And then to Lamberts Bay
If you live in Cape Town and enjoy road trips it sometimes happens that you haven’t seen the ocean for a few days and you start to miss it. Especially in summer. This happens to me often and it happened recently during a trip to the Cedarberg. Temperatures were soaring close to 40 degrees (that’s centigrade, folks, Americans would say over 100 degrees!) in Clanwilliam where I was based, so on a free day I decided to drive to Lamberts Bay for lunch.
Lamberts Bay is the lobster capital of South Africa. Sadly, as a result of over-fishing and poaching, our West Coast lobster, aka crayfish or kreef, is an endangered species and a luxury in the city. But not in Lamberts Bay where it is still found on most menus because the locals have special permits, and where it costs a fraction of city prices.
My lunch was superb. Friendly service overlooking the harbour, the screech and swirl of gulls, the smell of the sea, a glass of chilled white wine, and the plate in front of me reduced to a pile of discarded lobster shell.
I walked off my meal by visiting Bird Island – connected to the harbour by a short causeway – where thousands of Cape gannets have made their home. You can’t walk all over the island because the birds are protected and this is one of only a handful of such breeding sites worldwide, but a well-placed lookout allows you to get close enough to observe them well.
Enjoy the photos that follow .. some are from this trip and some (the better ones) were taken by Sheila Wilson who accompanied me on a similar trip last year.