Ethiopia to Cape Town 2013

8 months - with Gitane - Toyota Hiace 4x4 van

Cape Town

May 2, 2014  —  South Africa

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront - City Bowl - Cape Town - South Africa

Ah, we finally reached Cape Town, a somewhat mythic city with great praises from guidebooks and travellers. What can I say except they are quite right. The city is nice and pleasant and the whole Cape Peninsula is full of great attractions; restaurants, bars, beaches, hikes, mountains, the ocean, extreme sports, an aquarium... it got is all.

In all my trips, I rarely thought of a place where I would like to buy a house or a condo. However, I would choose Cape Town to build myself a home and even several other places in South Africa. In fact, I wonder seriously if I would like to live there instead than in Québec (where I am from).

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront - City Bowl - Cape Town - South Africa
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront - City Bowl - Cape Town - South Africa
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront - City Bowl - Cape Town - South Africa
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront - City Bowl - Cape Town - South Africa
We are more than 12,000 km from Québec.
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront - City Bowl - Cape Town - South Africa
The Clock Tower.
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront - City Bowl - Cape Town - South Africa
A hotel with Signal Hill on the right and Lion's Head in the background.
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront - City Bowl - Cape Town - South Africa
The Table Mountains in the background. These small mountains offer numerous incredible hikes.
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront - City Bowl - Cape Town - South Africa

City Bowl (city centre)

The city centre (City Bowl) is located at the foot of the magnificent Table Mountains and is surrounded by the waters from the Atlantic Ocean.

City Bowl - Cape Town - South Africa
The city centre seen from Signal Hill.
City Bowl - Cape Town - South Africa
City Bowl - Cape Town - South Africa
Hard to believe! There are only 2-3 minutes between these two photos. In May, it is the beginning of winter; it rains quite often and the weather can change quickly.
City Bowl - Cape Town - South Africa
City Bowl - Cape Town - South Africa
Since we are quite big fans of sushi, we were not able to resist the urge to eat in this sushi restaurant. The plates are turning on the counter and one can grab whatever he likes by himself.
City Bowl - Cape Town - South Africa
View from the Castle of Good Hope.
City Bowl - Cape Town - South Africa
The City Hall.

City Bowl - Castle of Good Hope

City Bowl - Cape Town - South Africa

This castle, resembling a citadel, was built by the Dutch between 1666 and 1679. Nowadays, it is still used by the South African army.

City Bowl - Cape Town - South Africa
City Bowl - Cape Town - South Africa
City Bowl - Cape Town - South Africa
City Bowl - Cape Town - South Africa
City Bowl - Cape Town - South Africa
City Bowl - Cape Town - South Africa
City Bowl - Cape Town - South Africa
The outer wall protecting the castle.

Table Mountains

Table Mountain - Cape Town - South Africa
View during a brief bright interval.

The sun shone quite often... except when we decided to hike on these mountains.

In the morning, it was sunny. When we reached the mountain, the weather had changed. We walked in the cloud for a few hours, and we had only a few bright intervals. We spent some time at the top but we eventually went down... Obviously, a few hours later the sun was shining again. Bad luck.

Table Mountain - Cape Town - South Africa
Going down using the cableway.
City Bowl - Cape Town - South Africa

South Peninsula

Cape Town is located north of a small peninsula of about 40 km. All around the peninsula, there are some nice towns being part of the Cape Peninsula.

South Peninsula - Cape Town - South Africa
South Peninsula - Cape Town - South Africa
A nice restaurant name.
South Peninsula - Cape Town - South Africa
The town of Muizenberg and False Bay.
South Peninsula - Cape Town - South Africa
The town of Kalk Bay.
South Peninsula - Cape Town - South Africa

Chapman's Peak Drive

This road is spectacular because it winds its way on a cliff just above the ocean.

Chapman's Peak Drive - Atlantic Coast - Cape Town - South Africa
Can you see where the road is?
Chapman's Peak Drive - Atlantic Coast - Cape Town - South Africa
The road is carved into the cliff...
Chapman's Peak Drive - Atlantic Coast - Cape Town - South Africa
Chapman's Peak Drive - Atlantic Coast - Cape Town - South Africa
Chapman's Peak Drive - Atlantic Coast - Cape Town - South Africa
Not a bad place to live!
Chapman's Peak Drive - Atlantic Coast - Cape Town - South Africa

Atlantic Coast

Atlantic Coast - Cape Town - South Africa

A tourist attraction!

This man holds a piece of raw fish in his mouth and the seal reaches to get it... A nice trick.

Atlantic Coast - Cape Town - South Africa
Atlantic Coast - Cape Town - South Africa
Atlantic Coast - Cape Town - South Africa
Atlantic Coast - Cape Town - South Africa

Cape of Good Hope

Cape of Good Hope - Cape Town - South Africa
Cape of Good Hope.

The Cape of Good Hope is a park that protects the southernmost tip of the peninsula. It is a very nice park despite a very peculiar tourist site.

Cape of Good Hope - Cape Town - South Africa

Here is the weird place. Everybody takes a shot in front of the sign. It is the most south-western point of Africa. It seems to me that a lot of other sites could claim that title...

Cape of Good Hope - Cape Town - South Africa
Cape of Good Hope - Cape Town - South Africa
Cape of Good Hope - Cape Town - South Africa
Cape of Good Hope - Cape Town - South Africa
Cape of Good Hope - Cape Town - South Africa
The old lighthouse at the top of the photo.
Cape of Good Hope - Cape Town - South Africa
The new lighthouse.
Cape of Good Hope - Cape Town - South Africa
A nice trail toward the most south-western point of Africa.
Cape of Good Hope - Cape Town - South Africa