The Cape Peninsula on one side has the Atlantic Ocean and on the other side it has False Bay. It is always up for debate as to whether False Bay is in the Indian Ocean or the Atlantic Ocean. What do you think?
The Atlantic Ocean is generally cold and the water temp can drop to below 10º C. False Bay on the other hand is much warmer with temps going up to 20º on some occasions. The sea temp in Fale Bay rarely drops below 14º. So that’s a defining characteristic of the two water bodies. Not?
However, the man-made meeting place of the two oceans is off Cape Agulhas, which is to the east of False Bay. Cape Agulhas is the Southernmost point of Africa. The Cape of Good Hope (situated in Cape Point Reserve) is the South Western tip of Africa.
My take on the different oceans is that it is all just names. If you think about it the world is covered by a mass of water that flows and is, well, fluid. There’s actually nothing separating one body of water from the next. It’s all just a name.
It would be cool though if the defining line between the two oceans was off the point of Cape Point. We could then stand on the tip of the peninsula and point right to the Atlantic and left to the Indian oceans.
Gee, I got sidetracked there. 🙂
We live on the Cape Peninsula about 30 minutes drive from the gate of the Cape Point Reserve. This reserve is part of the Table Mountain National Park. It is a beautiful place.
Yesterday was one of those magical days in Cape Town where the temp hit 35º in some places – in the reserve where it is always a bit cooler, it got to about 28º. There was little to no wind. It was glorious.
We drove the roads.
We crisscrossed from coast to coast and walked some of the trails.
We saw the animals. We saw the white beaches. The sea was a colour turquoise and as clear as could be.
It was a good day.
Enjoy the photos.