The South End of The Africa Continent, Cape Town

The most substantial area of Cape Town is the Table Mountain. It is mostly cloudy at the top. They call that speck of clouds the table sheet. It is a flat mountain in the shape of a table, although a side of it looks similar to a lion’s head. It’s height is 1.086 meters. When you at the mountain from the city, you see the Lion’s head to the right and the Devil’s Peak to the left. The west end of the Table Mountain is made up of 12 aligned hill’s called The Twelve Apostles. The only condition to get to the top of the mountain is the weather. To our luck, it was a very clear, shiny day. We get onto the ropeway to get to the top of the mountain. The ropeway is set up in a circle, so that the tourists can see 360 degree’s around the mountain. It is a bit of a steep climb to the top though, so although a bit scary the beauty of the view overweights the scenery.

The surface of the Table Mountain is flat, just like a well...table. There are many animals living atop the mountain like chameleons, porcupines, rock rabbits, Habeshian monkeys, and squirrels. We observed varying vegetation from scrub like bushes to very unique flowers and plants. Apparently there are more than 1500 plant species living atop the mountain. The rocks were interesting enough but were small in numbers. This area with the size of 3 km’s, is on the UNESCO’s world heritage list. At the same time, there are 5 dams just behind the table mountain and these plants covers the electric production for the city.

After Table Mountain, we head to the Company’s Botanic Garden another place worth visiting in Cape Town. There are many different kinds of trees brought from all around the world. There are signs in front of each species giving information about where they came from. Most are over 100 years old. One that interested me the most was the magnolia trees and the squirrel’s eating the acorns.

This place used to be a vegetable garden for the Netherlanders and was created in 1652. They were selling the vegetables grown here through trade ships. It is a very pleasant botanic garden with plants brought from every corner of the world. They surrounded a pear tree that netherlanders planted 300 years ago in order to protect it. Cant help but mention, there are an awful lot of grey squirrels around here.

In the city center of Cape Town, there are many plazas and sky scrappers all around the place. The rich families prefer to live on the luxurious villa’s just a bit out of the city.

The most touristic locations at the center of Cape town are the Viktoria and Alfred Waterfront. There are 3 pools in this area; 1- Victoria, 2- Alfred, 3- New Pool. There are many shops, stores and restourants in this area. The five story Two Oceans aquarium, seal and penguin pools are located here as well. You can see the seal’s with their bright furs, sunbathing under the sun.

The green market and it’s street bazaars are also very intriguing. Especially Trafalgar square and the flourists here are worth a visit.

While you are already here, you might as well see the Parlament Building as well. I strongly advice you to visit the South African Museum if you want to take a closer look to the San tribe life or the giant blue whale skeleton.

Afterwards we head to the Malay Neighbourhood. Since 80% of the population here is Muslim, it is also known as the Muslim neighbourhood. The neighbourhood is very colorful and is decorated with one and two story houses. You can come across kids playing games at every street.

Malays were the first Muslims to come to Africa. Naturally there are many mosques in the neighbourhood.

Now it is time to visit the famous Cape of Good Hope. Although we will give the seal isle a quick visit before we do that. While heading to the Cape of Good Hope, you can see beaches lying far to the atlantic coast. Along this shore, most of the beaches here are free to use. We encounter a surfer to our right, which reminds me, this is a surfer’s heaven. With it’s white beaches and a beautiful turqoise sea, this is everything a surfer would want. It is a magnificent view. To our left we see the 12 hills, aligned each other. The heighest hill of the Cape Town mountains is the Niyapuru standing tall at 3800 meters.

We get to the Seal Isle to see the seals, and the dolhpins accompany us on the way there. Watching the seals is a very enjoyable way to spend your time as well.

After that, we drop by to the Ostrich farm on the way. Ostriches approximately live about 70 years and they lay eggs twice throughout that time. Thus an ostrich egg has quite a value. The black ostriches are male while the grey ones are female. Ostrich feathers are an essential item in the shows of Rio Carnivale. These farms enabled us to see not only the ostriches but the antilopes and baboons in their natural habitats as well.

Now the time has come for us to discover the Cape of Good Hope. We get to the lighthouse at the top via a ropeway. After climbing another 60 stairs from there, you get to the lighthouse. It is again possible to see the baboons around. There are many signs here, informing the tourists about the distance of the lighthouse to certain points in the world. Like many other tourists we get some photos taken. One side is the Indian Ocean and the other is the Atlantic. The cold water flows in the atlantic, mix up with the warm ones in the Indian. The combination of the two oceans inspired many brands. The south african wine brand Two Oceans get their name from here.

On the side of the Indian ocean, there are many areas where penguins are living with their flock. This is also the laying grounds of the penguings, where you can watch them dig holes into the sand, lay their eggs and sit on top of the said holes to protect their eggs. These tiny smokins are definitely worth a watch, and I recommend enjoying going swimming in the same spot as them.

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1951 İstanbul doğumluyum. Yıl içinde dönüşümlü olarak Sinop, Bodrum ve İstanbul’da yaşamaktayım.Küçük yaşlarda babamın mesleği gereği, Türkiye’nin pek çok farklı şehirlerinde yaşadım.