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Cape Town is fantastic city for outdoor activities

A common misconception is that the Cape of Good Hope is the southern tip of Africa (it's actually 90 miles further east); the first modern rounding of the cape was in 1488 by Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias

A common misconception is that the Cape of Good Hope is the southern tip of Africa (it's actually 90 miles further east); the first modern rounding of the cape was in 1488 by Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias

I maintained a respectful distance from the ostriches whereas a group of Korean girls decided to chase after them while screaming; I was hoping one of the ostriches would get pissed and land a solid kick

I maintained a respectful distance from the ostriches whereas a group of Korean girls decided to chase after them while screaming; I was hoping one of the ostriches would get pissed and land a solid kick

This is the view from Cape Point looking towards the Cape of Good Hope in the background; the winds were so strong that Lee's hat (that never blows off) blew off

This is the view from Cape Point looking towards the Cape of Good Hope in the background; the winds were so strong that Lee's hat (that never blows off) blew off

This monkey at the Cape of Good Hope is illustrating why manspreading is not very flattering and may be offensive to others; of course, his proud pose may signal his opposition to body shaming

This monkey at the Cape of Good Hope is illustrating why manspreading is not very flattering and may be offensive to others; of course, his proud pose may signal his opposition to body shaming

In the early years of the 20th century icebergs from Antarctica were occasionally sighted from Cape Point; the light of the new Cape Point lighthouse is the most powerful on the South African coast, with a range of 63 miles

In the early years of the 20th century icebergs from Antarctica were occasionally sighted from Cape Point; the light of the new Cape Point lighthouse is the most powerful on the South African coast, with a range of 63 miles

The hike up Lion's Head is the most scenic in Cape Town because you always have views of Table Mountain, the city or the Clifton beaches; it seemed more difficult than when I did it 3 years ago

The hike up Lion's Head is the most scenic in Cape Town because you always have views of Table Mountain, the city or the Clifton beaches; it seemed more difficult than when I did it 3 years ago

The first part of the hike up Lion's Head is a gradual ascent up a nice trail but then you have to scramble up rocks, use metal staples or a chain rope to reach the summit

The first part of the hike up Lion's Head is a gradual ascent up a nice trail but then you have to scramble up rocks, use metal staples or a chain rope to reach the summit

Along with other hyrax species and the manatee, the rock hyrax is the most closely related species to the elephant!; this one was atop Lion's Head but they are common in rocky areas of South Africa

Along with other hyrax species and the manatee, the rock hyrax is the most closely related species to the elephant!; this one was atop Lion's Head but they are common in rocky areas of South Africa

Lion's Head is covered in fynbos (indigenous Cape vegetation) that is endangered and found nowhere else; the hike up Lion's Head is especially popular on nights when there's a full moon

Lion's Head is covered in fynbos (indigenous Cape vegetation) that is endangered and found nowhere else; the hike up Lion's Head is especially popular on nights when there's a full moon

The area around Cape Town has become famous for its vineyards; Stellenbosch, 30 miles east of Cape Town and the nation's second oldest city, is the center of the country's wine industry which makes one billion liters annually

The area around Cape Town has become famous for its vineyards; Stellenbosch, 30 miles east of Cape Town and the nation's second oldest city, is the center of the country's wine industry which makes one billion liters annually

Our favorite beach near Cape Town was Clifton's 3rd Beach; there are four beaches in the town of Clifton and are simply numbered; the water was cold and the surf rough so no swimmers

Our favorite beach near Cape Town was Clifton's 3rd Beach; there are four beaches in the town of Clifton and are simply numbered; the water was cold and the surf rough so no swimmers

This is Lion's Head as viewed from Clifton's 3rd beach; Lion's Head is 2195 above sea level and received its name because the Dutch thought the mountain resembled a crouching lion

This is Lion's Head as viewed from Clifton's 3rd beach; Lion's Head is 2195 above sea level and received its name because the Dutch thought the mountain resembled a crouching lion

The Cape fur seal's main predator is the great white shark; this species is an inquisitive and friendly animal when in the water but on land they are far less relaxed and tend to panic when humans come near them

The Cape fur seal's main predator is the great white shark; this species is an inquisitive and friendly animal when in the water but on land they are far less relaxed and tend to panic when humans come near them

Clifton's 3rd beach is the nicest beach close to Cape Town; the sand was ideal but I didn't anticipate the extreme tidal range well (just ask my soaked beach towel)

Clifton's 3rd beach is the nicest beach close to Cape Town; the sand was ideal but I didn't anticipate the extreme tidal range well (just ask my soaked beach towel)

When Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden was founded in 1913 to preserve the flora native to the South Africa’s territory, it was the first botanical garden in the world with this ethos

When Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden was founded in 1913 to preserve the flora native to the South Africa’s territory, it was the first botanical garden in the world with this ethos

The leopard tortoise is the fourth largest species of tortoise in the world, with typical adults reaching 16 in and weighing 29 lb; a very long-lived animal, the leopard tortoise reaches sexual maturity between the ages of 12 and 15 years

The leopard tortoise is the fourth largest species of tortoise in the world, with typical adults reaching 16 in and weighing 29 lb; a very long-lived animal, the leopard tortoise reaches sexual maturity between the ages of 12 and 15 years

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