Everything between the Cape Town
lower suburbs and the Point of Good Hope is a nature reserve. We drove
down there admiring the scenery all the way . It was different than we had
been seeing--a welcome respite from civilization. There are flowers everywhere.
They are principally protea of various types. The
protea is the national flower of South Africa and their florists and flower
growers regularly win prizes in international shows.
Some are on large bushes and some
on small plants. They come in many colors but mostly yellows and whites
were blooming when we were there in early November.
There is wildlife also although not
always apparent. This is an endangered bonte bok which is found only in
this reserve now. It was nearly extinct. I apologize for how far
away it was. It was exciting to see since it was a new mammal species for most.
The main wildlife on the Cape Point
is the ubiquitous baboon. They are everywhere you might stop and can be
quite a nuisance. They seem to know they are protected and that some
people will give them goodies out of the car. You can always
chew the windshield wipers if they don't!
I'm going to sneak a bird picture in here that was actually
taken at Vic and Gaye's house, but that letter was too big already. A
sugarbird in evening silhouette--check out that tail!