Cape Town, South Africa – August 26th

We had only seen Hout Bay in the dark the night before, so when we woke up to the sun over the bay and mountains covered in greenery all around us, we were very impressed. 

View out the window at our Air B&B

Our plan today was to climb to the top of Table Mountain. Jay, of course, picked the most challenging route to hike up – the India Venster Trail. It was a two hour hike. The first 15 minutes was basically hiking stairs.

Then it turned into scrambling up rocks. The hardest part was climbing up a chimney chute that required a couple tricky moves and even had rungs and chains bolted in to help you climb up.

Once we got past the chimney chute, there was about an hour left of traversing up to the top of the mountain.

We got some amazing views on the way up of the city of Cape Town, the bay, and Clifton beaches. 

Clifton beaches

We took the tram down because it started to rain. The tram ran every 5 minutes and had a round cable car. The car actually rotated 360 degrees on the way down. I have to say I think this feature is something the Sandia Tram should invest in! 

Next we headed to Bo Kapp which is a neighborhood with beautifully bright colored houses. Bo Kaap is the oldest surviving residential  neighborhood in Cape Town. It is unknown why the houses are painted so brightly, but it is thought to be an expression of freedom after the slaves were emancipated as houses were originally painted white.

After seeing Bo Kaap, we headed further into the city to see the Castle Of Good Hope. This was a fort built by the Dutch East India Company in the 17th century. It was used as a replenishment station for ships on the trade route between Europe and Asia. 

The next destination of the day was the District Six Museum. The museum memorializes the forced removal of over 60,000 majority black people in neighborhoods in inner city Cape Town using apartheid laws to justify the move. The city government claimed they wanted to replan and develop the area and the only way to do this was to level and rebuild District Six. It was just another of the great atrocities committed during the time of slavery. After the fall of apartheid, the government has sought to pay the residents who were removed retribution in the form of returning their land. The museum seeks to help fulfill promises of retribution, preserve the neighborhood, and ensure that the atrocities committed are not forgotten. 

Map of District Six on floor of museum

The final destination of the day was Clifton beaches. These are beautiful white sandy beaches with giant waves. It was too cold to swim, but we enjoyed watching the spectacular views. 

We finished our day with a BBQ on the deck of our Air B&B. 

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