There’s just too much to tell you about this beautiful destination, I’ll have to split it up in parts.
This post, I will touch on:
1. Our Accommodation at Table Bay Hotel
2. Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Shopping Centre
3. Penguins on Boulders Beach
4. Bo-Kaap Historical Site
The Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront
Greeted by this Xmassy structure at the entrance of the hotel lobby~
Given that it’s Dec while we were there!
So festive right!
The Table Bay Hotel is located in the vicinity of the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre
Quay 6, W Quay Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
I specifically asked for a room that will give me the view of the Table Mountain and the request was granted!
<View from the room>
ok, the whole mountain was blocked by clouds but on a good day, the view is really magnificent!
We chose this hotel location coz:
- Parking is Free
- Shopping mall is accessed on Level 2
- Supermarket at the basement
- Rows and rows of restaurants right beside the hotel
- Safety — Security is provided at every single point you can think of
- & of course, the free BREAKFAST!
Tell me, who can resist a nice breakfast spread?
with amazing views every morning while you eat!
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Shopping Centre
Shopping wasn’t a big deal here but the food is!
The most impressionable being Gibsons Burgers – they have the largest selection of milkshakes and the menu just keeps expanding!
Just look at this MONSTER Milkshake!!!
It was so good that we had one everyday! SLURPS
Gibsons have over 120 HANDSPUN milkshakes and I’m just gonna drop a couple of pages of their milkshake menu below for a preview:
Everything about their condiments is a secret =p
Mr R will never be sick of this… Editing this pic makes me hungry right now.
Table mountain is supposed to be right smack there in the middle but it was too shy hiding behind the clouds~
African Penguins on Boulders Beach
African Penguins – formerly known as jackass penguins because of their distinctive braying – are the only penguins found on the continent. Colonies can be found from southern Namibia all the way around the South African coast to Port Elizabeth.
When the penguins first came to False Bay in 1983 from Dyer Island, which is near Gansbaai, there was plenty for them to eat and so the colony grew rapidly. In recent years, however, commercial fishing, marine pollution and habitat destruction have negatively affected the size of the colony. In 1910, it was estimated that there were approximately one-and-a-half million African Penguins; a century later, the aquatic bird was classified as an endangered species. These days there are only a paltry 26 000 breeding pairs left in the whole world!
The ancient granite boulders protect it from the wind and large waves.
Source: Cape Town Tourism
This part of the beach has loads of families with small children swimming…
yea, I photoshopped out all the swimming kids in the water coz I prefer to have my photo to myself!
There’s a small fee of approximately SGD$6.50 per person to enter the viewing deck.
The monies goes to a conservation fund for the penguins, why not?
Situated at the foot of Signal Hill, on the fringe of the city centre, and formerly known as the Malay Quarter, the Bo-Kaap’s origins date back to the 1760s when numerous “huurhuisjes” (rental houses) were built and leased to slaves. These people were known as Cape Malays, and were brought from Malaysia, Indonesia and the rest of Africa to work in the Cape.
To this day, the houses are a mix of Cape Dutch and Georgian architecture, in distinctive multi-coloured rows on steeply cobbled roads. The choice of colour is said to be attributed to the fact that while on lease, all the houses had to be white. When this rule was eventually lifted, and the slaves were allowed to buy the properties, all the houses were painted bright colours by their owners as an expression of their freedom.
Many of the families in the Bo-Kaap have been living there for generations.
Today the Bo-Kaap community is a significant part of our cultural heritage.
Source: Cape Town Tourism