Beware of the snake!


snake sign at cape point

This is my chill spot at Cape Point. If I have a few minutes alone I park myself in the shade to do some people-watching. I especially like to watch the reaction of tourists walking by who notice the sign. Invariably they look at me strangely, wondering why I am sitting so casually where I am clearly surrounded by dangerous snakes.

What they don’t realise is that the sign tells you to not go wandering into the bushes, that’s all. Snakes are not likely to come out of the bushes where there are many people and noisy vehicles. Snakes are more scared of us than we are of them. Snakes will not come and attack a human for no reason (they’re snakes, not mosquitoes). Snakes will only harm you if you bother them, like for example standing on them when walking. If you walk in the bush or mountains you need to stay on the path and not tread gently – this is one time when you must walk firmly so that the vibrations warn snakes to stay away. Most snake bites happen to dogs because they don’t read blogs or snake advice and are inquisitive.

Now you know where to find me at Cape Point and you can stop worrying about snakes.

This snake story is also worth a read.


About Francoise Armour

I run a small touring company (Tours du Cap) at the bottom of Africa, to show visitors the beauty and vibrant culture of the country I have lived in since my parents brought me here from France as a child. I enjoy taking photos and wish I had learnt to do it properly. I enjoy writing but don't do enough of it. I enjoy walking in the mountains that surround me and I marvel over the views and the flowers and the amazing rock formations. I have a small, cute, clever, black dog of indeterminable breed, named Vida, who reminds me regularly that walking and getting out is not only for when tourists want it.

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A note to all accidental visitors:

I am not a photographer and do not claim to have any particular skills whatsoever in that department. I have enormous respect for those who can see the potential in a scene and can create a great photo. Good photography is an art, in my opinion.

I am just a happy snapper, I have no special lenses or accessories, my camera is very simple and it's usually best to leave the setting on auto.

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