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On the Way to Cape Point – Part 1

We leave Hout Bay via Chapmans Peak Drive and continued our journey to Cape Point.

Chapmans Peak Drive

This two-laned road hugs the mountain-side and hence was spectacular, if a little freaky, what with convoys of tour buses going along it.

Chapmans Peak Drive

The pass road was hacked out by hand in the early 20th Century, and was regarded as a feat of engineering at the time.

Chapmans Peak Drive

Half-way through we could look back across Hout Bay to the town.

Chapmans Peak Drive

There’s still a long way to go to Cape Point though. Next, more animal attractions.

Seal viewing at Hout Bay – Part 3

After braving a few waves, the rocky outcrop that was Duiker Island came into sight.

Seal cruise

And on it were hundreds of mostly male Cape fur seals. They are closely related to the Australian fur seals found in Victoria and Tasmania.

Seal cruise

Seal cruise

What a slothful bunch they were. We saw some frolicking in the water, but most were having their extended nap, away from the sights of the great white shark, whose waters they inhabit.

Seal cruise

They certainly weren’t too perturbed by the gale force winds, swell and rain, that was for sure. What a life.

Seal cruise

After taking a few shots, it was time to brave the Atlantic once more.

Seal cruise

Look at those ominous waves. They’ll never make a sailor out of me!

Seal viewing at Hout Bay – Part 2

Our mission was to view the fur seals at Duiker Island, a rocky outcrop just beyond Hout Bay.

Seal Cruise

But first we had to round the headland and head out into the wild Atlantic Ocean.

Seal Cruise

Seal Cruise

The swell was probably only moderate, but that was rather enough for me as I’m not much of a sea dog. However I do admit that having the wind through my hair and watching the waves roll in was an exhilarating experience.

Seal Cruise

Seal Cruise

Seal viewing at Hout Bay – Part 1

The most popular day trip from Cape Town is probably the drive down to Cape Point, about 60km south of the city. It goes along spectacular drives to coastal suburbs and villages, and then finally through the Cape Point National Park to wild capes.

Our first stop of the day was in the fishing town of Hout Bay. Originally it was the source of Cape Town’s timber – not much of the forest is still in existence, as you can see.

Seal Cruise

Its natural harbour made it a perfect place for a fishing port. It still maintains a fishing fleet today, although much of the catch seemed to be for export.

Seal Cruise

Nowadays, the holiday-makers, sea-changers and recreational sailors have also moved in.

Seal Cruise

Next, we’ll go on the water.