|View from the top to Table Mountain|
South Africa has eleven official languages, with Zulu, being spoken by almost one fourth of the population. Everyone we came in contact with spoke at least two or three languages, and English was widely spoken. Afrikaans or African Dutch is the primary language through the Cape and lower portion of the country. But, English is the dominant language in the government and the media, and traffic signs (throughout all portions of the country we traveled through) and menus were in English, so we had no language problems as we moved around.
Cape Town is a multicultural, modern city, known for its outstanding food scene. Restaurants here
|Fabulous kingklip dish at Harbor House at V&A waterfront|
|Cable car to the top|
Our next stop, the Cape Town waterfront was a functional harbor prior to 1989, and it is still a working harbor with fishing boats and container ships using the facilities. However, that year marked the beginning of a major redevelopment of the
|V & A Waterfront with Table Mountain in the background|
Robben Island--stark and wind swept--is a 30-45 minute ferry ride from the harbor and is best known as the place of incarceration for Nelson Mandela for 18 of his 27 years of imprisonment. As far back as the 1700's the island was used as a prison, and then later as a leper colony and military site during World War 2. From 1961 to 1991 the island was used for political and criminal prisoners, with political prisoners being removed in 1991. The prison was closed in 1996 and in 1999 the island was declared a World Heritage Site.
Next, it time for us to move on down to the Cape Peninsula.
|Looking down from the cable car|
|Dassies-wildlife on Table Mountain|
|Protea--gorgeous flower which grow on Table Mountain (but not at this time of year)|
|Many entertainers are scattered through the Waterfront area, working for tips and selling their CDs|
|Little breezy up top!|
|Lighthouse on Robben Island built in 1865|
|At the prison|
|Ghost ship under renovation in the harbor|