On the third day in Cape Town, our tour guide took us out to the
Cape of Good Hope, where by funicular and by climbing hundreds of
steps, we reached the lighthouse at the pinnacle. Here we experienced
a bird’s eye view of the marine meeting point of East and West as
the waters of the Indian and the Atlantic Oceans merge (photos).
The Cape’s welcoming committee is a gang of lively baboons clamoring
through the weather-trimmed shrubs and over the jagged rocks. Today,
the whole area is a nature preserve to protect the thousands of
indigenous species of flora and fauna that live here, some in no
other place on Earth. We observed geckos, ostriches, springboks,
bontebok and all kinds of birds fishing and soaring. We stopped
by Simonstown to view the bronze statue of “Just Nuisance”, the
dog who earned his reputation faithfully looking after sailors.
Another special highlight was visiting the flourishing colony of
delightful African penguins strutting about Boulder Bay, busily
trying to protect their eggs from the hungry seagulls.