S: South Africa 2011
FC: SSS | South Africa 2011
1: Table Mountain
2: Durban Blue Waters Motel. Got in late to Durban and was not aware how close to Ocean we were. Imagine our surprise when we stepped out onto our balcony!
3: View from dock, below are some surfers out that morning
4: Paige standing in front of her college, pictures of the Bed and Breakfast we stayed at in Pietermeritzburg, Julie in pink is the owner of the B&B, and her "guard" dogs below!
6: We took a drive outside of Pietermeritzburg, we went to a waterfall and enjoyed the countryside. Dwight did a great job driving, just a little distracted when we would see a dairy farm! Also had our first beer with Paige in a cute little brewery we stopped at, she was legal there!
8: First night in Cape Town. The motel recommended this restaurant at the Waterfront. Excellent!
9: Table Mountain We rode cable cars to the top of the mountain. From the top we could see all of Cape Town, the Atlantic Ocean, the Twelve Apostles, Camps Bay. Incredible
11: More Table Mountain
12: More Table Mountain
14: The Twelve Apostiles were the names given to the twelve mountains first seen by the sailors who were the first to arrive Cape Town, you can see a few of these mountains on the left.
15: This is a cloud that passed over while we were on top of the mountain, looks like water hitting the shore!
16: Stellenbosch We visited three winery's and did lunch and some shopping. The valley (pictures on the right) is surrounded by mountains and we were told that years ago (before people settled there) the Elephants would come over mountains to valley and graze, must have been sight to see.
18: Our third day we stared out Duiker Island in Hout Bay visiting the Cape fur seals. We took a boat out to island, in very rough waters! Lots and lots of seals!
20: Cape of Good Hope The southern most point of Africa.
22: Cape Point Where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Paige and Mom stuck their toe's in the meeting point.
23: The Baboons will open car doors and steal purses and bags from unexpecting people. There are people in this car. | Ostrich's are found in the wild and on farms. We had ostrich at restaurant and it was good!
24: Walking with Penguins in Simon's Town
26: Walking with Penguins in Simon's Town
27: Camps Bay Known for its great surfing along with beauty
28: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
30: Fairy Glen Safari Day 4 in Cape Town, on our way to our Safari in Worcester, beautiful day, great tour guides.
31: Our first encounter was a teenage bull elephant who was eating, he thought he would have a little fun with us so he pushed over the tree he was eating from over on us, guide had to quick move - teenage boys!
32: The endangered Rhinoceros on the left, they are poached for their horns which we were told are actually the same substance as our fingernails. Sad. | Water Buffalo on the left
33: We interrupted the lions nap, he was a little annoyed with us but at least didn't have us for lunch. | Zebra resting, camera lost battery power for the Springbock and Antelope.
34: We toured on the way back from Safari stopping to take pictures and do some brandy tasting with some Canadians that were on the tour with us. | A little chocolate with our brandy!
36: On the way back from Safari and Brandy tasting we stopped for some more pictures
38: Robben Island On Friday we took a boat to the island that Nelson Mandela was jailed for 17 of his 26 years in prison. People live on the island, they even have their own church and school
39: Above is a picture of prisoners working in court yard | This is the actual cell the Mandela lived in.
40: Middle picture is our tour guide who was formerly a political prisoner and has stayed at island and shares his experiences | The above picture is were Mandela hid his journal from guards, to the right is the lime corry political prisoners had to work in
41: The church in the lower right hand corner was built by the political prisoners and it was their church they were allowed to go to.
42: This Church is the first non-denominational church open to the whole public. Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu ministers here on Fridays and we did not find out about that until Saturday - darn! | Picture of some of downtown from a walkway over this street we took on way to Waterfront
43: Cleaning all the rust off the boats on the waterfront. We also saw a tour bus with Kaylin’s name on it apparently she is quite the world traveler!
45: We took a night tour of Cape Town and saw the most amazing sunset!
46: We went to the top of Signal Hill and had snacks while the sun went down
48: City Landscape on our Night Tour
50: On Saturday, our last full day in South Africa we went to the Cape Town Aquarium, this penguin family caught our attention!
51: We all had a great time on our vacation, beautiful Country and we had a great official tour guide!