After a yummy breakfast of the usual (muesli, bran muffin, and latte), we went to watch the chuckies (wooden fishing boats) come in. They usually go out from 7am to 6pm but today they came in at about 11 because there was military weapons testing being done by the Overberg Test Range (a weapons systems testing facility ) in the harbour. The fishermen are recompensed for their reduced catch.
When you watch the boats and the sea you marvel at the stunning azure colour of the water. It is an incredible blue, as is the sky.
These brightly coloured wooden boats (called chuckies), crewed by 7 – 10 people, are pushed out to sea by a tractor, and pulled in by a winch. They came in three at a time. When they had safely docked, they went to weigh their fish. While they were doing this I marvelled again at the stunning shades of turquoise and deeper blue the sea has in this area of the country.
After we had checked out of the hotel, we drove down dirt roads via Struisbaai to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point of the African continent, and the place where the Indian and Atlantic Ocean meet. It was my first time there (I usually go to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve instead) and I was thrilled to have finally done it!
Having finally done it we headed off to Cape Town via Napier and Caledon, another beautiful drive…
It was kind of sad to arrive at our final stop for our trip, but oh what a hotel. It was the 5-star Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel Cape Town and it was EPIC. We were upgraded to a business suite and it was ENORMOUS!
The hotel was very posh and had the most stunning infinity pool (which is manually filled with filtered seawater so as to not waste water)
It is rather embarrassing when you are not a 5-star hotel type of person and you arrive at a really really posh hotel that has a porter and a brass trolley…
We took a walk to the Waterfront and then came back to the hotel, where we ordered room service and relaxed in our suite, listening to the ocean waves crash against the pier.
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