On the agenda for day seven in lovely Cape Town was Muizenberg and Boulders Beach, and everything in between.
First stop, Muizenberg and Surfers Corner. If there was ever a moment in life that I felt like quitting everything and becoming a surfer who lives on the beach all day every day, it was now. There are so many surfers at Muizenberg! A lot of learning going on, which is super cool. Apparently the hardcore surfers go further along the coast to avoid here because of all the people learning and improving their surfing skills, but still. It’s awesome. Only downside was that the water was a horrible brown for some reason on the day we visited.
Obviously we needed food first (duh) so we headed to Knead. We sat at the bench looking at the sea while we ate breakfast and drank tea – my French toast was good but a bit expensive for what I got.
Colourful huts up next. You have to see them, and you have to take a photo of them, and that is what is important. Also, the water is so much warmer here than it was at Camps Bay which was great. We spent some time taking a gazillion different (but the same) photos at the huts, and trying to avoid the large amounts of blue bottles that had washed up on the beach. Don’t want to step on those by accident, because they hurt!
Once we were satisfied with our photos, and had taken some time to look at the surfers, we hopped back in the car to head to see some penguins!
We got stuck in traffic. Almost the whole way is one lane and there were lots of people out and about, enjoying the sunshine and the last day of the long weekend.
Finally we arrive at Boulders, get some ice cream, and I was so excited to see the penguins! Then we found out that it costs R60 to get in, which no one wanted to pay (well, except me – I would have paid at that point). So we decided to go for a walk along the path outside the beach. We walked and we walked, and we saw some penguins behind the fence, and then we came to a beach which you could pay to get into and which had lots of screaming children. And then we walked some more and we came to a parking lot. And on the other side of this parking lot was a gate and another path. So we stood around a while trying to figure out if we could walk in there (there was a sign saying something about the area being rehabilitated) until eventually someone who worked there pointed out that we were welcome to walk through that gate.
If there was one secret place I had to pick from this trip, this path would be it. It allows you to walk for a couple of minutes, basically along the sea front, and there’s nothing between you and the penguins if they’re there. We didn’t see any other people on the path on the way in, and it was so quiet. We did see two penguins which came right close to the path, and then one even joined the path, walked a while, hopped up the steps and disappeared into the bushes on the other side. It was so cool! Then you get to these rocks where you can just sit a while and watch the sea and the penguins. There were people kayaking which is something I would totally want to do! And then, to top it all off, I saw a dassie on the walk back (side note: I really love dassies).
Basically I would recommend Boulders, but don’t bother paying in the beginning. Take a stroll along the path, get some sun, and enjoy being close to the penguins and the sea without loads of other people jostling over you to take a good photo of a penguin from a deck (which is effectively what you are paying for). That walk was so awesome, and you could certainly spend a good amount of time just hanging out at the rocks. Plus, penguins are so cool!