Marius lent us his Land Cruiser so Dean, Craig, Joy, Monica and I headed down to the cape. We drove down the West coast (repeating a lot of what Marius, Linda, and I did last week) to the Cape Peninsula National Park.
First stop was at the Cape of Good Hope. Spent about an hour hiking around the point (dramatic rocky coast and sheer cliffs - every bit intimidating as I expected it be). The point was also inhabited by goofy giant rodent things - large marmots? - which kept everyone amused. There are also supposed to be baboons - but we didn't see any here.
Next up was Cape Point - the southernmost tip of the cape. Even more dramatic, higher cliffs with the added bonus of a couple light houses. Spent two hours hiking up and down the hill here to get out to the actual point (Point Diaz). The weather suddenly cleared up and I think I got very sunburned here. Joy and Monica saw a baboon and I was quite jealous - until we were getting ready to leave at which time the parking lot was invaded by them. It was amazing, as soon as the rangers office closed there was a half dozen baboon sitting on cars trying to get in. We sat around a watched for a bit, and saw a guy who was a little careless when he opened his minivan door have to figure out how to get a giant baboon out (he managed, but came close to loosing his head when the baboon took a swing at him).
Stopped at Boulders Beach because I wanted the others to see the penguins. It was getting near dusk and way to cold to swim or lay on the beach so we opted not to pay to go in the park itself. No problems though, we saw plenty of penguins while climbing around on the rocks outside the park.
Stopped in Fish Hoek for diner. The others went to a pizza place, but I was feeling tired and self indulgent so I opted for a nice sit down diner. Unfortunately I didn't really get to enjoy it as I started to feel very ill as I ate. Had Dean drive home because I was feeling feverish and exhausted. I'm a bit worried about coming down with something, but I think it's just a combination dehydration, exertion, and sunburn - nothing 16 hours of sleep won't fix. Back at the hostel I was in bed shortly after nine.