When I found out that we were only a few hours away from the Southernmost Tip of Africa, I asked Meg if she would be willing to make the trek, and she was. So we headed the 3 1/2 hours south through beautiful mountains and farmland to Cape Agulhas. We saw many types of farm animal along the way, donkeys, cows, horses, pigs. We saw wineries, orchards, wind turbines. It was a lovely drive.
There is a long boardwalk that leads from the parking area along the beach quite a ways and a marker and photo spot that indicates the Indian Ocean is to the left and the Atlantic Ocean is to the right.
The beach is my favorite kind, with lots of rocks jutting out of the ocean and tide pools. It was a cold, windy day and we only saw a couple of birds the entire time we were out there. You can see in some of the pictures below the foam that was blowing around. It looked like snow.
We found a couple of sea creatures that had apparently wandered into tide pools that then dried up. We saw what we think was a jellyfish, a sponge and some pretty shells.
There were also lots of interesting plants along the shore and on the way to the lighthouse.
The lighthouse is one of the oldest in Africa. And apparently much needed for ships to navigate the treacherous waters. Not quite as dangerous as the Cape of Good Hope, but there are still many shipwrecks that have occurred off the coast here. You may not know this about me, but I have a terrible fear of heights. Despite that, I climbed up each of the three ladders with my camera around one shoulder and my camera bag around the other, bouncing on the rungs of the ladder the entire way up. And I got to the top only to discover that the only way to look at the view was to go outside in the heavy wind and walk around on the platform there. I took one step out, felt the sway and turned right back around to descend. When I bought the ticket to go up, I had to sign this Indemnity form that I found quite interesting.
These last pictures were taken a few miles from the lighthouse at a harbor that had the restaurant /eatery we ate lunch at.
By the time we returned, the sun was setting.
Tomorrow I head home, but stay tuned anyway. I still have lots of pictures to post from other adventures. Our final game drive, Boulder Beach where we saw the African penguins nesting, Table Mountain, and Robbens Island.
Tomorrow morning we have reservations for the 9am tour of Robbens Island which is supposed to get done in plenty of time for us to drive to the airport for Meg to head on to her next stop here and me to head home. Please pray for us that there are no delays for this tour that would cause us to not be able to go, or for us to be late for Meg’s flight. It is probably the one thing here that Meg most wants to do and she would be disappointed if we weren’t able to actually do it.
Please also pray for safe travels home and for me to be able to get caught up on my rest before returning to work next week. I have really been pushing myself and paid for it when we were leaving the conference center last week. I had my hands full and tripped and was unable to catch myself, so both knees are pretty torn up from that. I’m okay, but realized that I let myself get a little too worn out and need to not do that again.