I wanted to see the Cape of Good Hope and I didn’t realize that it was only about a 15 minute drive from Simon’s Town. Well … on to another adventure.
We set off on the left side of the road in our VW Polo which we didn’t know how to reverse in and hoped for the best. On the way to Cape Point, we saw a sign for a museum and decided to stop in. The parking was very tight and I hoped that we’d be able to pull straight through and exit on the other end. Of course not! Lol As I sat there with my engine running trying to figure out what to do, I pushed the right way on the gear shift knob and what do you know … the gear shift knob went IN and then over and ta-da … there was the reverse! Lol We backed up out of the museum and went about our way.
It was a really easy drive down the coast with beautiful scenery. I wanted to get out and take a few snaps, but I kept seeing these signs to watch for baboons! I was too afraid to leave the car, but I did take some photos from behind my window. Lol
We continued our drive and finally saw the entrance on the left hand side of the road. I wasn’t sure if they took cards, but … of course they did! What kind of tourist attraction doesn’t take cards? the penguins don’t. Eek! Thankfully, this one did though so we got in line to enter …. we didn’t know what.
Once paid, they give you a little map and you realize how big the park is and how much there is to see and do. We decided that we’d just drive down the main road and stop at whatever struck us. We turned down one road seeking a sunken ship in instead found a swimming pool, a freaking SWIMMING POOL, and an ostrich. Lol Amazing!
We continued on to the Cape of Good Hope. It. Was. Breathtaking. It was also windy as hell! Lol We thought it was the place where the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean met …. apparently, it’s not. Lol
Well it was nice none-the-less. Lol There were a few tour busses and tons of tourists so it was hard to get a photo in front of the sign. There is also a little path that allows you to walk up and get a better view. We started up, but it was super windy and I had the baby (now a toddler) on my back so I didn’t want to risk it. We went up about 20 ft., took a photo and came back down.
It was then that we realized that there is a Cape of Good Hope (the western side) AND a Cape Point (the eastern side). We decided to head over. Cape Point is there the funicular is and the gift shop is. The view was amazing. We bought some magnets and then walked over to the food area. The baby was starving so we bought a pizza. It was DISGUSTING. Disgusting is too light of a word. I wanted to toss it into the ocean.Yuk.
Anyhoo …. we started walking back to the car and finally saw what all those baboon warnings were about. As we pulled our little VW Polo onto the street, there was a family of baboons just walking along! Amazing!