2018 September Cape of Good Hope and Kirstenbosch

We spent our last two days of holiday in Cape Town. On the first day we drove out along the Cape Peninsula (the “Fish Hook”) from Muisenberg, down through St. James, Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek, Simons Town and then into the nature reserve that forms the bottom half of the peninsula – it was a stormy and windy day which provided an appreciation of the challenges early mariners would have faced trying to get around the Cape – if fact Bartholomew Dias named the it the “Cape of Storms”, but upon return to Portugal the King insisted it be called the “Cape of Good Hope” in order encourage further exploration. On the way back we drove down the other coast through Hout Bay and spent the night in the V&A Waterfront area (in the old Stonebreakers prison which has been covered to a Protea Hotel). The next day we spent at the Kristenbosch Botanical Gardens – over 1300 acres set on the eastern foot of Table Mountain, adjacent to the University (Cecil Rhodes owned the land and ceded it to the government for use as a botanical garden). It was one of the first botanical garden in the world to be focused on cultivation of  indigenous plants. The park is in an absolutely beautiful setting with Table Mountain forming the backdrop, and has a stunning array of flowers and birds – definitely a must see if you visit Cape Town. The photos in this gallery are almost all flowers and a few of the beautiful sunbirds that were feeding of nectar – photos can be viewed by clicking this link or the embedded photo.