Hi my lovely readers,
January is in full force and I am definitely feeling those holiday blues. I recently went to South Africa and visited Johannesburg and Cape Town. Check out my post on the Johannesburg Wildlife, if you are an animal lover, this one’s for you. This post is all about the time I spent in Cape Town. Cape Town is the capital city of South Africa and also is close to Robben Island where nelson Mandela was held. It is a cosmopolitan city full of history and colour. We had a limited amount of days to explore the city, so had to be very organised in what we picked to go and see. Our driver Rafiq was very knowledgeable and we trusted his judgment on what to see when.
The first thing on our list was Table Mountain. Being one of the most recent natural wonders of the world we had to see it. Unfortunately, Table Mountain is closed if it is too cloudy and on our first day it was way too cloudy. Instead, we decided to go to an African market to get souvenirs and go and see the sea lions on Hout Bay. To get to the Sea Lion Island we had to take a boat from Hout Bay. As we got on the Boat there were performers and a man feeding a sea lion. The view from the boat as we approached the Island was amazing, clear waters and beautiful greenery. It was incredibly windswept and the water would splash into the boat. That was all part of the fun When we got to the Sea Lion Island, there were hundreds of sea lion just basking in the sun. It was a beautiful sight. This was a great activity to do as a family and we had a lot of fun.
We then took a drive along the coast and views were as if we were in a postcard. We came across these amazing huge stone sculptures that people were buying. The detail on these sculptures was great and I loved the one of ‘The Big 5’ and the mum and baby. Rafiq our driver was taking us towards Cape Point, which is the most southern part of Africa. It is where you see the tip at the bottom of the Africa on the World Map. As we approached Cape Point the traffic was at a standstill. We decided to stop as close to Cape point as we could and take photos there as waiting in traffic could take us hours. We would make better use of time this way. We decided to have lunch and see the Penguins on Boulders Beach. The sheer amount of Penguins that inhabit the area is immense. It was a beautiful sight, seeing the Penguin families huddling together. It is a must see.
It was a beautiful clear sunny day, and that meant one thing- TABLE MOUNTAIN! The weather was finally on our side and Table Mountain was one of the attractions that we just could not miss. You can either trek up Table Mountain or take the aerial cableway, we decided to take the aerial cableway. As well as Table Mountain we also could see Lion’s Head in the distance. This is a mountain that has the shape of a Lion’s Head, people also trek up this mountain too. On this particular day, it was incredibly hot. We waited in line for around 2 hours and the aerial cableway takes a swift three minutes to get to the top of Table Mountain. As soon as we got to the top it was AMAZING! I must say these are some of the best views I have ever seen in my life so far, and it would take something immense to change that. From Table Mountain, you get an aerial view of the whole of Cape Town. I could see Robben Island, the Cape Town Stadium and the entire ocean. It was beautiful. We took a whole lot of photos on the Moutain as it was so picturesque. Table Mountain is the Official New Nature Wonder of the World and I don’t think I will ever forget seeing it. It is thriving on the Mountain- people eating, drinking and taking photos. It was a great atmosphere on the mountain onlooking paragliders.
It was coming up to the end of out time in Cape Town and we really wanted to wind down. We spent our last day shopping and then on the beach. Our Driver Rafiq drove through a township on the way to an African Market. Townships are dotted around Cape Town and are known to be unsafe. Seeing one was very interesting, Rafiq explained that the government has given the people that live in Townships free housing and they are to pay a little bit of rent, but the people are choosing to put their houses up for rent and live in the Township for free as they are not paying for anything. I guess this is how they choose to live. The African Market was amazing. I found the most incredible jewellery there, really fine Zulu beaded chains and amazing artwork. I picked up a lot of my souvenirs from here. Haggling was the way to go, the salesman would always try and increase the prices as they know you are a tourist. Always haggle to get the best price for your goods.
After the African Market, we went to the V&A Waterfront. From here you get a great view of the Atlantic Ocean and very modern shopping. For a moment I felt like I was back in London shopping in the Summer. There is a massive range of shops and restaurants. What I really enjoyed was the entertainment outside. There was a live band playing and they were great. People were having a dance and giving their support. Our hotel was based in Gordon’s Bay where there was a beach about a fifteen-minute walk away, we decided to spend our last evening relaxing on the beach and watch the sunset. It was beautiful and almost magical. Perfection.
Thank you so much for reading my post I hope you have enjoyed it! I will a few more installments on my time in South Africa. If you want to know anything else do comment below or get in touch with me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Page and Snapchat (krupaaroundtown). I have had so much fun with taking all these photos for the blog and I feel like I am learning so much more about photography. There will be lots of exciting things coming on ‘Krupa Around Town’ in 2017. Watch this space…