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                                                                                                     Western Cape



Approaching the entrance through Knysna Heads


Once through the Heads, the calm waters of Knysna lagoon

Knysna Heads

View of the Heads from a restaurant on the shoreline

The Oyster Bar

Home of the delicious Knysna Oysters

Southern Coast

The southern coastline between Knysna and Mossel Bay driving along the Garden Route

Along the Garden Route

Beautiful coastline

Maritime Museum in Mossel Bay

Full size replica of Bartholomeu Dias' original caravel; Portuguese mariner who made landfall in South Africa in 1488

Happy Birthday Mom!

Mailing Mom's birthday card from the boot-shaped letterbox at the Post Office Tree in Mossel Bay, which gets a special postmark

At the Helm

Robert at the helm as we are leaving Knysna

Leaving Knysna

Approaching the Heads from the lagoon

Leaving Knysna

It is imperative to keep close to the starboard side of the inlet to avoid the unmarked rocks to port

Deck work

Getting the spinnaker pole in place while the seas are still calm

Passage past Cape Agulhas

The weather was cold sailing along the southern coast

South Africa Sailing

Sailing along the cold southern coast

False Bay Yacht Club, Simon's Town

False Bay Yacht Club where we based ourselves for touring the Cape Peninsula

False Bay Yacht Club

Boat slips at the marina

False Bay Yacht Club

Marina berths with the South African Royal Navy Yard in the background

Christmas Dinner

We celebrated Christmas at an English Pub with Dawn and Roger of "Katrilli" and their son and daughter-in-law. LtoR: Sara, Warwick, Dawn, Elyse, Robert (photo courtesy of Roger)

Christmas Dinner

LtoR: Elyse, Robert, Roger, Sara, Warwick (photo courtesy of Dawn)

Dinner aboard Iron Mistress

Elyse with Joshua, Matthew and Janice of "Obsession", our neighbors at False Bay Yacht Club

Able Seaman Just Nuisance

Memorial to the Great Dane who was officially enlisted in the Royal Navy in Simon's Town, South Africa

False Bay

View of the bay and marina from an overlook in Simon's Town

Simon's Town

Walkway between the homes that are built up the mountainside

Foxy Beach at the False Bay Boulders

African Penguin colony within walking distance of Simon's Town

The Boulders

Large boulders along the beach provides shelter from the strong winds

African Penguin

The colony, from two breeding pairs in 1982, has grown to about 3,000

Nesting Time

After heading out to sea to feed around December (after peak moulting time), the penguin returns in January to mate and begin nesting

False Bay Coastline

Taking the train from Simon's Town to Cape Town

Cape Town

V&A Waterfront -- the Old Clock Tower

Cape Town

Tyrone of Cape Town Harley Davidson with Elyse

Table Mountain

View of Table Mountain from Signal Hill peak

Table Mountain

View of Table Mountain from V&A Waterfront in Cape Town

Platteklip Gorge

We hiked up to the top of Table Mountain via the Platteklip Gorge route

Platteklip Gorge

Finally getting to the top of the gorge

Top of Table Mountain

The views all around were spectacular

Top of Table Mountain

Table Bay in the distance

Top of Table Mountain

The area is covered with scrubby brush known as fynbos

View from the Top

The narrow white dotted strip that you can see is the road where we started our hike to the top of Table Mountain

Cape Town Coastline

View of the coast from higher ground

Local lizard

A lizard sunning himself at the Table Mountain summit

Upper Cableway Station

View of the cables for the Table Mountain Cable Cars

Table Mountain Cable Cars

Two cars continuously go up and down the mountain all day unless it's too windy

Cable Car

Each cable car holds about 65 people and turns 360 degrees as it ascends or descends

Classic Table Mountain

View of Table Mountain from the town of Table View, along the coast north of Cape Town

The Sentinel

The Sentinel and coastline of Hout Bay viewed from the spectacular Chapman's Peak Drive

The Cape Flats

The area known as Cape Flats, is miles and miles of shantytown squatter camps, with the "homes" made of corregated iron, cardboard and plastic

Table Mountain National Park

Cape Point peninsula Atlantic Ocean coastline

Cape Point

The tip of the Cape Point Peninsula

Two Oceans Restaurant

A beautiful day for an outdoor lunch at Cape Point

Cape Point Tortoise

While driving through the Cape Peninsula, you must be careful not to run over the tortoises

Cape of Good Hope

The most south western point of the African Continent

Cape of Good Hope

A beautiful day, but windy, on the Cape Peninsula

Cape of Good Hope

View of the Cape of Good Hope from the lighthouse on Cape Point

Cape Ostriches

Wild ostriches along the Atlantic coastline of the Cape Peninsula


Female ostrich

Cape Peninsula

Beautiful beach along the Cape Peninsula coastline

Chacma Baboon - Cape Peninsula

Mother baboon cuddling her baby, these baboons are the only protected population of this species in Africa

Male Chacma Baboon

They frequently roam the beaches feeding on sand hoppers and shellfish, and can be very dangerous

The Notorious Cape Agulhas

The southern coast where the Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean meet

Cape Agulhas

The southern most point of the African Continent

Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

A welcoming signal at night along this "shipwreck coast"

Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

View from the top of the lighthouse

Wine Country

The Graham Beck Winery in Franschhoek

Wine Country

The Cabernet vineyards

The Warwick Winery

Grapes soon ready for harvest

Along the wine route

The Hartenberg Winery

Wine Country

View of the surrounding vineyards

The Constantia Wine Route

Groot Constantia Winery -- a great lunch spot

Groot Constantia Winery

The Jonkershuis Restaurant

Groot Constantia

The Manor House Museum