Baboons & Shipwrecks

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Cape Point is notorious for its baboons, in fact whilst heading from the car park to the restaurant we watched a guard chasing a baboon with a catapult and the baboon was not at all fazed. The cape is also notorious for it’s storms and was originally known as the Cape of Storms, numerous shipwrecks bear testimony to the might of the sea and many of these are evident at Cape Point, we hiked various routes and saw a few wrecks, tortoises and had an encounter with a troop of baboons who stationed themselves on both sides of a narrow cutting as we left the wreck of the Thomas Tucker.

The wrecks are great to see and require a decent hike offering an exercise opportunity; weather can be variable so a rucksack with at least a rain jacket and water as well as a snack is advisable. Wear decent closed shoes and keep a spare pair in the car as you may have to change shoes after having returned from the wrecks if you have chosen to walk on the beach.
There are various wrecks and routes and a one actually needs to spend a few days at Cape Point, there is so much to see and do that one can not simply do the tourist thing and just pop in for an hour or so. I ma not sure how much longer the wrecks will be there as the sea time and salt air are taking their eventual toll, but some are still visible, the Thomas Tucker was wrecked in 1942 during WW2 and the Nolloth was more recent ( 1965) other date back to the 1700’s and 1800’s.

Dependant on time and light various photographic options exist, do take measures to protect cameras as a sunny day can quickly turn to rain.

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Glyn Demmer

My first 4x4 was a Nissan Hardbody thereafter I started travelling all over the country. In 1992 we held a big 4x4 day with hundreds of Nissan families, and then the 4x4 bug really bit. A friend Monty Brett and I started running 4x4 courses at the Hennops Off-road Trail just outside of Johannesburg. At first we offered day-and-a-half courses that started on Friday afternoon and finished on Saturday afternoon. Hannes Grobler the Rally Ace regularly assisted, and we reached a nice balance between our two styles and our skills.

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