Lights come on down below in Cape Town as we pose for a last group photo.

View from my window at the Rouge on Rose Bed & Breakfast

The Sentinel and Hout Bay

Sherry, Ed, and Jennifer at Hout Bay on Chapman's Peak Drive

Nordhoek Beach, five miles of pure white sand

Young South Africans sing and dance for us at Simon's Town

Another lunch with a view at Seaforth's

Penguins at Boulder's Beach

Lots of Penguins!

Fleeing the water

Wildflowers down on the Cape

Orpha posing in the Cape Snow

Cape Snow

Wild landscape down on the Cape of Good Hope

Pin Cushion Protea bloom on the Cape

View of False Bay from Cape Point

Taking the trek down from Cape Point to the Cape of Good Hope

Hundreds of Birds at the Cape

Wild Seas

Ed and Barb make their way down from the rocks

Orpha, Jennifer and Fern make it down to the Cape as well.

Cape of Good Hope, most southwesterly point in Africa

Ostriches at the Atlantic Ocean

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

A mother owl perches in a tree

The baby owls take refuge on a rock

Pin Cushion Protea

King Protea, National Flower of South Africa

Bird of Paradise

Watsonia and Protea

The 'Tree Snake' walkway at Kirstenbosch

Barb under a Camphor Tree

Middelvlei Winery

Jennifer uses the Wine Thief under Ben's watchful eye

Ben tells us about the Middelvlei Winery

Stellenbosch - Cape Dutch Architecture


Stellenbosch Vineyards and Mountains

Cape Town Waterfront

Cape Town Waterfront

Bo Kap District of Cape Town

What Colors!

South African Parliament

Gathering under a giant Rubber Tree (Ficus)