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  • Day7

    Weiter nach Oudtshoorn

    February 26 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Gut gefrühstückt, gehts los zur nächsten Unterkunft. Bei sonnigem Wetter erster Halt an den Dünen von Wilderness, welch ein wunderbarer Küstenabschnitt, weißer Sand im Überfluss. Dann weiter über George ins Landesinnere, vorbei an Bergketten nach Oudtshoorn, langsam wird die Landschaft karger und brauner, nicht mehr so grün wie an der Küste. Oudtshoorn ist die Hochburg der Straussenzucht, erfuhr eine Blütezeit, als die Mode ihre Liebe für gefärbte Straußenfedern entdeckte. Natürlich stand der Besuch einer solchen Farm an, welche sich 14km außerhalb befand. Auf der kleinen Cango Ostrich Farm werden Aufzucht, Züchtung und Verarbeitung der Federn betrieben, werden, ein amüsanter Besuch. Leider auf dem Weg zur Lodge etwas verfahren, schöne Unterkunft mit Blick auf den Swartbergpass, zum Abendessen gab es natürlich Straußenfleisch , köstlich.Read more

  • Day13

    Auf dem Weg nach Oudtshoorn

    February 20, 2018 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Auf dem Weg nach „Straussencity“ erlebten wir wieder unglaubliche Landschaften. Schaut euch doch die Fähre an. Die Männer ziehen sie mit Manpower bis zu 50 mal am Tag über den Fluss.

  • Day80

    Journey to Knysna

    February 12 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    I slept quite well despite the heat of the night, and got up for a hot shower. As I came out to the sink to brush my teeth, one of the hostel's black and white cats was waiting on a stool by the sink and indicated with her head for me to turn the tap on. As I did so she lapped water from the tap - this was an endearing early morning encounter. We then had a very nice cooked breakfast prepared for us and boarded the truck for the next leg of our journey.
    We drove for about 30 minutes and then arrived at Cango caves in the mountains. This is a very ancient set of large caves, the front caverns of which have been occupied by the very earliest hominids and human ancestors as well as many other animals through various climatic conditions. There was a fascinating and well put together exhibition with much information about the caves' living and geological history and I took photos of most of the information boards to read later. We then walked up to the top level of the building to where the entrance to the cave was. We had a humorous and informative guide that took us through the cave network. First there were life size models of an ancestral stone age tribe living and cooking in the cave. The guide showed us an ancient rock painting of an elephant and below a stylised man leaping. Then we moved up to a huge cave chamber and walked down a flight of stairs to reach the chamber floor. After describing some features of the cave with a torch, he flicked a switch and the whole cavern was lit up to reveal its geological treasures. There were curtains of stalactites reaching down from the ceiling and a very tall column where the stalactite had met the stalagmite reaching up. This was called the 'Leaning Tower of Pisa'. On the other side was a huge curtain of white mineralised columns known as the church organ. On another side there was an amazing area of large smoothed, twisted rock which looked like a sculpture with more stalactite curtains at the top. We passed more acropolis pillar sized mineral columns with stalactite curtains before entering the most astonishing chamber which defies description. There was a big concave recess with all manner of mineral formations at the back of the cavern. On the left side there was an enormous column with amazing rock twists and curves forming its sides and a curtain of stalactites around its top. Nearby was another enormous formation of mineral curtains that had combined in a tree canopy like shape which gave the formation its name of the 'Willow Tree'. The willow tree had taken over 1.5 million years to form. This truly was an awe inspiring sight. We moved on to another chamber with big rock formations reaching down to the original floor of the cave which had gaps in the rocks reaching down 15 metres below the floor level. We then entered the penultimate chamber of the tour known as the bridal chamber where smaller columns had formed the vague look of a four posted bridal bed. These were more delicate but equally beautiful formations. We then entered the final chamber of our tour where the adventurous cavers could enter more narrow cave chamber entrances. There was a thin mineral curtain here that was translucent to light and formed a circular shape known as the 'Drum'. The guide pounded his hand on this to create a resonant drumming sound. This cave system was stunning and gave one a sense of the enormous expanses of time taken to form the immense columns and mineral curtains. The stalactites and stalagmites only grow by a couple of millimetres a year in South Africa's dry climate and were therefore all at least hundreds of thousands, if not, millions of years old. It also gave you a sense of the long evolution and countless generations of our hominid ancestors who visited the caves and hunted and gathered in the surrounding valleys and mountains. The climatic changes also caused different animals to occupy the area over time including a now extinct giant zebra.
    We left the caves and drove to a nearby ostrich farm with a visitor centre. The guide told us about how the ostrich provided feathers, meat and leather for the farm. We were shown an egg incubation room and I was actually able to film an ostrich chick hatching. Their large eggs hold the equivalent calories of 24 chicken eggs. We then went outside to view the ostrich on the farm. We met a 'human friendly' ostrich called Betsy. I, and others, were able to give Betsy a 'hug' while it fed as well as feed it from our hands, although I didn't hold my hand straight enough and got a sore beak nip on my fingers. A wild ostrich is not so friendly and can disembowel you with the long nail on one of it's two toes. You can't outrun its 70kph running speed and so have to either climb a tree or lie down on your stomach with your hands behind your neck to survive. The first long section of an ostrich leg is actually still its foot which I hadn't realised.
    We then looked at some Australian emu for comparison and then at an ostrich family of an adult male, female and young ostrich. Finally we entered a seated section by a large pen of adult ostrich. I, and others, were then able to receive what is known as an ostrich 'neck massage' where we held a bucket of feed while a number of ostrich pecked over your neck and shoulders. This was quite a close up experience of these magnificent and unique birds.
    We left the ostrich farm and drove to a nearby supermarket where we bought our lunch and bought in food for our cook group duties for the next two evening dinners and morning breakfasts.
    After lunch we drove on through yet more mountain ranges and down through an impressive mountainous valley back onto flat lands heading towards the coast again. We came to a large lagoon inlet from the sea and turned off into our next campsite with a lovely grassy camping area surrounded by trees and with a view over the lagoon. I pitched my tent overlooking the lagoon where African sacred ibis were feeding Two brown Hadada Ibis also fed for insects on our campground. We then rested up playing football and frisbee until we cooked pesto pasta for dinner. I played 'keepy-upy' football with Grant, Graham and Often which was great fun then chatted with my fellow travellers as darkness descended and the stars came out. We saw a big owl on a nearby fence, shone our torches on it and watched it for several minutes, its large eyes reflecting the torchlight before it flew of with its large, fanned wings. We retired early to our tents as the mosquitoes started biting. I slowly fell asleep with the insect chorus calling all around the tent.
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  • Day42

    Cango Ostrich Farm

    December 15, 2014 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    Heute ist es soweit...Sepp's Herzenswunsch!
    Mit knapp 4 Jahren durfte er nur in Begleitung seiner Mutter, heute will er den Vogel alleine reiten!!! Oudtshoorn ist nämlich vor allem für seine Vogelstrauße bekannt...
    Auf einer Farm können wir Vogelstrauße vom (riesigen) Ei bis zum ausgewachsenen Tier bestaunen.
    Höhepunkt ist der Ritt auf einem Vogel...
    ...aber leider nicht für Sepp, da es eine Gewichtsbegrenzung gibt :-(
    Die Enttäuschung ist natürlich riesengross, aber dafür nimmt Sepp dann alles mit, was man sonst noch mit den Vögeln machen kann:

    Foto1: Sepp lässt sich von einem Vogelstrauß umarmen
    Foto 2: Sepp sitzt auf einem Vogelstrauß
    Foto 3: Sepp bekommt eine "Nackenmassage"

    Wie man sieht hatte er dann doch noch ein bisschen Spaß (und ich auch...)! :-)
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  • Day48

    Garden Route

    November 15, 2016 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    Auch am heutigen Tag fuhren wir entlang der Gardenroute und es ist wirklich eine Gardenroute. So grün, viele Blumen und Bäume und das tolle Wetter heute, einfach super.
    In Knysna besuchten wir die berühmten Heads - das sind die Steilklippen an der Küste, auf welchen es tolle Aussichtspunkte gibt.

    Am frühen Nachmittag machten wir eine Scootertour mit. Mitten im dichten Urwald konnten wir geführt drei tolle Abfahrten mitmachen. Es war voll spassig und ganz was anderes.

    Am Abend, direkt neben der Unterkunft, buchten wir eine Führung auf einer der vielen Straussenfarmen. Wir durften die Tiere streicheln und füttern und haben viel Interessantes erfahren. So zum Beispiel, dass sie bis zu 2km weit sehen können, man 24 Spiegeleier aus einem Straussenei machen kann und dass man sogar auf die Strausseneier draufstehen kann.
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  • Day9

    Oudtshoorn

    March 10, 2018 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Von Mcgregor nach Oudtshoorn
    Die R62 durch die Berge und plötzlich eine Affenfamilie auf der Straße....
    Dann ein "Dreirad" mit 4x4 🤣😂
    Angekommen in Oudtshoorn.
    Die beiden Strausse Emily und George.

  • Day10

    Cango Caves - Tropfsteinhöhle

    March 11, 2018 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Heute morgen haben wir die größte Tropfsteinhöhle Afrikas besichtigt.
    Auf dem Weg Straussenfarmen gesehen.
    Anschließend nur noch faul am Pool.
    Morgen geht's weiter nach Plettenberg Bay.

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