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westford
06-05-2008, 02:51 PM
I'm going to Cape Town later this year - never been before, so looking for some recommendations of where to go and what to see/do...

Stoo
06-05-2008, 05:21 PM
I've never been but the view from Table Mountain is supposed to take your breath away.
Also, the beaches on the east side of the Cape are apparently warmer than the western beaches.

Enjoy your trip! I envy you.

deckard24
06-06-2008, 05:37 PM
If you can you should go on a shark/cage diving expedition! Outside of Australia and California, South Africa has the most great whites around. I hope you post some pics when you get back, South Africa is a place I've always wanted to go!

Have fun!!

herr gruber
06-06-2008, 07:09 PM
I've heard a lot of superheroes live there. :up:

deckard24
06-07-2008, 06:17 PM
I've heard a lot of superheroes live there. :up:
LMAO!!:hat:

Little Indy
06-08-2008, 05:05 AM
Just saw a documentary on National Geographic Channel. Some parts are very dangerous. You go first. Have fun, be careful.

westford
11-03-2008, 08:24 AM
If you can you should go on a shark/cage diving expedition! Outside of Australia and California, South Africa has the most great whites around. I hope you post some pics when you get back, South Africa is a place I've always wanted to go!

Have fun!!
Happy to oblige :hat:

shark (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1588043&l=1a2da&id=614431801)
cage divers (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1588045&l=c560f&id=614431801)
another shark (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1588046&l=cc94e&id=614431801)
more sharky goodness (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1588048&l=1bcfd&id=614431801)
my husband looking pleased with himself (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1588051&l=ba5ea&id=614431801)
heading back to shore (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1588058&l=fe9d0&id=614431801)

The dive was pretty cool - we saw a few different great whites and they were about 3-4m long. One stuck its nose into the cage next to my husband, so it was maybe about 20-30cm away from him. I was expecting the water to be freezing, but it wasn't too bad - visibility wasn't great, so the sharks have to be pretty close for you to be able to see them. We had a disposable underwater camera and got a couple of decent shots, but several of them are a murky grey-blue void - I'll have to scan the best ones and upload them. If you ever get the chance to do a shark dive, go for it! But take some sea-sickness pills - they don't call it the Cape of Storms for nothing. We went out on a calm day and about 7 people on board threw up.

Here are some more pics from South Africa - this first lot are from Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula -

from the top of Table Mountain (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1534644&l=10898&id=614431801)
from Table Mountain again (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1534695&l=e5efa&id=614431801)
insert obligatory Sallah quotation here... (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1534849&l=b1629&id=614431801)
Cape fur seals (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1587486&l=f0854&id=614431801)
king protea (aka biiig flowers) (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1587733&l=07f7b&id=614431801)
Cape Point (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1587919&l=9b1de&id=614431801)
ostriches by the sea (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1587930&l=595c0&id=614431801)
baboons by the sea (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1587932&l=56d7c&id=614431801)
penguin on the beach (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1587972&l=4bf27&id=614431801)
Boulders Beach penguin colony (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1587980&l=67301&id=614431801)
V&A Waterfront & Table Mountain (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1588064&l=0e154&id=614431801)
sunset at Sea Point (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1588063&l=224f8&id=614431801)

And some highlights from our safari at Mala Mala -

wallowing hippo (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521336&l=b0408&id=614431801)
lion cubs (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521379&l=656b6&id=614431801)
elephant (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521382&l=6c4a1&id=614431801)
elephants walking away (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521384&l=190ed&id=614431801)
little buffalo (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521386&l=ab11f&id=614431801)
lions (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521389&l=6b641&id=614431801)
leopard (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521395&l=20c87&id=614431801)
yawn (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521398&l=7dcac&id=614431801)
wildebeest (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521401&l=1c05a&id=614431801)
zebra (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521403&l=144c6&id=614431801)
rhino (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521404&l=4e3f1&id=614431801)
roadblock - South African style (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521409&l=df2dc&id=614431801)
little elephant (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521415&l=1e9db&id=614431801)
warthog (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521475&l=bd928&id=614431801)
sleepy leopard (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521476&l=02295&id=614431801)
lion cub (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521621&l=854d0&id=614431801)
bored lion cub (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521623&l=34fbb&id=614431801)
lion cub again cos its just so cute (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521624&l=ed254&id=614431801)
lioness at night (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521676&l=0acfd&id=614431801)
giraffe (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521680&l=b94d3&id=614431801)
giraffe again (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521681&l=a29eb&id=614431801)
buffalo skull (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521686&l=36786&id=614431801)
chameleon (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1522100&l=81e22&id=614431801)
kudu (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1522105&l=8fe5b&id=614431801)
and finally, a baboon's backside (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1522108&l=35418&id=614431801) (well, it had to be done ;) )

roundshort
11-05-2008, 04:55 PM
Looks like you had a great time! I love Cape Town and hope to maker it back soon! Love the GW dives!

deckard24
01-13-2009, 09:59 PM
Happy to oblige :hat:

shark (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1588043&l=1a2da&id=614431801)
cage divers (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1588045&l=c560f&id=614431801)
another shark (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1588046&l=cc94e&id=614431801)
more sharky goodness (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1588048&l=1bcfd&id=614431801)
my husband looking pleased with himself (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1588051&l=ba5ea&id=614431801)
heading back to shore (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1588058&l=fe9d0&id=614431801)

The dive was pretty cool - we saw a few different great whites and they were about 3-4m long. One stuck its nose into the cage next to my husband, so it was maybe about 20-30cm away from him. I was expecting the water to be freezing, but it wasn't too bad - visibility wasn't great, so the sharks have to be pretty close for you to be able to see them. We had a disposable underwater camera and got a couple of decent shots, but several of them are a murky grey-blue void - I'll have to scan the best ones and upload them. If you ever get the chance to do a shark dive, go for it! But take some sea-sickness pills - they don't call it the Cape of Storms for nothing. We went out on a calm day and about 7 people on board threw up.

Here are some more pics from South Africa - this first lot are from Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula -

from the top of Table Mountain (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1534644&l=10898&id=614431801)
from Table Mountain again (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1534695&l=e5efa&id=614431801)
insert obligatory Sallah quotation here... (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1534849&l=b1629&id=614431801)
Cape fur seals (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1587486&l=f0854&id=614431801)
king protea (aka biiig flowers) (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1587733&l=07f7b&id=614431801)
Cape Point (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1587919&l=9b1de&id=614431801)
ostriches by the sea (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1587930&l=595c0&id=614431801)
baboons by the sea (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1587932&l=56d7c&id=614431801)
penguin on the beach (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1587972&l=4bf27&id=614431801)
Boulders Beach penguin colony (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1587980&l=67301&id=614431801)
V&A Waterfront & Table Mountain (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1588064&l=0e154&id=614431801)
sunset at Sea Point (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1588063&l=224f8&id=614431801)

And some highlights from our safari at Mala Mala -

wallowing hippo (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521336&l=b0408&id=614431801)
lion cubs (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521379&l=656b6&id=614431801)
elephant (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521382&l=6c4a1&id=614431801)
elephants walking away (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521384&l=190ed&id=614431801)
little buffalo (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521386&l=ab11f&id=614431801)
lions (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521389&l=6b641&id=614431801)
leopard (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521395&l=20c87&id=614431801)
yawn (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521398&l=7dcac&id=614431801)
wildebeest (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521401&l=1c05a&id=614431801)
zebra (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521403&l=144c6&id=614431801)
rhino (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521404&l=4e3f1&id=614431801)
roadblock - South African style (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521409&l=df2dc&id=614431801)
little elephant (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521415&l=1e9db&id=614431801)
warthog (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521475&l=bd928&id=614431801)
sleepy leopard (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521476&l=02295&id=614431801)
lion cub (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521621&l=854d0&id=614431801)
bored lion cub (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521623&l=34fbb&id=614431801)
lion cub again cos its just so cute (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521624&l=ed254&id=614431801)
lioness at night (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521676&l=0acfd&id=614431801)
giraffe (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521680&l=b94d3&id=614431801)
giraffe again (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521681&l=a29eb&id=614431801)
buffalo skull (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1521686&l=36786&id=614431801)
chameleon (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1522100&l=81e22&id=614431801)
kudu (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1522105&l=8fe5b&id=614431801)
and finally, a baboon's backside (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1522108&l=35418&id=614431801) (well, it had to be done ;) )
It sounds like you had an awesome time! I'm definitely a bit jealous, going on a shark dive has been on my list of "things to do before I die" for a long time. One day!

Great pics! Thanks!:hat: