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Oct 16, 2007 - Auf zum Cape Agulhas und über die Route 62 nach Oudtshoorn

Nach einem weiteren feinen Morgenessen mit Meersicht fuhren wir zunächst nach Hermanus an der Küste. Dort waren wiederum Wale zu sehen, nur leider etwas zu weit draussen. Weiter gings dann ebenfalls alles der Küste entlang, etwas ins landesinnere, über Schotterpisten und Umfahrungen bis wir endlich am Cape Agulhas ankamen. Das ist der richtige und offiziell südlichste Punkt des afrikanischen Kontinents. Eingebettet in dramatische Felsformationen ist das ein herrlicher Ort um ein wenig zu verweilen, insbesondere weil es ein bisschen weiter...

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Oct 2, 2007 - Oudtshoorn - Cango Caves and Cango Wildlife Ranch

We decided another early start was needed so we agreed to meet for breakfast at 7.30am. We were all up early as we wanted to take photos of the lovely views from outside our rooms. We got to the dining room to a full buffet breakfast laid out with a chef on standby to cook the eggs - was more promising than dinner! Breakfast was good apart from the stale croissants! Can't complain really as mine and mum's room and dinner for all 4 of us and the wine came to a grand total of £74! The the car loaded up again we set off for the Cango Caves....

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Sep 14, 2007 - Oudtshoorn

Hi everyone After we left the beautiful coast in Wilderness we headed inland to the ostrich capital of Africa, a town called Oudtshoorn. They farm ostrich here, the main product is the meat, tastes abit like beef but alot less fatty! They are everywhere in the fields, its really funny to see them instead of cows like at home and they are huge and very stupid!!! We have spent 2 days here and we have had a such a great time. Of course we went to an ostrich farm where we were told everything there is to know about the big birds. We even...

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Dec 30, 2006 - Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Back in 1993, we were introduced to a sister of one of Mom and Dad's friends who had immigrated to Canada from South Africa. I called her Aunt Debbie, and for most of the year, we got to spend a lot of time together, forming a great friendship. Therefore, we were all very excited to be heading to Port Elizabeth (PE), where she lived with her husband (then boyfriend) Nicky and their two daughters Tara and Georgia. Our plan was to spend Christmas and New Year's with them as well as do a little exploring in the area. Dad decided to drive there...

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May 22, 2006 - Oudtshoorn

THE CANGO CAVES Still on our way to Oudtshoorn, we went to the Cango Caves. Thinking it was like the caves in Oregon, Mieke was prepared with an extra shirt. But it turned out it was very hot with 90%-100% humidity. Marilyn didn't think she was going to make it, as there was a lot of walking up and down and she was exhausted. But Mieke enjoyed it immensely. The rock formations were spectacular. Unfortunately Mieke's camera ran out of juice and the batteries had been left in the car, so she only got one picture in the cave....

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May 10, 2006 - Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn is famous for its ostrichs and apparently there are more ostrichs then people there. I had gone there as I had heard you could ride one and so I found myself leaving the backpacker bus and getting into the hostel pick up truck that was going to take me the 60km inland to the town. The driver was an old black guy called Moses and there were some interesting moments as we drove at breakneck speed along winding mountain roads while he smoked and gestured wildly to illustrate whatever point he was making. On arriving at the hostel I...

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Mar 31, 2006 - Ostrich pate anyone?

The day started in cold fog as we left the seashore and headed into the mountains. Every so often we passed a picnic area and our fellow travelers stopping to stretch their legs. Our gas stop made us reminisce as our wind shield was cleaned and the attendant offered to check the oil. He even took our cash and ran into the station and brought us change. When we arrived in Oudtshoorn, our final destination, the route listed in our logbooks was blocked off. Although Easter is over two weeks away and the holiday season has begun. Oudtshoorn is...

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Feb 23, 2006 - Car Karma

Car Karma works like this: We're all set to leave the nature reserve in the am, car is packed, boys are set in their seats, car does not turn on. We try to jump the battery to no avail, the car is officially dead in the middle of nowhere (one hour drive on a gravel road and two more hours to Cape Town), we need serious help with none in sight. The Eurocar 24 hour roadside assistance program is not answering the phone (so much for Euro service). Jodi and the boys race off to the beach to distract themselves while I sit around the cabin...

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The Travellin Ts

Sep 14, 2005 - Serious wildlife!

Monday developed well; took a stroll along the coast at Mossel Bay, had a picnic on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic, then back to the hostel for a taxi off to a private game reserve. 2500 hectares of hills, saw giraffes, rhino & buffalo as we hacked around on quad bikes! Between the four of us we broke two of them, just being boys and racing around. Photos can't do the scenery justice, so I've just snapped the animals. Once we get bored of spotting the wildlife, a new game of driving through the biggest pile of dung so it's flung...

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Aug 18, 2005 - South Africa - Oudtshoorn

Normally we would stay away from wildlife parks resembling a zoo seeing as we're on a continent with more 'wild' wildlife than you can shake a stick at, but the Cango Wildlife park promised more than we'd ever find ourselves. Specifically the White Bengal Tigers which apparently you are not going to see anywhere in the wild anymore. They certainly are beautifull, as were the baby cheetahs that are part of the breeding & research program in S.A. After that it really was a zoo... Kevin woke up sick next morning so Leesa and Becky did the...

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Jul 16, 2005 - Wilderness updated

After such a hectic night we certainly did not want to get up and drive all day, but at this point we really had no choice. We packed up the night before so we were able to just grab a bite to eat and head off. We had a nice drive and I enjoyed chatting to Jacobus and Charlie as the scenery flew by. We drove all day and it just about killed me to see so much coastline and not be able to jump out for a swim. It wasn't until about 9:00pm that we rolled up in wilderness (Mike's uncles place), and we were all exhausted from spending the entire...

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Life Abroad

Jun 24, 2005 - Oudtshoorn, South Africa

"Anyone who sees beauty and does not look at it will soon be poor." - YORUBA PEOPLE - The bike ride from the Cango Caves was awesome, 30kms of trickling streams, green pastures, Ostrich farms and small pretty communities. The is a very chilled town where the push bike pace is appropriate, well other than on Friday nights here! That was a pretty big night. The Wilderness Wildlife Park was filled with Cheetahs, White Bengal Tigers, Lions and Lionesses, Puma and Crocs. Some animals from home were there also, some Wallabies and Emus. As much...

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