First stop was Muizenberg - I was determined to show Paula the little huts on Muizenberg beach, so even though it was pouring with rain, I insisted we take a walk down to the beach, to get a photo of the huts – which we did!
Having seen the huts and been duly impressed (if rather wet!), we got back in the car, turned the heater up and steamed our way to Kalk Bay. Kalk Bay is really beautiful, a quaint little fishing village, complete with a picture perfect harbour. Having warmed up and dried off over a mug of hot chocolate in an unusual coffee shop, we headed off for Simonstown.
A must-do when travelling through Simonstown is a visit to the Scratch Patch, where the kids (and adults if they are so inclined) can scratch through an enormous pile of semi-precious stones to select some to take home. You can also take a walk through the factory, watching semi-precious stones being cut and sorted and spend a fortune in the gift shops if that is what floats your boat. It’s all quite fascinating.
Having been there and done that, we meandered on to the centre of Simonstown, where we made a visit to the statue of “Able Seaman Just Nuisance” (do follow the link and read up on this remarkable dog, it’s a lovely, true story) and perused some naval vessels in the harbour, Simonstown being the naval headquarters in South Africa.
We then took a pleasant walk to Boulders Beach and spent some time with the penguins.
By this time the sun had come out and we drove back to Cape Town, via Hout Bay (where we had an extremely yummy lunch!) along Chapmans Peak drive, a truly delightful drive.
As we got back into Cape Town we looked up at the mountain and it was beautifully clear and sunny, so we made a bee-line for Table Mountain and took the trip to the top in a cable car. The views were absolutely spectacular!
View from Table Mountain, showing Lion's Head, Signal Hill
and Robben Island in the distance