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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Oudtshoorn October 13th 2009

Sat 10 Oct This morning I went with Maggie and her friend to a local tourism award ceremony at a really nice lodge with a long bar, comfortable sofas and warm open log fires at each end of the room. They served champagne and excellent canapes and gave two Golden Tusk awards to outstanding local businesses. From there we went to the Addo Rose Festival to see local craft stalls and food vans as well as several tents displaying roses of all types. The event was quite small - about the size of a large village fete - but was interesting We had calamari and chip sticks, which is a thinly sliced potato on a long stick that is deep fried - it tastes a cross between fries and crisps. Sadly there was no beer tent ... read more
Maggie May houseboat
Rose Festival display
Oudtshoorn's famed birds

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Oudtshoorn August 26th 2009

From Cape Point we continued onto Hermanus. A small town along the coast of Africa that is famous for whale watching. August and September are supposed to be the peek season for seeing the Southern Right Whale. We spent the afternoon having lunch at a very over priced seafood restaurant watching whales jump. These whales were so big that you could see them while they were swimming under water. It was pretty exciting every time a whale jumped, and at one point there were two whales jumping together, one right after the other. There were some kayakers out in the water very close to the whales and I have to admit I was very jealous. We continued our afternoon with having some gelato on a park bench. From there we went to Cape Aguhlus, which is ... read more
Right Whale Facts
Whale Jumping
On the boarder

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Oudtshoorn July 21st 2009

Hey guys, Well after spending some time on the coast we decided to head in land and into the hills to the town of Oudtshoorn. Oudtshoorn is known for two things - the Cango Caves National park and Ostrich Farms! This area in the Swartberg Mountains is super nice and again has almost a Canadian Rockies feel to it with the mountains and tree'ed areas although the Baboons on the roads are a constant reminder of where you really are! In the morning we decided to take a drive to some waterfalls in the hills and then up to the Caves. The waterfalls were really beautiful and we had them all to ourselves which is always nice. After the falls we were off to the caves. Now when we had originally planned to stop in Oudtshoorn ... read more
Rust en Vrede Falls
Cango Caves
Cango Caves

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Oudtshoorn June 7th 2009

so back on the road again, the itrip working its magic and the tunes a blasting. off we went along the 'alternative garden route'... the Route 62. very pretty it was too. up hill, down dale, through vineyard and around the mountains. we even stopped for a spot of tea, scones and cheescakes at a farm shop in a village along the way. so beautiful was the landscape that it was again a testament to the humour of the south africans to find 'ronnies sex shop' plonked in the middle of nowhere. now a backpackers stop off and a thriving pub where people leave their underwear as memoriablelia, ronnies sex shop started off as a mere grocery and farm store. this was until, of course, the inevitable happened and his mate got drunk one night and ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Oudtshoorn March 21st 2009

30/01/09 (cont.) - After the last Addo safari we began our trek back to Cape Town via a different route. We had lunch at a very small town called Steytlerville and stayed the night at a lovely guesthouse in Willowmore. 31/01/09 - The next day we headed off towards the mountains via a quaint little town called De Rust. After lunch we drove to the Cango Caves via Outdshoorn. They were fascinating and reminded us of Jenolan Caves. We stayed at a town called Calitzdorp that night.... read more
"The Willow" guesthouse & gardens
Birdnests in trees at "The Willow"
Ostrich farm near De Rust

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Oudtshoorn December 7th 2008

The last day in Cape we went to Robben Island. It actually wasn't as good as I was expecting. I'm glad I went, but it could've been more informative. They basically just walked us through the prison. The bus tour of the island was better, but everything was rushed and the group was huge. It was still worthwhile to see though. The buildings and everything actually looked a lot nicer than I expected! I'm sure with a bunch of people there in the heat without much food it was terrible, but it wasn't as run-down as I expected. The rooms were tiny though. The single cells were about 6 feet by 7 feet. Cape Town is a really nice city! I could've spent a lot longer there and I definitely want to go back. The Waterfront ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Oudtshoorn November 22nd 2008

It's been sometime since I've had the opportunity to write little something to you on the travel blog. I've had some connectivity issues and just plain busy having a great time. Let's see since we've last talk, I've moved onto to the Garden Route which includes Outshorne which is famous for Ostrich farming; Knysna which is a beautiful seaside community, a quick stop in Port Elizabeth and then I just flew into Johanesburg, where I will settle into this hotel before transferring onto my last leg of this fabulous vacation tomorrow am, which is the Mala Mala Safari. Can't wait. Attached are a few shots from places I've been ( Knysna, for a hike in the Featherbed's Nature Reserve, the pix's that have the real blue waters) and to Cango Wildlife Reserve in Outshorne, where I ... read more
Justin, the baby chetah
Sandra and Ganzi
Beautiful Knysna

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Oudtshoorn November 17th 2008

Spent most of the day travelling from Hermanus by Baz Bus to a town called George where a shuttle picked me to take me up inland for an hour to place which is practically impossible to pronounce correctly...Oudtshoorn. I had heard this place was all about Ostrich farms and therefore for some reason had in my head some kind of small hick town with dusty ranches with ostrich running around instead of horses...but its actually a really beautiful and very green lively little town with nice shops and restaurants...quite a suprise. The hostel - Backpackers Paradise - was equally suprising..the name really does say it all. Beautiful gardens, comfy beds in big airy clean dorms, Glen (the manager) who organises everthing for you from visits to the Ostrich farms,to the Wildlife Centre, the famous Cango Caves, ... read more
Getting a kiss
The Ostriches love me!!
Proffessional Ostrich Riding

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Oudtshoorn November 11th 2008

We are in Swellendan in West Cape tonight for our second Wedding anniversary. Was great to be together after spending our first anniversary apart last year. We flew into George yesterday and stayed in a cool place called Wilderness on the coast. We did a bit of tiki tour to Knysna east along the coast which was OK but a bit touristy. Very similar to the Great Ocean Road in places. There are two parallel ranges of mountains inland to George which are fairly steep and rugged. We headed north through the first range (Outenitua Range) to a wee town called Oudtshoorn which is famous for its Ostrich farms. we saw plenty including one Geoff thought was having a fit until we got closer and saw it was mating a female!! South African drivers are almost ... read more
Storm over fields

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Oudtshoorn November 11th 2008

Flew into Joberg on Saturday and met up with Geoff's brother Steven and his wife Marna who were excellent company and very hospitable. Spent the first day drinking beer, watching rugby, eating biltong and having a brai (BBQ) all of which were excellent. The next day we went for a wee drive to a Cheetah Reserve/Conservation centre with 90 cheetahs and 70 wild dogs. It was pretty cool and we also got to see our first antelope (Nyala and Impala) and pat a purring cheetah called Byron. We are in Swellendan in West Cape tonight for our second Wedding anniversary. Was great to be together after spending our first anniversary apart last year. We flew into George yesterday and stayed in a cool place called Wilderness on the coast. We did a bit of tiki tour ... read more
Steven, Marna, us and Byron the Cheetah




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