South Africa – Final impression

South Africa

A “South African month” on my blog is almost over.
How did you like it?
Would you like to visit South Africa?

South Africa is a large country and there are still many great regions I didn’t have time to visit (e.g., famous Kruger National Park), hopefully, one day…

And tomorrow, a new adventure will start. πŸ™‚
Stay tuned!

South Africa – Local “pigeons”

Cape weaver bird, West Coast National Park, South Africa

Of course, it’s not a pigeon in today’s picture. Just, this name came to my mind, while waiting for lunch and observing these cute yellow birds. Like pigeons are so common in many places in the world, in that area, I saw plenty of these birds flying between tables, trying to steal some food or begging for leftovers. For me, all pigeons could look like that. πŸ˜€

p.s. Who knows the name of this cutie?
EDIT – Thank you for telling me the name of the bird, it’s a Cape weaver bird! πŸ™‚

South Africa – West Coast National Park

West Coast National Park, South Africa

West Coast National Park is another place worth visiting, especially when you stay in nearby Cape Town.
West Coast is a very nice area, with many hiking paths, as well as cycling options, bird watching etc. Doing “nothing” is also possible here. πŸ˜‰

South Africa – Camdeboo National Park

Valley of Desolation, Camdeboo National Park, South Africa

The Camdeboo National Park is located in the Karoo area, nearby the town of Graaff-Reinet.
And both, the park and the city – are tourist attractions.

The Camdeboo National Park is the most famous from the Valley of Desolation (seen in today’s picture).

And, Graaff-Reinet is one of the oldest cities in South Africa. It was founded by the Dutch East India Company and named after the wife of governor of Cape Colony – Reinet van de Graaff.
p.s. Don’t miss the Dutch Reformed Church in Graaff-Reinet.

South Africa – Karoo National Park

Karoo National Park, South Africa

I remember well entering the Karoo National Park. The friendly older ranger greeted us and told us basic information about the park. I liked a lot the picture of a colorful lizard that he showed us so I really wanted to spot it in the park. And we were lucky, so here it is – in today’s photo. πŸ™‚ I know, it’s not a lion… πŸ˜‰

The Karoo National Park is a wildlife reserve in the Great Karoo.
Some of the animals you may find in the Karoo National Park are:
-springbok
-greater kudu
-gemsbok
-zebra
-buffalo
-red hartebeest
-jackal
-rhinoceros
-eagles
and many more.

South Africa – Birds

African Spoonbill, South Africa

If you like observing birds – South Africa is for you.
I saw many kinds of birds in South Africa, big and small ones, raptors, flamingos, penguins, ostrich, etc.

For the first time in my life, I met there a beautiful African spoonbill (today’s photo).
There are a few kinds of spoonbills living in different places in the world. All of them have large, flat bills – what makes them look very unique and kind of cute. πŸ™‚

Have you ever seen a spoonbill, or maybe they live in your area?

South Africa – Garden Route

Garden Route National Park, South Africa

The Garden Route National Park is another area I had a chance to visit in South Africa.
It consists of a few beautiful parks, like the Knysna National Lake Area, Tsitsikamma National Park, Wilderness National Park, Soetkraal Wilderness and Conservation Area, and the Robberg and Goukamma Nature Reserves.

Is it worth visiting?
-Absolutely!
(It’s not a β€œwild Africa”, but it’s a truly lovely area!)

South Africa – African Elephant

African Elephant, Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

In Addo Elephant National Park, I saw plenty of large African elephants. My camera stayed quite busy there and for sure, I took too many pictures of elephants. πŸ™‚ It was very nice to observe them there, especially their social life!

I think, observing wild animals is always a great experience.

South Africa – Addo Elephant National Park

Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

If you love elephants or you’re just nearby Port Elizabeth in South Africa – visit Addo Elephant National Park.

As the park’s name says, you can easily see there elephants, elephants, and elephants. It’s also very likely to spot e.g., Cape buffalo, zebra, warthog and red hartebeest. When you look careful, you may see the flightless dung beetle; and if you’re lucky you may even spot a lion!
(I wasn’t that lucky in Addo Elephant National Park, but still, I had a very nice day.)

South Africa – African Penguin

African Penguin, South Africa

African penguins can be seen in a few places in South Africa (in wild). The best known is Boulders Beach (Boulders Bay) located nearby Cape Town.

You may wonder, how can it be that penguins live in a hot place like Africa. Well, more important for penguins is the ocean temperature and the amount of penguin’s favorite food.

Unfortunately, the population of African penguins is decreasing. πŸ™
If you want to learn something about these cute penguins or maybe adopt one (!) – check the website of the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB).

South Africa – Table Mountain

Table Mountain, South Africa

Table Mountain (1084.6 m) is an iconic site of Cape Town.
You can hike to the top or take a cable car (hiking is not the best option when it’s very hot…).

Table Mountain forms part of the Table Mountain National Park. It’s a lovely area! Other famous sites, e.g., Boulders Beach, Cape Point, or the Cape of Good Hope, also belong to the Table Mountain National Park; so it’s definitely a place you have to visit while being in Cape Town!
Besides the scenic views, it’s likely to meet variety of wild animals, e.g., baboons, ostrich, penguins, and more.

South Africa – Cape Town

Western Cape province, South Africa

I think, many tourists fly to Johannesburg and then they visit the Kruger National Park. I haven’t been to that part of South Africa, yet. I took a flight to Cape Town, because my friends lived there that time. I wasn’t really impressed by the city, but I loved the region! Mountains, coast, ocean, penguins, etc., – stunning nature! I can definitely recommend you the Western Cape province.

South Africa – Capital

South Africa

Do you know what’s the capital of South Africa?
Well, it’s a bit tricky question.
My answer is Pretoria, but in fact, South Africa has three capitals:
-Pretoria (executive)
-Bloemfontein (judicial)
-Cape Town (legislative)

p.s. I have no picture from Pretoria – so I’m showing you today a random nature photo. πŸ™‚

South Africa – Tourism

Western Cape province, South Africa

South Africa is a popular tourist destination. However, a safety may be an issue here… Some parts of South Africa are quite safe, but others can be very dangerous – so be careful!
I didn’t have any problems in South Africa, but heard different stories from tourists as well from locals…

Anyway, the nature is really impressive in South Africa!

South Africa – Ugly Five

Warthog, Addo NP, South Africa

If you’re not lucky to spot all members of the Big Five, you can try to search for the “Ugly Five”. πŸ˜‰
The Ugly Five is considered as the ugliest animals found in Africa. Well, obviously they are not extra pretty, but searching for them and observing their behavior is also nice!

Ugly Five animals are:
-hyena
-marabou stork
-warthog
-wildebeest
-vulture.

South Africa – Big Five

Garden Route, South Africa

“Big Five” refers to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt (so-called “big five game”). This name was also adopted by wildlife guides, so tourists often talk about “big five” meaning 5 big animals they hope to see. Of course, I just wanted to see the animals, not hunt them!

Big five animals are:
-African lion
-African elephant
-Cape buffalo
-African leopard
-rhinoceros.

South Africa – Nature

Graaff Reinet, South Africa

Nature is usually a reason for visiting South Africa, and it’s the perfect reason! πŸ™‚
Stunning landscapes, plenty of animals and plants – a paradise for nature lovers. πŸ™‚

While entering national parks in South Africa, you get kind of leaflet/map with information about wildlife in a given area. There are pictures and names of animals and plants, so you know what you can find there and then better remember everything. That’s a great thing! πŸ™‚