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Another must see when you go to Cape Town – The penguins at Boulders Beach!

There is a small entrance fee onto the beach to see the penguins, but it’s definitely worth it! (Also, you aren’t allowed on the sand with the penguins. You will be on a pedestrian deck and will be able to take photos. But if you want to get really close to the penguins, you find a couple of them off the beach and on pathways)

Can you see them?

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They were definitely fun to watch.


Did you know that penguins molt their feathers?

Can you spot the ones that are molting their feathers below? cape-town-tour-1156PINIMAGE

Here’s a close up of a penguin. cape-town-tour-1183PINIMAGEAnd a close up of one molting.

I wish I had brought a better telephoto lens to capture more individual penguins, because even though they look somewhat the same, the don’t!

Next penguin viewing goal- Emperor Penguins in Antarctica. #Bucketlist



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While I was researching things to do in Cape Town, Llandudno kept showing up on places to go. When I told my driver that I wanted to go to Llandudno, he said we can drive through, but it’s just residential and nothing to really do or look at. But I said it was on my list, so we might as well see what it’s all about!

Residential is correct. (And by the way, I would LOVE to live here! A lot of new construction homes that are beautiful and right by the water.


As the road curved, I asked my driver to stop and park. We literally just parked right in front of some random houses.  I saw a little pathway, and thought- We need to walk through this and get closer to the water! I climbed a few rocks and this is what I came across!


And I’m glad I did! It was so beautiful! cape-town-tour-1077PINIMAGEcape-town-tour-1081PINIMAGEcape-town-tour-1082PINIMAGEcape-town-tour-1087PINIMAGEcape-town-tour-1090PINIMAGE


It was very calm and peaceful! If I were able to have a vacation home anywhere- it would definitely be here! Especially if I could climp a few rocks to get here! cape-town-tour-1085PINIMAGEcape-town-tour-1114PINIMAGE


After doing the whole Safari thing, I headed over to Cape Town. I only had a day and a half in Cape Town, so everything was basically jam packed into a day.

I was told I should go to Table Mountain as soon as it opens, as there can be a long line! And was also told to also try and go the first day, as Table Mountain closes if the winds are strong (so that if it is closed, I can try the next day).

I suggest buying tickets online as well. There are 2 lines – people who have already purchased tickets, vs people who need to buy tickets. They let all the people with pre-purchased tickets in first. They also have wifi where you wait in line, so you can easily purchase tickets while waiting inline. Even though I was one of the first groups inline to purchase a ticket, I definitely was not one of the first people to get in (especially with all the tour buses that come through!!) – That is if you decide to take the cable cars. You also have the option of hiking.

Anyways, time for pictures!


In the cable car on the way up!


Views from Table Mountain. cape-town-tour-1010PINIMAGEcape-town-tour-1011PINIMAGEcape-town-tour-1013PINIMAGEcape-town-tour-1019PINIMAGE



Heading back to the Johannesburg Airport from the safari camp, we took the Panorama Route – Stoping at Lisbon Falls and God’s Window

It was great to go back taking that route and stoping at those sites, so that different South African landscapes would be seen.


Lisbon Falls


God’s Window


The cool thing about not being on the reserves, you would see elephants and even hippos on the landscape!




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Kruger National Park was a little bit different from the Sabi Sands Game Reserve.


The part of Sabi Sands that I went to, the land was privately owned. And you couldn’t go into anyone else’s private lands. If you happened to see an animal on someone else’s land, the furthest you could go was to the edge of your land.

Kruger National Park, was that- a national park. With paved roads and lots of cars. You didn’t have to be part of a tour, and could take your own car in. Therefore, it was a lot more crowded (car-wise). Although there are paved roads, you are in the animals homes. They eat what the hunt, and get hunted and eaten.

Kruger and Sabi Sands are right next to each other. There is no barrier restricting the animals to go from one part to the other. So at different times of the year, the animals can be anywhere.

During this trip I went to at the end of October -in Sabi Sands I mostly saw – Zebras, Rhino’s, Wildebeests, Water buffalo, and 1 stray elephant- just to name a few. At Kruger- I mostly saw – Giraffes, Elephants, Hippos, and Lions (again just to name a few).

I’m glad I was able to do game drives at both because it was a different experience and different animals!

Anyways, time for some pictures!
















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safari-day-3-kruger-1275PINIMAGECan anyone else see the Cheetah? Our guide told us where it was, and it took me a really long time and a good zoom into my camera to see it!


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The next post will be more scenic – the Panoramic Route from Sabi Sands / Kruger back to the Johannesburg Airport.


Chrissy Kim