The bus from Namibia down to Cape Town felt quite luxurious – a seat each, a distinct lack of goats onboard….and a telly. Unfortunately the telly meant 26 long hours of The God Channel. Every day Africa came up with a new way to test the patience. In a stroke of luck, I met a fellow kiwi at Cape Town’s Green Elephant hostel with a spare ticket to the NZ-Slovakia football match; bingo! We decided to road-trip along the Garden Route for a few days before the game.
Lightning had struck the mountains in Betty’s Bay one night, lighting up the hills behind our backpackers like a Christmas tree.
Although they are officially protected, baboons are considered a pest in many parts of Africa. A man in Betty’s Bay told us a wee tale about how he came home one day to find that a baboon had broken into his house. It had smashed or eaten everything in its path. He grabbed his shotgun (which just happened to be nearby) and killed it. Not knowing how to dispose of the evidence, he grabbed the box which had held his new TV, put the baboon in it and drove to the local pub. Leaving the box on the back of his ute, he strolled inside for a beer. About 20 minutes later he came back out, the box had been nicked and he went home carefree.
The waters off Gaansbaai on the southern coast of Africa are a regular stomping ground for great white sharks. They like this part of the ocean due to the number of seal and penguin colonies. This juvenile great white eyeballed me from less than 30cm away when I went under the water in a cage; but it was during the boat trip back that things started to get scary. Huge swells, the boat tipping side to side, people throwing up, and everyone onboard aware that just down there in the water were rather a lot of sharks…
Having never seen a rock hyrax or ‘dassie’ before, I was suprised to hear that they are related to elephants. We got to have a closer look at a skeleton, and sure enough there are little tusks! Also interesting to note is that dassies produce large amounts of hyraceum (sticky mass of dung and urine) which has been used in the treatment of several medical disorders including epilepsy and convulsions.
White rhinos in Pilansburg Park north of Rustenburg. Back to Home
The whole of Africa was behind Ghana at the World Cup; they became continental heroes. Central Johannesburg this day was no exception. All ages braved the cold to watch a Ghana-Australia showdown on the big screen.
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