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Boulders Beach consists of a sheltered cove of soft white sand, massive granite boulders, and being on the Indian Ocean side of the peninsula, the water is a little warmer than the icy cold water on Cape Town’s Atlantic Ocean beaches.
Besides coming to see the white sand and clear water beaches, our main reason for coming to this spot was to see the penguins! Boulders Beach and the neighbouring Foxy beach are home to a colony of thousands of African penguins and it’s amazing to watch them going about their daily business. To get really close to the penguins, we took a stroll along the wooden boardwalk that thread the dense vegetation, over the dunes and round Foxy Beach. If you head down to Boulders Beach itself, expect to stay for a while – this really is the perfect place for a family beach picnic!
One evening, Catherine and I took a nice drive to Bloubergstrand. She had told me about this area and I was happy that she finally had an opportunity to show it to me. We wanted a nice evening out – Somewhere we could sit and enjoy the sunset near the beach. We searched around a bit and ended up dining at Ocean Basket.The sun was bright and we were sitting at a big window. It was perfect – We could see the beach from the restaurant. Our waitress was named Patience. It was a fitting name because you had to have patience to sit at her table. I ordered fish and chips and Catherine ordered some sushi. After what seemed like an eternity, I received my food. After that we just sat waiting for Cat’s food. We could see the sushi bar from where we were sitting, and even before my food arrived we could see Cat’s order on the counter. Just sitting there. We waited. And waited. Eventually we had to tell Patience that our sushi was ready. We laughed about the irony of her name.
2. There are only 7,500 cheetahs left in Africa
We made our way back to the entrance and we were given some instructions on how to safely be around the cheetahs. Safety was a priority here, but for some reason I wasn’t scared to pet such a large animal. In my mind, it didn’t quite register that this could be dangerous! I was just really excited. Cheetahs are not dangerous to the human population, so maybe that’s why I was so calm.
We were told not to approach the cheetahs from the front, but rather circle them and SLOWLY kneel behind them, in a crouch. We also had to put one knee on the ground in case we had to get up quickly. The cheetahs can sometimes be moody on hot days like this, and this may result in them not wanting to be around people other than their handlers. We were also only supposed to rub them from head to tail. They don’t like it when you pet them against the way their fur grows.
I was glad that we were given such extensive precautions before entering the cheetah cage, because we NEEDED them. As soon as we knelt down, the cheetah flipped over and we had to jump up on our feet. Even though this guys was skinny he moved with great power and speed. We circled around him but the cheetah rolled over once more. He just wasn’t in a mood for this! We were told that because it was late the cheetahs were sometimes hot and agitated. We left the cage feeling unsatisfied with our encounter.