Are you sick of South Africa yet? No? Good. It seems silly perhaps, but even though my first visit to South Africa was only 18 months ago, I’m pretty sure my blog has more posts dedicated to the country than any one place—and my latest find is a great day trip from Cape Town.
In truth, South Africa is one of the most naturally beautiful places on the planet. Every bend you drive around is just another magnificent vista, another photo opp waiting to be exploited.
When we went to West Coast National Park with Kristin and Brian, our last stop was Tsaarbank, one of the northernmost points on the peninsula within the park and prime territory for whale-watching.
Of course, the first thing we saw there was not whales but…a Semester at Sea bus! And we were two hours from Cape Town in a much less touristy area, too. The funny thing about traveling with Semester at Sea is that no matter where you go within the country in which you’re docked, you are guaranteed to see at least one other group of SAS participants (often times, many more). We simply take over the country, big or small.
The rocks out at Tsaarbank are perfect for monkeying around and serve as a perch to watch for wildlife.
But given that the surf looked like this, I knew we had no chance of seeing our barnacled friends.
Still, the tempestuous waters didn’t stop any of us from having a full-on photo shoot (as we’re wont to do).
Brian could even use this one for his company back home. Fitting head shot for an outdoors retailer, don’t you think?
Sadly, no jumping shots were had as slippery rocks + jumping do not = a fun outcome, particularly if you’re already extremely accident prone like me.
Have I mentioned before my outright love for South Africa and how I can’t wait to return to this very spot again someday? No? Then maybe this will convince you: