Day 7 South Africa Adventure

Monday, September 17th

Today we were up at 4:00 AM to get ready to leave our hotel near Stellenbosch and head toward Cape Town.  Our first stop was the wharf where we were to catch our ferry to visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.  Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate.  It was very windy and the boats didn’t run.  Since we couldn’t visit Robben Island we went to Camps Bay which is known for its white sand, natural rock swimming pool and views of the Twelve Apostles (a series of mountains named after Jesus’ disciples).

The Twelve Apostles are in the clouds!
Camps Bay

We were also going to take a cable car up Table Top mountain and again the weather didn’t cooperate.  It was too windy and the mountain was covered in clouds so the visibility was zero.  Our motorcoach then drove to Haut Bay where we stopped and had a ferry ride out to see many Cape Fur seals.IMG_0868

Our boat.
Cape Fur Seals
Cape Fur Seals

We also drove to the top of Signal Hill which is flat topped in Cape Town.  We had foggy views of Cape Town from Signal Hill which is between Lion’s Head and Table Mountain which were both covered by clouds!  Below are views from the “Hill”.

A view from Signal Hill
Another view from Signal Hill.
From Signal Hill you can see the Cape Town Stadium that was built in 2010 for the FIFA World Cup.
Another view from Signal Hill of Cape Town and the Atlantic Ocean.

These Guinea hens were spotted all around South Africa.

We drove around Cape Town on our way to the hotel.

downtown Cape Town
Cape Town’s City Hall
The Castle of Good Hope and part of its wall.

This evening we had a lecture by Christo Brand who wrote a book about Nelson Mandela.  Christo was Mandela’s prison guard.  His book is called, Doing Life with Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend.  Based on his interesting discussion and stories he shared with us, I look forward to reading his book.IMG_2605 copy

Tomorrow is our Cape Peninsula tour!

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