Blogs from Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, South Africa, Africa - page 8


Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Oudtshoorn July 13th 2006

I've had two full days of work so far not counting orientation day so I'll give a quick run down of some of the tasks that I help out with. We've been split into 3 groups and each group is paired up with a curator. Wednesday: Amy and I were paired up with Francois, the animal trainer. We mainly worked with the cheetahs and the tigers. Our morning consisted of cleaning all of the cheetah's cages, draining and cleaning the tigers' pool area, and cutting up large chunks of meat for the cheetahs and the tigers later on in the day. We also cleared away a lot of brush that was intertwined in a fence right next to the lion's den. There's a male lion, named Charlie, and three females who have names but are collectively ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Oudtshoorn July 11th 2006

Today was my first day at work at the Cango Wildlife Ranch. It turned out to be more of an orientation so we could take a look around and find out what this center is all about and what difference we could make. Got up at 6:45, ate cornflakes and bananas for breakfast, and left the backpacker's by 7:30am. Thewalk to the ranch (which took about 20 min) started out a little chilly. However, a quarter of the way through, we started hitting warm pockets of air. It's the sensation that you sometimes get when you are swimming in an ocean and there are occasional warm water currents, or when your standing next to someone peeing in a pool. ;) By the end of the walk, it was already pretty warm and I had to take ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Oudtshoorn July 10th 2006

Pretty low key day today. We got up and Erika drove us 3.5 hours to our final destination of Oudtshoorn (pronounced odes-hern ). We drove away from the coast and inland through the mountains. Up until now, the scenery had been green and lush. Right after we went through the mountain passes, the vegetation changed to short shrubbery, some cacti, and the tips of the mountains were sandy instead of grassy. Oudtshoorn is known for it's ostrich farms so everywhere you look, there are souvenirs, lamps, and teapots made out of ostrich eggs. I went to the supermarket called Pick n' Pay and as I was walking down the aisle with the eggs, everything looked normal until I saw the basket of ostrich eggs right next to the chicken eggs. Let me tell you, these things ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Oudtshoorn July 10th 2006

I just realized that I didn't explain the title of my previous post. The Karoo is the region of South Africa that is known for its dry, deserty climate, its vegetation, and it's flat expanses of land. We are located in the Klein (small) Karoo. The Big Karoo is located farther north.... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Oudtshoorn May 15th 2006

After the delights of Hermanus, we moved to Swellendam - best described as rural. You couldn't fault the view, if you could see it through the cloud of mosquitoes, so we swiftly moved to ostrich country. Oudsthoorn is a nice little town, built on the wealth of ostrich feathers. The last big boom came to an end in 1914, so they have now diversified into eating them as well as selling the feathers - a damn fine chilli the mince makes! The area is known as the Little Karoo or desert, as the mountains block the weather fronts coming in from the sea and the fields around town are full of ostriches. The town is full of grand buildings or "feather palaces" as they are known and for the first time so far, you actually feel ... read more
Cango Caves
Cango Caves
Cango Caves

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Oudtshoorn April 8th 2006

Friday we all got up bright and early so we could be out the door at 8am. It ended up being closer to 9am in the end, for all those reasons that sneak up on you when you least expect it. Nick came over, we picked up Morne, and the five of us were off on a car trip. First stop: McDonalds. This by request of Susie, but of course I didn’t object. There is no McDonalds in Plettenberg Bay, nor any closer than the one we ate at, so it was a special treat. (Weird to think that food I never eat at home for a reason becomes a special treat abroad). We had lunch there at 11am and we all ordered exactly the same enormous meal and proceeded onwards to Oudtshoorn, about an hour ... read more
On the road

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