Cape Town, South Africa

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For this blog I rediscovered my photographs from a memorable 2008 visit to Cape Town, South Africa. Looking at them a few years on I was quickly reminded me of my love for this city.

I think that the key to any city, or place for that matter is its focal point – that’s the iconic symbol of it, the heart of it, the thing that you have in your mind as soon as you think of the place.

Cape Town’s focal point is of course Table Mountain. The views from it are of course superb, but the view of the mountain itself is spectacular. Up close, or in the distance it always looks stunning even when there’s the cloud hanging over the top of it.


A view of Table Mountain from Dolphin Bay, Cape Town, South Africa


The view of Camp’s Bay from the top of Table Mountain, Cape Town


Looking out over Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain


Cable Cars, Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Wen we visited at the start of 2008 the story about Cape Town was whether it would be ready to host the World Cup Finals two years later, it was of course. Personally my wife and I had a bigger event in our minds, the birth of our daughter that was due a few months later.

We saw a lot of Cape Town, guided by a good friend who we stayed with. As well as the city itself we also travelled out a bit to enjoy seeing just a small part of this beautiful country.


Stellenbosch, near Cape Town, South Africa

Highlights included visits to the vineyards of Stellenbosch, a drive along the Cape Peninsula to the extreme southwestern tip of Africa at Cape Point and the opportunity to see the Penguin Colony on Boulders Beach.


Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach on the Cape Peninsula, South Africa


I hope you enjoy looking at the photographs. We went in January, a great time to escape bad weather and head for some sunshine. I was given one piece of advice before going and that was to eat seafood every day, which I did. I hadn’t previously heard of a lot of what I was eating but it was all pretty amazing.


Llandudno Beach, Cape Town, South Africa



Beach Huts at Muizenberg, Cape Peninsula, South Africa


A kite surfer, Cape Town, South Africa



Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa


The fishing village of Paternoster on the Western Cape, South Africa


A fishing boat on the beach last Paternoster, South Africa

About Me:

I am a Family Portrait & Wedding Photographer, I also create photography and video for business offering on-line content and marketing support. I run regular introduction to photography training courses, ideal if you you want to learn how your camera works and take better photographs. I am based in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park and work throughout Scotland including Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh. See more at my website – or call me on 01360 661029.

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Further Reading

There are more places from Scotland and around the world coming soon to this Favourite Places section of my blog. In the meantime I hope you enjoyed my photographs of Cape Town, South Africa.

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  1. Cecilia Buhler says:

    Paul, Just want to say how much I enjoy your photos and look to them for some inspiration. I love photography and often get totally lost in it when I do my walkabout with my camera in Glasgow. Your photos are brilliant.