The hail only lasted about 5 minutes and then things went back to normal, but some of the penguins remained cautious and confused. Here are some photos/videos:
The aquarium was the perfect activity for a rainy day. We saw lots of different fish - many from the Indian Ocean which were new to us. They had a great shark exhibit and at 3pm we watched the divers feed the sharks. This sounded great in theory, but it wasn't as exciting as we had anticipated.
The next day was far less rainy, so we decided to drive down to the Cape of Good Hope. On the way, we stopped at a penguin colony and enjoyed watching the penguins in their natural habitat. If it didn't start to rain, I could have watched them for another hour!
After visiting the penguins, we drove throughout Cape Point National park, where we saw many different animals and stunning views of the ocean. At one point, I was taking a picture of the cliffs and a baboon appeared very close in my lens. I was so startled, I let out a little yell, grabbed Chris and ran away. We then turned around (from a safer distance) and I snapped a couple shots of the baboon. There were some locals parked nearby that found this very funny and told us that as long as we didn't have food in our bags, the baboons wouldn't bother us. Although we didn't have food on us, we still didn't feel any better about being 20 feet away from a big baboon and walked back to the car.
When we were at the Cape of Good Hope, a bus full of Pakistani tourists pulled up. There must have been 30 guys, taking pictures and enjoying the view. Chris and I were navigating our way across the rocks to get back to our car when two of the guys stopped us and asked for a picture (they didn't speak English - they just showed us their camera). Chris figured they wanted him to take a picture of them so he smiled, said yes and went to grab the camera. One of the guys said no and pointed at him and the other guy. Chris was confused and then realized the other guy wanted a picture with him. So he posed for the picture - smiling with some random dude from Pakistan. Then the guy gave his friend the camera and stood next to me indicating he wanted a picture with me. Before I knew it, he was next to me smiling and his friend snapped a picture. They thanked us and then ran toward the ostrich and started snapping photos with the bird.
We started laughing once we got back to the car, thinking about the stories they might tell about us when sharing photos from their holiday. They didn't even know what country we were from. We imagined the voiceover when they shared the photos with their families - Here is the Cape of Good Hope, here is an ostrich, here are some odd looking foreigners - the man was 8 feet tall and the girl had crazy hair, here is a rainbow. I wish we took a picture with them!
A Beautiful Drive
The rest of the drive was just stunning. Check out some of the photos below.