March 6th to 23rd 2009
This cruise organized by Swan Hellenic was entitled 'Cape to Cape' as it started in Ushuaia (Argentina) nearest town to Cape Horn and finished in Cape Town nearest town to the Cape of Good Hope.
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We left about 2130 on March 6th from Ushuaia and by the next morning we were off Cape Horn. Drakes passage notorious for its bad weather was Drakes Pond and over the next few days we sailed across the waters searching for wildlife.
Some of the wildlife seen across Drakes Passage on our way to Half Moon Island
Grey-headed Albatross Click HERE
Wandering Albatross Click HERE
Black-browed Albatross Click HERE
Giant Petrel Click HERE
Early on March 9th we anchored off Half Moon Bay and took to the zodiacs to reach the shore. It was still early morning when I arrived and the light was not good but we soon walked over to where the Chinstrap Penguins were standing around molting. There were many young Fur Seals playing along the beach and an odd Gentoo Penguin. The Brown Skuas were busy fighting over food. After a stroll along the beach it was time, all too soon, to make our way back to the ship.
Antarctic Fur Seal
Humpback Whale Click HERE
Towards the end of the afternoon the weather deteriorated as we tried to enter Neptune's Bellows on Deception Island.
The next morning, March 10th, we arrived at Elephant Island the place where Shackleton and his men set foot on land for the first time in 497 days. We were able to get in close to Point Wild where some of Shackleton's men waited for the 'Boss' to return and rescue them. There is a small bronze bust of the captain of the Chilean Navy ship who lead
We left Elephant Island for South Georgia a voyage which would take us 2 days but which took Shackleton 18 days.
Cape Petrel Click HERE
Soft-plumaged Petrel Click HERE
Light-mantled Sooty Albatross Click HERE
Fairy Prion Click HERE
We arrived in South Georgia on March 13th. A very pleasant day as we landed close to the Whalers Cemetery from our Zodiacs. King and Gentoo penguins were there to greet us along with some cheeky juvenile fur seals. We were able to walk up to a lake where the surface was very flat before descending to Grytviken to see the old whaling station, museum and post office.
South Georgia - Elsehul Bay
South Georgia - Grytviken
South Georgia (Blue-eyed) Shag
Six nights later we arrived at Tristan da Cunha. The swell was too great for us to land but the local shop keepers came on board and the Antarctic Terns gave a splendid display from the aft of the ship.
Tristan da Cunha
Atlantic Petrel Click HERE
Shy Albatross Click HERE
Four nights later we arrived off the Cape of Good Hope and sailed along the coast to Cape Town.
Cape Fur Seal
Southern Right Whale
A day coach trip was made Cape Town to the Cape of Good Hope and to see the African Penguins at Boulders Beach before a visit to the National Botanical Gardens at Kirstenbosch.
Cape of Good Hope
Plants of South Africa
Land Birds of South Africa
Hadeda Ibis Click HERE
Small Animals of South Africa