|Friday 26th October - South Africa - Cape Town (Day 8)
On our way to Cape Town we stopped to view whales at Hermanus and decided that we would return again with Hugh, Mary, Mum and Dad. Thats what we did today.
En-route to Hermanus we stopped at Bettys Bay. Keziah and Naomi were delighted to act as tour guides, taking their visitors round to see the penguins. The penguins are very entertaining to watch. Its amazing that they dont get dashed on the rocks as they launch themselves into the foaming, crashing waves.
We booked our places on the 12 noon whale watching boat trip about a week ago. Fortunately the weather today was wonderful clear, sunny and calm. The trip lasted about 3 hours and was thrilling. Andrew and I have seen whales once before off Kaikoura in New Zealand. It is not overstating things to say that on both occasions I felt my heart full and tears stinging my eyes. Whales are just so amazing to see and you feel overwhelmed to have the privilege of getting so close to them.
The whales we saw today were Southern Right whales. We saw lots of whales from a distance some as we went past on the boat and many more from the shore as we ate a late lunch. In the boat we got close up to 4 or 5 whales. The whales were relaxing and playing, just lolling about in the water. At one point a whale swam under the boat. Wonderful, wonderful.
Keziah sat with Granny in the boat, the two of them enjoying each others company as they spotted whales together.