Day Trips from Cape Town, South Africa

Wine, incredible landscapes, chocolate, boutique shops. Penguins, lighthouses, mountains. All the incredible sights I saw during a few days trips out from Cape Town.

Visiting the wineries of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch

South Africa, like New Zealand, knows how to do good wine. Taking a day out with a friend from my tour and a driver we visited some of the must-see wineries and did a tasting + lunch – it was an incredible day.

Kirsten and I doing a chocolate and wine tasting at Spiers

Kirsten and I doing a chocolate and wine tasting at Spiers

The chocolate and wine - Spiers

The chocolate and wine – Spiers

View from Delaire Graff Estate (yes that's the Graff Diamonds guy)

View from Delaire Graff Estate (yes that’s the Graff Diamonds guy)

View from Tokara Winery

View from Tokara Winery

Franschhoek

Franschhoek

Chocolate Shop in Franschhoek

Chocolate Shop in Franschhoek

Chapman’s Peak Drive

The next day a group of us piled into a car and headed out for a day of scenery.

A bay near Chapman's Peak Drive

A bay near Chapman’s Peak Drive

View along Chapman's Peak Drive

View along Chapman’s Peak Drive

Our group along Chapman's Peak Drive

Our group along Chapman’s Peak Drive

Boulders Beach

Heading down towards Cape Point, we stopped off to see the African penguins at Boulders Beach.

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach Penguins

Boulders Beach Penguins

Penguin chillin'

Penguin chillin’

Penguin soaking up sun

Penguin soaking up sun

Penguin yet to loose its fluffy feathers

Penguin yet to loose its feathers during moulting time

The colony at Boulder Beach started with just two back in 1982 and has grown to around 2,200. They are also known as the ‘Jackass Penguin’ from the noise they make like a donkey bray.

Nesting Penguins

Nesting Penguins

Penguin on a mission

Penguin on a mission

Penguin that found paper

Penguin that found paper

and proceeded to add it to its nest

and proceeded to add it to its nest

Penguin running out of the surf

Penguin running out of the surf

After being aww’d by the cuteness, we headed for Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope.

Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope

Cape Point is all about the flora and fauna, with amazing ocean views. It is situated between two of the earth’s most contrasting water currents – the cold Benguela current on the West Coast and the warm Agulhas current on the East Coast, otherwise known as the meeting of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

Cape Point

Cape Point

Lighthouse at Cape Point

Lighthouse at Cape Point

Cape Point

Cape Point – near here you can ‘just’ see where two major ocean currents meet

View down from Cape Point

View down from Cape Point

Cape of Good Hope

Cape of Good Hope

Ostrich family near the Cape of Good Hope

Ostrich family near the Cape of Good Hope

This winds up my time in Africa. It’s been an absolutely fantastic trip. So many landscapes and different types of wildlife. They always say once you’ve been to Africa once you must return as you leave you heart there. This was my second time to Africa and I know it won’t be my last. It was great to see a different side to Africa this time.

From here, I fly to Istanbul in Turkey for a night, then to Sao Paulo in Brazil and then bus to Iguazu Falls in Brazil and Argentina. It’s going to be a busy week ahead!

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