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The Boulders

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  • Day32

    I found the penguins!

    February 5 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Quindi ho trovato i pinguini.. esattamente a Boulder Beach!
    Dopo lavoro (che vi racconterò meglio nel prossimo post), siamo andate a mangiare a waterfront, posto molto fighetto sul lungo mare di Capetown!
    Da un po’ che non vedevo tanta civiltà e devo dire che mi ha fatto piacere! Il posto è super carino, pieno di negozi, ristoranti. Ci siamo mangiate un gyros Pita e poi abbiamo chiamato Uber dirette verso Simons Town.. in cerca di pinguini!!

    Arriviamo e c’era un’entrata da pagare, incerte a cosa stavamo andando incontro paghiamo e iniziamo la passeggiata sulla passerella! Già da subito ne incontriamo tanti, sulle rocce, sulla sabbia e proseguendo un po’ più avanti arriviamo di fronte al mare dove li vedi spiaggiati e scorazzare nel mare.
    Molto molto bello!

    Queste rocce in mezzo al mare però sono qualcosa di incredibile, il mare era piatto, il cielo un po’ nuvoloso ma la vista decisamente spettacolare!
    La parte bella però deve ancora arrivare, usciamo dal primo parco, proseguiamo lungo una stradina e per pura fortuna arriviamo ad un’altra entrata! Boulder beach è la Vera figata! Scopriamo che si può andare in spiaggia e avere i pinguini ad un cm di distanza, dove ti scorrazzano intorno, fanno strani versi e sono decisamente l’animale più bello del mondo!

    La spiaggia prende il nome dalla presenza di alcuni “macigni” (boulder) di granito e appartiene all’area del Parco nazionale di Table Mountain

    È veramente un luogo meraviglioso, reso ancora più sorprendente grazie alla presenza dei simpatici pinguini, che popolano questa spiaggia sudafricana.

    Questa specie, vive e si riproduce esclusivamente nelle acque dell’Africa meridionale, per l’esattezza in Sudafrica e Namibia, nutrendosi di piccoli pesci, calamari e crostacei.

    Però non abbiamo visto solo pinguini, ma anche un bellissimo mammifero, che ricorda un piccolo topino o qualcosa del genere veramente carino! Si chiamano i Table Mountain’s Dassies ! Ma la cosa più incredibile.. è che sono gli animali più vicini agli elefanti! Da notare nell’ultima foto la GRANDISSIMA somiglinza con gli elefanti..

    Bene la giornata è finita! Molto bella, sono veramrne felice! Capetown per ora mi sta piacendo tantissimo!
    Ah.. e Uber ci sta veramente salvando la vita!
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  • Day5

    Pinguine, oh wie süss

    February 17 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Schon am Morgen früh begeben wir uns zur Autovermietung. Ein grosses Trari Trara wird um einen Kindersitz gemacht , niemand hilft , niemand übernimmt Verantwortung oder zeigt wie das Ding im Auto vernünftig befestigt werden kann aber günstig ist es ja beileibe nicht.
    Schlussendlich fahren wir los, nachdem der 3. Kindersitz probiert wurde. Heute geht es um die Halbinsel cap der guten Hoffnung. Angekommen am Muizenberg Beach ergötzen wir uns an den mutigen jungen Surf beginners, die ihre Künste bei starkem Wellengang ausprobieren. Im Hintergrund die herzigen farbigen Umkleide Häuschen. Auffallend sind die vielen Life Guards und die Sauberkeit, übrigens auch in Kapstadt.
    Weiter gehts der Küste entlang zum Fox Beach wo die berühmten Brillenpinguine zu besichtigen sind. Natürlich wird hier ein stolzer Eintritt verlangt. Leider sehen wir erst nur ein paar Meilen später beim Boulderbeach, dass der dortige Eintritt gerade mal ein Viertel davon gekostet hätte.Überhaupt stellen wir erstaunt fest, dass es verschiedene Preiskategorien gibt, nämlich jugendlich und 60+ für ZA Leute mit ZA IDVorweisung und ums mehrfache Einheitspreis für Touristen. .
    Der Unterschied ist im Fox Beach wartet eine ganze Kolonie Pinguine von den Besuchern fotografiert zu werden, im Boulderbeach watscheln Paare oder Einzelne frei über Meeres Steinblöcke, oder sitzen in Nischen und lassen den Besucher ganz nah zu sich heran. Dieses Erlebnis ist überaus berührend. Die Landschaft der Küste entlang ist geradezu umwerfend, indem die enge kurvige Küstenstrasse befahren wird und man oft steil die Felsen hinunter das Meer erblickt.
    Auch hier wird ein kleiner Beitrag erhoben für das Befahren dieser grandiosen Strecke. Da das Strassenstück Cape Point nochmals einen saftigen Eintritt kostet und wir eigentlich von der Küste sehr viel gesehen haben entschliessen wir uns gleich weiter bis zum hout Bay zu fahren und uns fish and chips fast frisch vom Fang zu genehmigen. Inzwischen tobt ein starker Wind, der Yvonne fast das Lenkrad von den Händen reisst. wir fahren zurück in die Stadt , der hektische Abendverkehr erfordert Yvonnes vollste Konzentration denn noch immer heisst es gut aufgepasst, dass auf der korrekten Seite nämlich LINKS gefahren werden muss. Ist gar nicht so einfach wie man denkt.
    im Hotel dann beginnt das GROSSE SORTIEREN der Ware denn morgen geht es weiter zur Garden Route.
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  • Day168

    Found* Penguins!

    May 15, 2016 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Hi everyone! Hope you're having a great weekend. I'm sure our regular readers will have noticed the delayed updates lately, but that's because we've been keeping busy having an excellent time in Cape Town! The city itself is beautiful, the cityside ocean and cliffs recalling San Francisco or Malibu. Everyone has been extremely friendly, we haven't had any concerns about safety, and in general the experience in the city has been amazing. Nick can see why Rachel loved it here :)

    Now, about today's title.... this afternoon we went to Boulders Beach in Simon's Town, otherwise known as a major breeding colony for African penguins! Nick had never seen such a large number up close (or in the wild), and it was such fun to watch them swim, fish, and generally waddle along cutely. Some pictures below!

    To round out our Sunday, we spent the morning hiking on the Cape of Good Hope, snapping some pictures at the historic lighthouse on Cape Point, and eating a fine lunch of fish and chips. Cheers!
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  • Day2

    Nesting penguins

    January 1, 2018 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    On our way back towards Cape Town, we stopped at Boulders Beach, an important nesting spot for African penguins. The little guys were already making quite a effort for their reproduction and guarding their nests.
    For dinner, we wanted to try the beer house on Long Street. Unfortunately, due to New Year's Eve the night before they were out of stock of about everything, such that we had to go looking around for something else.
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  • Day77

    Journey to Cape Point and Gansbaai

    February 9 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    I got up early after a very disrupted night with little sleep. I had a light breakfast in the communal kitchen, packed away my things, complained at reception about our inconsiderate room mates, and boarded the truck for the next leg of our journey to Gansbaai. Lauren came onto the truck to say her final goodbyes to everyone ahead of her departure from Africa later that evening. It felt very strange on the truck with so many of our fellow travellers having now left the trip and only seven of us remaing: myself, Irish Brian, Kristin, Phil, Bro and Grant. There was also a new arrival for the South African section of our journey, Graham. We did now have lots more space on the truck to sit and move around but I preferred it when there were more fellow travellers. We headed out of Cape Town with the cloud covered Table Mountain slowly receding. We drove along a lovely coastal road with many sandy beaches and coastal resorts, through Fish Hoek where Phil, Bro, Lauren and I had had fish and chips the day before. We passed through Simonstown and on to the Boulders Beach Penguin visitor centre which Lauren and I had passed the previous day to view penguins. This time Oasis Overland paid for us to go in the visitors centre and we walked down a wooden walkway with information boards to the beach where there were a large number of penguins all carrying out their daily lives. You could see bonded pairs of Penguins preening each other, female penguins sat on eggs in their small, scraped out burrows, and male penguins delivering nest material that they had often stolen from nearby unattended nests. It was fascinating to see so many penguins carrying out their behaviours and I had a bit of a reverie reflecting on the immensity of life on this planet and how each small animal carries out its behaviour and life tasks to make its small contribution to the great web of life and very likely this same process is happening on countless other planets across the universe. I pondered what my next contribution to the life of this planet could be. At one point a seagull flew down to take an unattended penguin egg and dropped it on nearby rocks to smash the egg and make its contents available to eat. The sometimes seemingly cruel cycle of life was encapsulated in this moment. There were also young tree hyrax feeding on berries in a nearby tree. All too soon, after an hour viewing the penguins, it was time to return to the truck. We continued down the stunning coastline to our next destination at Cape Point. This is the most South Westerly point in Africa and we took photos by the large wooden sign there. Big rolling waves pounded the coast there as a few fur seals basked on the rocks. This is part of a national park and surprisingly there were several ostrich sat in the bushes with just their long thin necks and small heads sticking up. We also saw a few eland nearby. We next drove up into the mountain overlooking Cape Poimt which is topped with the second oldest lighthouse in Africa which was built to warn ships rounding the treacherous coastline of the Cape of Good Hope. We climbed up the well built path up to the lighthouse with spectacular views of the coastline, cliffs and white foaming seas way below. We walked back down to the cafe to buy rolls for lunch and were surprised by a marauding baboon intent on sending people running and stealing their lunch. He came towards Krustin and Bro who made a run for it. I and Phil stayed still and I put my roll behind my back. The baboon moved on to find another victim and got his roll which he then proceeded to eat nonchalantly on a wall.
    We next drove along very beautiful coastline with bright blue seas, big rolling, white frothing waves, and mile after mile of sandy beaches. We drove inland for a while but then back to the coast and onto what is known as the 'Garden Route' which is a spectacularly beautiful coastline with large mountains rising up from the sea. This was some of the most impressive coastline I had ever seen. We then headed more inland over moonscape like mountains of loose grey rocks. We continued along a main road through more mountains until a large 'Gansbaai' sign posted across the bottom of a mountain announced our arrival at our campsite which was right by the sea adjoining a small industrial harbour that was also once an old fishing port from the 1i800s. We pitched our tents and walked up into the small provincial town where we had a nice Italian meal. I had a very tasty lasagne which I hadn't eaten in years washed down with a lovely bottle of Shiraz red wine which I shared with fellow traveller, Kristin. There was a strong offshore wind at Gansbai and the evening was quite cool. A short shower of light rain began to fall as we returned to our tents. I was feeling quite inebriated from the red wine and let the wonderful sound of the rolling waves lull me quickly into sleep.
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  • Day10

    Boulder's Beach

    May 4, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Der Tag begann heute früh, da wir mit dem Zug Richtung Kap fahren wollten. Einer Mitarbeiterin des Bahnpersonals war es dann jedoch zu verdanken, dass wir unser Ziel Simon's Town im Süden des Kaps und Heimat der berühmten afrikanischen 🐧 knapp 2 Std. später als gedacht erreichten - sie konnte den eigenen Fahrplan nicht lesen.
    In Simon's Town angekommen führte uns die Fahrt mit einem lokalen "Taxi"-Dienst an den Strand - die Fahrt war äußerst unterhaltsam😅 Angelangt konnte dann nach Belieben mit den nicht-flugfähigen Wasservögeln abgehangen werden. (Siehe Bilder)
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  • Day17

    Simon's Town

    August 2, 2011 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Die nächste Station unserer Tour sind die Pinguine am Boulders Beach in der Nähe von Simons Town.
    Die kleinen Brillenpinguine haben den Boulders Beach vor einigen Jahren von selbst zur Heimat ihrer Kolonie auserkoren und fühlen sich hier pudelwohl. Um die Kolonie bestmöglich zu schützen, haben Besucher keinen direkten Zutritt mehr zum Strand, sondern werden auf Stegen zum Strand geführt. Die Pinguine scheinen sich aber an ihren zahlreichen Beobachtern nicht zu stören.Read more

  • Day92

    Simon's town - Le Cap -

    November 14, 2018 in South Africa ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    On part explorer la côte en train! Et on n'est pas déçu! On découvre de belles plages de sable blanc, des eaux turquoises, des surfeurs, de sacrées baraques accrochées aux montagnes. On s'arrête au bout de la ligne à Simon's town, ville typiquement victorienne. J'adore le style!! Et on marche, on marche, on marche pour aller à la rencontrer des pingouins africains (jackass). Trop mignooooons!!!Read more

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