The Robin Hood Primary School/Creative Partnerships ultimate field trip got off to a poor start when we were stuck on the plane at Amsterdam airport for two hours before take-off. By the time we arrived in Cape Town it was 2 in the morning and we had spent 13 hours on the one plane. Fortunately the car hire place was still open and we had a simple drive in to the city on deserted roads. The hotel is the lap of luxury – well done to Anne-Marie and Bright Space for finding this little gem in amongst the huge corporate hotels. We are very central and close to the Waterfront and Green Point visitor areas. From my windows I can see the new Green Point football stadium being constructed for the World Cup next year. Looks like it should be finished on time!
The weather is scorching, about 38 degrees the first day. We wandered down to the Waterfront area which is transformed from the working docks in to a huge tourist trap of shops, cafes, bars and hotels. The highlight down here is the aquarium. It’s similar to all the sea zoos we have at home except there is the ‘two oceans’ phenomena here of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meeting. As a resulting they have everything from tropical reef fish to nasty things that live deep down in cold, dark water…
Look out behind you Elle!
Here is the very atmospheric kelp forest – perhaps this is where our mermaid lives…
Smile for the camera!
The amazing shrinking woman in frog land…
Clowning around with the clown fish:
After I had dried off and been thrown out of the aquarium, we set off for Table Mountain hoping to get up there for sunset. The sky was still clear and the weather hot as we took the car out of the city in the rush hour. It costs about £10 for a return ride in the cable car which has to be one of the best of it’s kind – the view is spectacular and the floor of the car spins as you go so that you get the full panorama. At the top it’s as flat as you hope it will be and the plantlife is very unusual and prolific.
Looking down the coast
Bas in her sensible walking shoes
We even found a tree up on the top…
… or has Elle become a giant?
and then there was the sunset: