Rooi Els - Cape Town
The overhanging rock and the village of Rooi Els
Rooi Els is a small village on the east coast of False Bay surrounded by some of the mountain peaks that make up the Hottentots Holland Mountain range.
The village is built alongside the Rooi Els river and under a large overhanging rock formation that reaches hundreds of metres into the air.
Being in a wilderness area there is a lot of wildlife to be seen.
Other than some obnoxious baboons which raid the houses of the residents from time to time there are plenty of birds as well.
Many of the unutilised plots in the area are covered with fynbos and I suspect many have snakes such as the cobra and puffadders living on them.
Blue Rock Lizard
Other residents of Rooi Els are the bright blue and brown rock lizards which live among the rocks and can be seen sunning themselves in the midday sun.
They look like statues and only move away when one gets too close.
The bay at Rooi Els and some of the mountains that form the eatern shore of False bay
Fishing is a popular pastime as there are many cliffs and rocky outcrops from where anglers can cast into deep water.
In certain instances anglers have to climb down sheer cliffs to get to the fishing spots and if they are lucky drag their catch back up the hill to their vehicles.
The eastern shoreline of False Bay is very dangerous as it is often hit by freak waves which well up from nowhere and can wash the unsuspecting angler off his perch.
Over the years many anglers have lost their lives and their families have erected crosses on the mountain slopes near to the place where they lost their lives.
That however does not scare off others as you will find many anglers fishing off the rocks when the conditions for fish look good.
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