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Jul 12, 2016 - Oudtshoorn to Knysna -including Robyn's birthday

On Monday we left Hermanus and went to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point of the African continent. Robyn and I climbed up the lighthouse and had an amazing view of the meeting of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. I know I'd said we saw the meeting of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans at the Cape Peninsula... but I was wrong. Cape Agulhas is the real meeting point of the oceans. From Hermanus we drove through a beautiful mountain pass (Robertson Pass) and into the ostrich farming capital of the world - Oudtshoorn. We stayed at a quaint old...

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Feb 18, 2016 - "I'm so sorry; I just can't stop crying!!!!"

I don't think Garry expected the reaction/emotion/outcome of today's events... We decided to do a drive through the Swartberg Mountains over the Swartberg Pass to eventually end up in Prince Albert for lunch. But first, Garry had a small surprise for us. We stopped in at the Chandelier Private Game Reserve. As we were driving in, all the signs indicated we were pulling up to an ostrich farm!! Awesome!! I was going to finally get close and personal with them!! We parked, started walking into the reserve and I turned the corner and froze....

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Feb 16, 2016 - Caves and ostriches!! And baby cheetahs! And elephants!!!

When Garry said there was 150% chance of us seeing ostrich on this trip, he wasn't kidding!! He forgot to include elephants, meerkats, cheetahs, giraffes, .... ;) The ostrich in this region are awesome. On the drive to Oudtshoorn we saw SO many, which were giant and beautiful. Some of the male ostrich that have never had their feathers plucked are simply majestic! These creatures are not as friendly as I expected, but still fun to watch (especially when they run!) & extremely soft to touch. Those feathers are incredible - they make most...

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Feb 11, 2016 - Our drive to George, South Africa

Driving from Montagu through the Western Cape on Route 62 we came across the best little 'shop' in the middle of nowhere. Literally - nothing nearby and in a drought-ridden area was Ronnie's Sex Shop! I had to laugh - it was the most awesome unscheduled stop in the middle of the desert. Apparently Ronnie (who was there today!) opened up this little shop originally called Ronnie's Shop as a stop for anyone needing a coffee or drink or snack while driving through the desert. But business was slow & he wasn't getting a lot of visitors so one...

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Jan 11, 2016 - Ostrich Farm

Barrydale to Oudsthoorn (pronounced oatswerren) Some 2 hours drive along the R62 through picturesque open countryside and surrounded by mountainous ridges is Oudsthoorn. This area is famous for Ostrich Farms so we stopped at one a little way out of town for a tour. This one was called Safari Ostrich Show Farm on the south side of town. They have 1800 hectares with 1500 ostriches. There were several types but mainly the Zimbabwe Blue which is better for its meat over the South African and Kenyan Red ostriches. Originally bred for their...

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Nov 17, 2015 - Wine, Caves, & Skal

STELLENBOSCH, FRANSCHHOEK, OUDTSHOORN, & PLETTENBERG BAY NOV. 12-18 Well, we drank the wine farms dry in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek – no different than our previous trips to Australia and California. We didn’t know a lot about South African wine…but have far greater appreciation for their quality of wines…. and the prices are fantastic. Also, as always, our wonderful travel experience in Africa has had so much to do with Skal friends. Lavonne Wittman, who lives in Stellenbosch and is a director on the Executive of Skal International, was...

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Mar 9, 2015 - Africa's Changing Landscape

It's Monday, which means we've been travelling for a whole week now. Hard to believe we said goodbye to snow and cold 7 days ago! Today was a day of driving through the most beautiful but constantly changing landscape, from the lush and mountainous wine producing area, through a mountain pass into the apple growing area where we saw orchards of Pink Lady and Granny Smith apples being harvested. We haven't mentioned it, but we are at the end of the South African summer. Over another mountain pass and we were into the expansive wheat growing...

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Mar 29, 2013 - Oudtshoorn

Yesterday we travelled over the Outeniqua Pass to the Cango Caves, these are one of the 7 wonders of Africa.They were quite spectacular. We then went to the Ostrich farm which was quite interesting even got to sit on an ostrich put definitely did not want to ride one! Even thou they demonstrated how they raced them. Today after a long drive we arrived in Capetown, Table mountain was clear but it was blowing a 40km/hr gale so the cablecar was shutdown. We went out to a nice thai restaurant in Seapoint tonight. We now have three days to...

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Dec 24, 2011 - Cango Caves

Traveling crosscountry by car gave me a chance to see the varying landscape of South Africa. Like America, all different types of ecosystems are represented. I started out in the tropical area around St Lucia, hit an Alpine-type region in Drakensberg, saw the sea coast and then even encountered a very arid region known as the Little Karoo. The Little Karoo is the region around Oudtshoorn and is so named because it's similar to, but smaller in scope, than it's much larger cousin to the north---the Great Karoo. Both of these regions are...

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Overlanding Africa

Nov 28, 2010 - Going along the Garden Route......

Next stop on the Garden Route...Oudtshoorn (after three nights there, we are still not pronouncing it correctly in Africaans). It is the ostrich capital of the world. When the feathers were at a premium, many made their millions and then built 'feather palaces' -large mansions. On the drive there, we went up and up and round and round, through the mountain passes that are geological and engineering masterpieces...we were awestruck by the scenery and glad we were not driving, so we could just gawk out the window. We landed at the hostel...

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Nov 16, 2010 - Knysna to Oudtshoorn

We arrived in Oudtshoorn early in the afternoon. The drive today took us from Knysna to Oudtshoorn. I'm going to back track a bit because this is one of the few times that I have some time to do some writing. It's 5 PM now and we meet again at 6 for dinner. The guesthouse in Knysna was very nice -- in fact each of the places we have stayed has been nice. Each one a bit different -- some with more "stars" than others but all staffed with efficient, smiling folks. The people in the hospitality industry take their jobs to heart and will do...

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Jul 1, 2010 - Into the wild

I awoke at 8:00am to a ghostly mist in front of my face. My breath was materializing right before my thanks to the temperature in the tent. I had to piss like a race horse but my survival instinct kept me from venturing outside the warm cocoon of blankets and sweats. Finally, around 9:15am, the sun came high enough in the sky to warm things up and I was finally free from my icy prison. Already dressed, Romi and I literally rolled out of bed and went to breakfast. No sooner had I digested the hearty homemade omelet than the fun began. First...

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