South Africa, travel

{South Africa Day Four}

Our fourth day in Cape Town was adventure-filled!
We started the day with a drive to Simon’s Town to see the penguins on the beach. 
Did you know you could see hundreds of penguins on a beach in South Africa? Incredible! If you go to Boulder’s Beach you can actually stroll in the sand and get right up close to them – as in, inches away! 
The penguins are just the sweetest things and they didn’t seem to mind the people around. There are very strict rules that you don’t touch them or torment them in any way, so they seemed super happy to just be lounging in the sun. 
I really wanted to take one home, but apparently that’s really against the rules. Too bad.
After Simon’s Town we drove down the coast a little bit to Kalk Bay. It’s a tiny little beach town with not much to it, but our hotel recommended the Harbour House for lunch. We dined on another giant platter of sushi and took in a gorgeous view. 
We barely had time to catch our breath before we went back to the hotel and changed into hiking clothes. We had heard that a sunset hike up Lion’s Head was a must, but we didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into! This isn’t like the hikes we know and love at home. There were several times we were convinced the hike was over because we couldn’t see a trail. Well, that’s because you had to climb rocks and basically scale the mountain to get to the top. It was intense.
But as you can see, the view at the top was totally worth it.
Quick story on that photo of me standing on the rock with the city below. Corey really didn’t want me to get on that rock. But I couldn’t resist the amazing photo opportunity. So after 10 minutes of back-and-forth (me insisting it would be fine, Corey insisting I stay right where I was), I got on the rock 🙂 I’d say the photo was worth the risk, right?
We ended this long, fun and exhausting day with an awesome casual dinner at the Royale Eatery (they specialize in burgers and Corey said his rivaled any burger he’d ever had in the States. Score!). Oh, and they also specialize in milkshakes. We shared an out-of-this-world banana and peanut butter milkshake. Hey, I had just scaled a mountain, I deserved it!
 {Photos © Liz Denfeld Photography}

39 thoughts on “{South Africa Day Four}”

  1. The hiking conditions sound exactly like Norway – not easy but so worth it!

    We loved watching the penguins at boulders beach – funny how we always assume they'll be in cold places.

  2. That is an amazing shot of you on the rock. My hubby would have fought with me about it too! But so worth it! I'm so happy you've been able to post on your trip. SA looks like a dream. Definitely on my bucket list!!

  3. Amazing photos! I especially love the one of Corey holding you up with the sunset behind you, talk about romance! You guys are too cute. I don't think I could make it out on that rock, I would have stayed back with Corey! But you were right, the photo was worth it! Enjoy your trip, I can't wait to visit South Africa someday.

    Sidenote: Isn't the afrikaans language a trip? When I was traveling through Italy a couple years ago we met a couple girls from South Africa that we ended up traveling with. They were so fun, I loved listening to them talk to each other in afrikaans.

  4. Ok, when I saw those penguins on the beach in your Instagram photo the other day, I immediately told my husband “We HAVE to go to South Africa!” I loveeee penguins, so I think that would be amazing! And that hike looks incredible! I am loving your photos from this trip! xoxo

  5. I am dying over these photos. What a gorgeous place!! And that picture on the rock is all kinds of amazing, but scares me to death just looking at it. You're brave!!!

  6. I get nervous just looking at you on that rock. Like seriously my stomach starts flipping. But it is a great photo opp for sure!

    PENGUINS! So cute.

    I'm really wanting to go on vacation just to get to eat fun lunches AND dinners with husband now.

  7. Ummm can I just tell you I am insanely jealous of all these lovely pictures and penguins (!!!!) and your beautiful red dress! Where did you find that gorgeous frock?! And seriously penguins!!!

  8. The story of you standing on the rock made me laugh out loud that I had to read it to my husband. That is SO US whenever I want to take a “risky” photo, lol! The photo of you on the rock is amazing and I'm glad you got your shot 🙂 I had no idea SA had such beautiful beaches (with penguins nonetheless!) and mountains to climb and explore. What an adventure! Looking forward to seeing more!

  9. Wow Liz! gorgeous photos!! do you mind telling me how you managed to capture the smooch in front of the sunset so perfectly like that?? it's so gorgeous!! did someone take the photo for you or did you time it??

  10. Beautiful! What an exciting place to visit. The water is absolutely gorgeous!

    ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤Brooke

  11. wow wow wow! i was born in south africa and last year on our honeymoon my love and i went to south africa for 3 weeks. we spent 1 week in cape town and your stories and pictures are bringing back so many happy memories. we did so many of the same things! enjoy the rest of your time! cape town is magical!

  12. Your pictures make South Africa look absolutely gorge! And the ones on insta today of you with the elephants?! Looks like you guys are having an amazing trip – have to say, I'm a tad jealous following along from boring Los Angeles!

  13. I`am so glad you and Corey are enjoying our beautiful country 🙂 Cape Town is just a small glimpse of what this wonderful land holds. I hope that you will come back one day and discover the rest of it 🙂

  14. It was derived form Dutch Liz, but there are some differences. I am Afrikaans, and sometimes I really struggle to understand Dutch, especially if the person is talking too fast.

  15. Wow! I am so afraid for you standing on that cliff. I'm not afraid of heights (usually), but that looks whooooa! Anyway, your pics are absolutely gorgreous and that water is pretty unreal.

  16. oh my gosh liz – these pictures are incredible!! what a fabulous trip!! so jealous of all your adventures – glad you are having the time of your life!! xoxo

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