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This sunset in Strandfontein, Cape Town, took my breath away

01 Sep 2017, Posted by Fungai Tichawangana in Moments of Magic

It was early evening in July and I was driving from Nyanga, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town, back to my mother-in-law’s house in Fish Hoek. As I cruised down Baden Powell Drive, which runs along part of False Bay, with the ocean crashing into the coastline on your left and the suburbs of Bayview, Wavecrest, Pelican Heights and then Muizenberg stretching out on your right.

I had driven on this road many times before, but this time it was different. The orange of the sun, the sound of the ocean and hundreds of seagulls circling above me in the sky before gliding down to come and rest on sand dunes only to take off again in what seemed like some sort of sundowner game of happy flying.  They were dancing in the sky, going nowhere in particular, just taking off, soaring on the wind and landing, then repeating the process. It was one of those perfect moments. It was beautiful.

Strandfontein is also interesting in that it’s like a mid-point between one of Cape Towns poorest neighbourhoods, Khayelitsha and the popular picturesque Muizenberg, St James and Kalk Bay which host thousands of tourists from all over the world every year. 

Tourism is one of Cape Town’s cash cows and continues to grow as the city receives endless accolades as a top tourism destination from the likes of CNN, Trip Advisor, National Geographic, Lonely Planet and the Telegraph Travel Awards (Best City for 4 consecutive years). In January 2017, News 24 reported that the city was experiencing one of its busiest festive seasons ever. 

 

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