Drove us back to his place, and we got settled. We're in a suburb called Rosebank. Nice, older, middle class neighborhood.
We relaxed for an hour or two and got acquainted. We weren't sure what we were up for because of being pretty tired from our 21 hour bus ride, but we knew there would be lots of time for sleeping later! We had met another friend, Syed, at the hostel in Windhoek and Syed had also been on our bus ride. There was supposed to be the annual Minstrel parade here last night, but it conflicted with something else so it has been put off until Saturday. We were going to try and meet Syed at the parade, so now we'll try and get together on Saturday.
Instead, Mark suggested we just go for a drive so we can get orientated with our surroundings, and maybe just show us a few sights.
Heading through the village of Hout Bay.
Hout Bay actually looks like a great spot to spend a few hours wandering around and I'm sure we'll do that over the next week or so. There's a great beach there and it just seems like a nice spot.
So, heading through Hout Bay, you then come to Chapman's Peak Drive.
The entire greater city of Cape Town (pop 3,700,000 or so) has a view of famous Table Mountain and the range that extends south from there. It's a dominant feature of the city. The eastern part of that range has a scenic drive on the side of Chapman's Peak.
And what a drive it is!
Still down to one lane.
Chapman's Peak Drive has a history of being closed due to adverse weather, mudslides, and other road problems. When they cut this road out of the side of the mountain between 1915 and 1922, it was considered a major feat of engineering. Problem is, that it's had to be re-engineered over and over again because of the instability of the mountainside.
This past November, there was a huge rainstorm in the middle of the month that caused mudslides that closed the roadway. They've only recently opened opened one lane of that area so that cars can get through. You can see in the pics above that there's still work ongoing.
You can see Chapman's Peak Drive cut out of the mountain on the right.
Looking across to Hout Bay.
It's a twisty, windy road!
With some gorgeous viewpoints.
You can see the road is cut into a near vertical section of the mountain.
And the support structures have been cut into the rock face.
Just as you think the views can't get any better, you come around a corner to this!
The beautiful Noordhoek Beach.
Ruth and Mark enjoying the view.
Our first look at the Indian Ocean!
And the surfer beach where at least one surfer dies of a great white shark attack every year. Thinking maybe we'll just lie on the beach!
By this time, we were looking for somewhere to go for dinner. Cape Town has very reasonable restaurant prices Mark suggested we head downtown to the Eastern Food Bazaar where the three of us ate and had a drink for a total of R$128 ($13.70).
No wonder this place is busy. A huge plate of food at a great price!
I can just tell that we are going to enjoy Cape Town!