South Africa – Dec15 to Jan16

Kommetjie

Kommetjie is a seaside village on the Atlantic south of Hout Bay on the Cape Peninsula in South Africa. The scene is really beautiful, framed to north by the hills around Hout Bay and the Noordhoek hills.

Phil in Kommetjie beach with Hout Bay behind
Phil in Kommetjie beach with Hout Bay behind

The beaches are of white sand with abundant wildlife in the rock pools and the kelp which is plentiful.  South and west of our house on the edge of the beach is Kommetjie village affording great sunsets.

The birds seen include Small egret, sacred ibis, Hadada, swift terns, kelp gulls, Black African oystercatchers (with young), Hautlaub gulls, cormorants and great cormorants.  One day we had a Cape fur seal below the house and around the house we had a tortoise and friendly mouse!

Little Egret
Little Egret
Black Cape Ouatercatchers
Black Cape Ouatercatchers

We have spent a lot of time, between resting, walking up the beach to view the birds, and views of Noordhoek beach, known as Long Beach.  The water, being from the Atlantic, was very cold but we managed to swim (a little although a ducking to cool down would be closer to the mark).

Sunset lighting up over Hout Bay
Sunset lighting up over Hout Bay
Sunset over Kommetjie
Sunset over Kommetjie

We have shared this idyll with Charles and Diana Gibson for first few days and Andrew Baker and a great time was had by all!

Our house party!
Our house party!

Cape Town

A primary reason for visiting SA at this time was to see a bit of the Newlands test match.  We went with Charles and Diana to the first day, sitting out in the sun for the most part.

As things turned out we probably had the best of the cricket which ebbed and flowed a bit on the first day and Stokes laid the foundation to his epic innings.

The ground is really very pretty and seemingly little improved so has maintained a degree of quaintness.  There are still grassy banks for people to come and set up for the day below the mountain.  One spot under the trees provided a welcome relief from the hot sun.

On the Monday we ventured up Table Mountain although we arrived a little late as we thought it likely to be closed due to the wind. An hour and a half later we were at the top and walking the plateau.

The townside was a little hazy, but behind we had great views of the Twelve Apostles, Hout Bay and down to Kommetjie.

View from Table mountain to a hour Bay and Kommetjie
View from Table mountain to a Hout Bay and Kommetjie

The vegetation was mixed with many aloes in flower, but the proteas were gone over.

Cape Point

The next day we went down early to Cape Point, but visa biliary was poor to start with so we decided to stay at beach level at Cape of Good Hope and Buffels Bay.  the seas were strong and the birds once again abundant.

Bird life near Cape of Good Hope
Bird life near Cape of Good Hope
At Buffelsbay, Cape Point
At Buffelsbay, Cape Point

The next day we left for De Hoop reserve on the coast and the weather breaks.

3 thoughts on “South Africa – Dec15 to Jan16”

    1. Leave the coast tomorrow for the mountains. The weather improved at midday when the rain stopped. Hope you will show M&D when you are next there. I called at the weekend and heard of her fall, hope all well!

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