19 January 2013 – Happy Chappie Caching in Cape Town (Part 1)

Most things are more fun when done in pairs and cache tripping is no exception…  Two teams, two days, twenty-two caches – double the fun!

For quite a while, we have been planning a weekend cache trip from Green Point all the way along Victoria Road to Llandudno, over Suikerbossie Hill into Hout Bay and back over Constantia Nek, along Rhodes Drive to Kirstenbosch Gardens, ending at Rhodes Memorial, and who better to bring along than new caching buds, the Chappies.

Merging some timetables and weather forecasts during the post-school holiday hiatus, we managed to dodge the manic migratory return of flocks of holiday visitors and ended up with most of the peninsula to ourselves.

We started out with a revisit of an old favourite, Hiddingh Security TB Hotel (see our previous blog post West Coast Route for more detail on this cache and the workings of a TB Hotel).  With our inventory restocked, we set course for Green Point with Brunette Chappie at the wheel…

142 Cape Town Stadium#142 CAPE TOWN STADIUM (GC259QE)
Cape Town Stadium near Green Point in Cape Town, South Africa

S33°54.335 E18°24.655

The new Cape Town Stadium was completed in December 2009 in preparation of the FIFA 2010 World Cup Soccer Finals and was constructed on the site of the old Green Point Stadium.  It was built at a cost of R4.4billion – or approximately US$600million and has a capacity of 55,000 pax.

Visit Cape Town Stadium as www.geocaching.com

143 SS RMS Athens#143 SS: RMS ATHENS (GC2AA8R)
Mouille Point in Cape Town, South Africa

S33°53.973 E18°24.529

From Green Point, we moved on to Mouille Point where we found our next string of Shipwreck Series caches along the beach and promenade.

The first one tells the story of the RMS Athens, a 739 ton Royal Mail Steamer that had sunk just west of Mouille Point during the Great Gale on the night of 17 May 1865.  The only survivor was a pig that somehow made it to shore.  Only the engine block is still visible today as a reminder of this tragedy.

Visit SS: RMS Athens at www.geocaching.com

144 SS Seafarer#144 SS: SEAFARER (GC2BCFP)
Mouille Point in Cape Town, South Africa

S33°54.164 E18°23.891

The next cache along the promenade presented a bit of a challenge – closed-off construction work.

For the record, Brunette Chappie did not ignore any signs, she did not break an entry, nor did she enter a restricted construction zone.  She did not find the cache and we did not log it.  In fact, we were never there and did not do any caching on this day…

Jokes aside, the S.A. Seafarer was a large cargo ship that had stranded only a couple of hundred metres from Three Anchor Bay beach in July 1966.  Its stranding was the cause of one of Cape Town’s earliest great environmental scares owing to her cargo of poisonous tetra-ethyl lead – a volatile and highly toxic compound used in motor fuel in those days.  The loss of over forty gallon drums led to the Green Point front being closed-off until divers managed to locate and recover all forty-four drums – all miraculously still intact.

Visit SS: Seafarer at www.geocaching.com

145 SS De Visch #145 SS: DE VISCH (GC2EE3W)
Mouille Point in Cape Town, South Africa

S33°54.061 E18°23.907

The De Visch was a Dutch East Indiaman that was wrecked on 4 May 1740 during her Captain’s ill attempt at sailing into Table Bay at night.  Mistaking a light shining from the newly built fort at Three Anchor Bay for the signal fire on Robben Island, he drove his ship straight onto the rocks just west of today’s Green Point lighthouse.

Visit SS: De Visch at www.geocaching.com

146 Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle#146 WIGGLE WIGGLE WIGGLE WIGGLE (GC3VRM0)
Sea Point in Cape Town, South Africa

S33°54.395 E18°23.805

This aptly named cache is located next to the new Sea Point Outdoor Gym.

Don’t think we have ever seen so many flaying body parts together in one place…  Even the pesky Hartlaub’s gulls chose to vacate the chaos!

Visit Wiggle at www.geocaching.com

Our adventure will continue in Part 2 of this blog…

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