First on the list was the Green Point lighthouse, which you can enter (for R16/person) and climb up on a self-guided tour, and is definitely worth the experience as the oldest lighthouse in South Africa (built in 1824).
|Green Point Lighthouse|
This is the view from the top of the lighthouse:
From there it was a trip up to Signal Hill, and this is the view out to the sea:
If you look closely to the left you'll see an interesting form of recreation you *definitely* don't see in Johannesburg...
But don't you have a close-up of that? Why yes, I do.
That doesn't look safe. Definitely not going to find an extreme selfie of me doing this!
While you're up at Signal Hill you can get a good view of Lion's Head:
|Lion's Head ... I think|
|The Cape Town money shot ... proudly taken by yours truly|
And from there you get to see a couple of other interesting scenes, like this:
|Skyscrapers: a relatively rare phenomenon n Cape Town|
... and this ...
And that's it. Not too bad for a first day in Cape Town, and none of it with a tour-bus, thank you very much!
Here's to many more days exactly like this.
PS: One thing that both Bucharest AND Johannesburg can take a cue from is the stunning Canal Walk shopping centre (mall map). We also visited there this afternoon ... over 400 shops across two enormous levels! Like that old saying goes: if you can't find it there, you don't need it. Really amazing considering how space-poor the rest of Cape Town is.