Cape Point, South Africa

Photo Friday: Cape Point, South Africa

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…to be continued from last week’s Photo Friday.

As we rounded the curve on a very windy coastal road leading out to Cape Town, we saw this suspicious silhouette…

baboon, south africa, africa, travel, photography, cape pointBABOON! A hitchhiking one at that, otherwise known as my father’s cousin. The funny thing is the peninsula is ridden with “Beware of Baboons” signage of all sorts, which we just dismissed as tourist lures. Surely there wasn’t actually the risk of baboons in such a heavily-trafficked area, I thought. But oh, no my friends; apparently, not only are they many, but they’re also extremely dangerous. If ever you’re just going about minding your own business and a baboon causes a roadblock in your path, whatever you do DON’T get out of the car. In fact, don’t so much as roll down your window or stop—like the hoards of stupid tourists, ourselves included, did when we saw our first baboon—as baboons are mean as snakes and will jump your car and shake it violently or try to climb in your windows (and eat all of your bananas, no doubt). And, little did we know at this early stage in our trip, but it was hardly the first interesting encounter we’d have with a baboon.

cape point, south africa, travel, photography, indian oceanAfter Mr. Baboon held up traffic long enough, he finally strutted away with disinterest, and we continued up the road to Cape Point. Following a topsy-turvy path that hugged the coast (not my Xanax-influenced mom’s favorite) for most of the way, we reached a large flat expanse of land through which we continued our last 10 miles or so. (Note: There’s a nominal fee—around $10 a person, I recall—to get into the national park.)

cape point, south africa, africa tip, photography, travel, indian oceanOnce we reached Cape Point, we had to park a half mile away and walk to the trailhead. We were pushing sunlight at this point, so instead of tackling the 45-minute hike as we’d normally be wont to do, we hopped aboard a shuttle and made it up in five minutes, then had a little bit of a stair climb from there.

cape point, south africa, hike, africa, travel, photographyThis is what we saw once we reached the top:

cape point, south africa, africa, indian ocean, atlantic ocean, photography, hikeStunning. It reminded me, strangely, of Capri. For the far as the eye can see, it’s just ocean, ocean and more ocean. From the other side of the point, you have sweeping panoramics of the mountains that flank the eastern portion of the peninsula:

cape point, south africa, africa tip, indian ocean, travel, photographyAnd then there’s of course the so-called meeting point of the two vast oceans. See the diagonal line jutting out from the rock below? That’s where the Indian and Atlantic collide—crazy that you can see a discernible divide.

cape point, south africa, travel, indian ocean, atlantic ocean, photography, africa(That is what we were told, at least. Upon doing my fact-checking, ever “reliable” source Wiki informs me there is no visible line…whatever, I’m going to go with this is it. It’s far more fun, don’t you think?)

After having traveled solo so much in the past decade, it was so very surreal being at the southern tip of Africa with my mom and sister in tow.

cape point, south africa, photography, travel, indian oceanI’m thinking we need to make this a habit.

cape point, south africa, travel, photography, road sign, baboonNext family vacay…Siberia?

  • April 23, 2010

    What a lovely picture of the three of you! I hope Jeannie’s making that one a framer.

  • April 23, 2010

    Looks like a gorgeous place – though I’m most interested in the baboon stories!

  • April 23, 2010

    I was there years and years ago and still remember those baboons! They were quite aggressive back then even. The Cape was a gorgeous place to see the sun set, though.

  • April 23, 2010

    I second the motion of framing that photo of the three of you – way to rock the good genes.

  • April 23, 2010

    Yeah sweets, what’s the deal with teasing us with the baboons? Are my cousins going to make a guest blogger appearance at some point in the near future? Monkeys seem to be underrepresented on this site and their union has been calling about this issue.

  • April 23, 2010

    I have to say, your pictures are certainly more fun when traveling with family! And that monkey totally looks like he’d cut a bitch…

  • April 23, 2010

    Love the photos of the ocean and the mountains. I never get to see such beauty here in Toronto. Everything is just flat over here. No tall mountains just mole hills. No stunning beaches, just lakes. South Africa is definitely calling me!!

  • April 23, 2010

    I’m surprised you didn’t get a Wild Card to get you into the National Parks. I found it a very good deal. And I was told that the baboons are some of the nastiest of critters. Those views will be etched in My dreams forever. I loved the Cape and need to return to spend more time there. I was told the Atlantic and Indian Ocean met further east around Cape Agulhas. Guess I better google. You three are stunning women. I think a family vacation in Siberia sounds great, in the summer. It’s on my list.

  • April 24, 2010

    Not only do they like bananas, they also like popcorn! One of those cheeky bastards stole my popcorn when I was there!!! What gorgeous photos as always. Makes me miss SA soooooo much!!! The 3 of you look divine. 🙂

  • April 24, 2010

    Lovely pictures and I’d like to believe that the lighter blue water is the Indian Ocean and the darker blue the Atlantic(talking from the point of view of the collison picture). All of that from my memory of the waters of Kanyakumari( I clearly remember seeing three different colours; bluey green(The Bay of Bengal), light blue(the Indian Ocean) and deep blue(The Arabian Sea). To be honest, I’m no longer sure how accurate that snapshot from my memory is but I don’t really care as that’s how I’ll always remember it in my head. 🙂

  • April 24, 2010

    What gorgeous photos! I’m absolutely dying to go to South Africa, and these pics definitely remind me why. Can’t wait! I love the baboon pic — I can’t imagine seeing them just walk around.

  • April 25, 2010

    Hi, Kristin! You have some really great photos in your blog. 🙂 As it happens, we just launched our first facebook contest and thought you might be interested in joining. The contest offers photo senders the chance to shop for travel activities worth US$3000 on our website. To join, please check out: Thanks and more power to your blog. 🙂

  • April 26, 2010

    So amazing! I never even thought of wanting to see where two oceans meet, but of course that would be cool! Your pictures are beautiful, as always, and they make me so excited to be able to travel like that one day! Good luck continuing with wedding preparations!

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