This part of South Africa
has a pleasant Mediterranean type of climate, sunny with most of the rain
in the winter. We went there in October (Spring) and it was nicely warm.
During our visit to Table Mountain it was quite hot, unusually for this
exposed spot. Further down the Cape Peninsular it can get quite windy.
Plant life is very varied with some eight thousand species present.
varies from finbos - the carpet of fine-leafed plants that cover much
of southern Africa - through cultivated vines and the spectacular bird
of paradise flower (pictured right) to the South African national flower,
In addition, brightly flowering trees can be seen everywhere,
especially in the Spring.
Wild animals include baboons and lizards. We saw jackass penguins on
Robben Island and at Boulder Beach (see here).
And on the Cape Peninsular a queue of parked cars beside the sea often
indicates that someone has spotted a southern right whale - we saw several
quite close to the shore. More exotic creatures, such as zebra, ostrich
and varieties of antelope, can been seen on farms and reserves.