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Lewis Pugh Explains Why the Cape of Good Hope is His Favourite Place on the Continent

21 Yaks and a SpeedoLewis Pugh was asked by Country Life to write about his favourite place in Africa and Pugh has shared the feature he wrote, which was on the Cape of Good Hope.

Pugh writes that “The fact that the Cape of Good Hope has two very different waters on either side – icy cold and often unforgiving on the Atlantic, and warm and generous in False Bay – makes it the most perfect place in the world for an endurance swimmer to train.” He also explains that the name has a special meaning to him, as it epitomises his life philosophy: “I believe in hoping for the best, even while you plan for the worst. Because if you don’t have any hope, you can’t have any dreams.”

There are a lot of things that make the Cape of Good Hope my favourite place in Africa. I love its unparalleled beauty – I never, ever get bored of it. I love that it has lighthouses. Not just one, but two of them. I absolutely adore lighthouses. I love that it is so close to Cape Town. And I love that, when you swim around the Cape, you can go from 12º C to 17º C in 10 strokes. It’s a wonderful sensation, like topping up a cold bath with warm water!

The fact that the Cape of Good Hope has two very different waters on either side – icy cold and often unforgiving on the Atlantic, and warm and generous in False Bay – makes it the most perfect place in the world for an endurance swimmer to train.

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