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Friday 13 June 2008

South Africa – Floral Addiction

I managed to visit two botanical gardens in South Africa to see all the species that we don't get here in Malaysia. One is called Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and the other is Harold Porter National Botanical Garden. So here are all the flower shots from these two lovely gardens. I don't know the name of the flowers, so please don't ask me!

Flower #1.

Flower #2.

Flower #3.

Flower #4.

Flower #5.

Flower #6.

Flower #7.

Flower #8.

Flower #9.

Flower #10.

Flower #11.

Flower #12.

Flower #13.

Flower #14.

Flower #15.

Flower #16.

Thursday 12 June 2008

South Africa – The Journey due South

The South African Peninsula is well-known for its spectacular coastline with cliffs dropping down to the deep blue water. The journey started from Cape Town and passed through Clifton and Camps Bay, offering very spectacular view of the Twelve Apostles.

The Twelve Apostles as viewed from further south of Camps Bay.

Travelling further south, passing the Twelve Apostles, I was brought to Hout Bay.

One of the rocky hills around Hout Bay.

Hout Bay is a fishing village turned into a modern marina.

I took the boat trip from Hout Bay to Duiker's Island, or better known as Seal Island to tourists.

The seals were having a great time on their territory.

After waving goodbye to the seals, the boat brought us back to Hout Bay and our tour bus brought us further south. We were offered a very spectacular view of Hout Bay on the way from a viewpoint.

Hout Bay as seen from further south.

Thereafter, we boarded the tour bus to continue our journey south on the Chapman's Peak Drive which was built on the cliffs of the coastline. There were spectacular views along this most beautiful stretch of the coastal roads.

Chapman's Peak Drive with Hout Bay in the background.

Another view on the Chapman's Peak Drive overlooking Hout Bay.

The arrival at the South Sea Beach marked the end of the Chapman's Peak Drive. The South Sea Beach is also known as the Boulders' Beach as big boulders form part of the beach. This is the place where there is a penguin colony.

The penguins were having their sunbath on the boulders.

A closer look at the penguins.

This is why it is called the Boulders' Beach.

After visiting the penguin colony, we continued our journey to the southern tip of the peninsula, where the prominent Cape of Good Hope is.

The wave at the Cape of Good Hope. All the Europeans had to pass by this cape on their journey east.

Lives on the cape.

Having arrived at the southern tip, we travelled westward, circling around the Cape of Good Hope, to visit Cape Point.

Some rocky mountains as seen from Cape Point.

The lighthouse at Cape Point.

The overall view of Cape Point.

A closer look at the tip of Cape Point.

Arrival at Cape Point marked the end of my southbound journey from Cape Town.

Wednesday 11 June 2008

South Africa – The Table above the Clouds

When I touched down at the Cape Town International Airport, I was approached by a local to board a "taxi," without realising that it's like a "van sapu" in Malaysia. It took me almost one and a half hours to reach my hotel as it sent the guests to the other hotels which were way apart! Well, after I had arrived at my hotel, I was told that my room would not be ready until 4 p.m.

After wasting so much time on the road, I did not want to waste any more time, so I left my luggage with the hotel potter and hitched a taxi (a proper one this time!) to the Natural World Heritage Site here in Cape Town, the Table Mountain.

Luckily I asked the hotel to call the cable car station to check before hand whether the cable car was in operation, as the wind could be very strong here which might hinder the operation.

I'm already at the top of the mountain overlooking the city and the sea.

Should I call this cloudfall? It's a resemblance of water running down the cleavage.

Another view of the shores and the curved horizon.

Yet another view from atop the mountain overlooking Cape Town and the Atlantic Ocean.

There are more than 1,500 species of plants on the Table Mountain alone!

Another species of flora unique to Table Mountain.

Yet another species unseen elsewhere.

Another type of flower that I've seen for the first time in my life!

Table Mountain at sunrise.

Table Mountain at broad daylight.

Table Mountain at sunset.

Table Mountain by nightfall.

Table Mountain covered with white-cloth like clouds.

Table Mountain with puffy clouds.

Table Mountain as viewed from the Atlantic Ocean.

Tuesday 10 June 2008

South Africa – The First Enounter

I'm quite busy at the moment and I have not much time to update on Japan, so I will be reposting my old posts on South Africa that I posted on other forums some time ago. I hope you'll enjoy them also.

I embarked on a journey to South Africa some time in November 2005. These are the photos taken on the plane before touching down in Cape Town.

The first glow of the sun.

Morning breakfast with marshmallow.

The mountainous terrain of the African land.

The farmlands in the valley.

This rocky terrain has little economic value but it is gorgeous.

Women's glittering best friends come from mining pits like one of this.

Cape Town is built on considerably flat terrain.

The natural landmark of Cape Town, the Table Mountain.

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