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Day Eighteen: Cape Peninsula

August 18, 2006

Cape Peninsula is the name for the dramatic region in southwestern South Africa encompassing the capital city of Cape Town, the imposing Table Mountain, various coastal towns, Cape Agulhas — the real meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans — and the famed Cape of Good Hope (left), which Sir Francis Drake extolled as “the most stately thing and the fairest Cape we saw in the whole circumference of the earth.”

Now, about that Table Mountain…

“Nothing to see there,” Orange Bear cuts in. “Moving on.”

“Hold on, Orange Bear,” says Mr. Crumpet. “I’d say the view is rather remarkable, so long as you’re not covering your eyes.”

“I didn’t do that.”

The revolving gondola ride to the top of the 3,566-ft. high Table Mountain offers a 360-degree view of the surrounding landscape. The flat summit is nearly two miles from end to end and offers various trails and a superb panorama of Cape Town.

Orange Bear’s eyes were wide open when he visited the African penguins at the Boulders Beach colony. These protected penguins number 3,000 or so and waddle freely next to their human cohabitants.

“Friendly chaps,” says Orange Bear.

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