Cape Town and the Western Cape are probably the most pleasant and easiest places to visit in Africa, especially if you're a wine enthusiast, but there's a caveat: the area doesn't seem like Africa. Cape Town has a European feel. The wine lands seem a lot like Sonoma or Napa in California. Here are some snapshots from this portion of our six-week African trip. For an account of the entire trip, click HERE. Click on any picture to make it larger.
|The lively Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is one of many must-visit places in Cape Town.|
|An array of masks for sale at the bazaar at Green Market Square in downtown Cape Town.|
|Prints and original art are sold at Green Market Square.|
|African textiles at Green Market Square. We came home with cloth printed with President Obama's picture.|
|Camps Bay has the best beach in Cape Town. Across a busy road from the beach is one of the city's|
trendiest restaurant areas.
|The canopy walk at Cape Town's spectacular Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.|
|Lion's Head as seen from Kirstenbosch.|
|The M6 is the road for beaches near Cape Town.|
|A row of beach cabanas at Muizenberg at the northern end of the Cape of Good Hope.|
|African penguins nest right on the beach at Simon's Town|
on the Cape of Good Hope. It's the easiest and most
accessible place in the world to see penguins in the
|Penguins coexist with humans, who live in houses overlooking the beach at Simon's Town.|
|The nests are little more than indents in the sand and a few strands of grass or seaweed.|
|The southern tip of the Cape of Good Hope, often mistaken for the southernmost part of Africa.|
|At the lighthouse at the Cape of Good Hope.|
|Neat sign, but we saw no snakes.|
|Above and below, the view from Cliff Lodge near the town of Gansbaai.|
|The figurehead from a shipwreck,|
displayed at the Shipwreck Museum
in Bredasdorp. Below, info on one
of the cape's most famous shipwrecks.
|The lighthouse at Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point of Africa and the dividing point|
between the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.
|To reach the top of the lighthouse (above),|
one has to climb the ladder (below). We did.
|One of many views of Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain.|
|It's a bit heart-stopping, but people are allowed to clamber where they want on Table Mountain.|
|As our gondola descended from Table Mountain, its counterweight,|
the other gondola, was on its way up.