Category Archives: Wildlife

5 Things to Say WOW about Natural South Africa

  • South Africa has one of the oldest meteor scars in the world. The  meteor plummeted to Earth nearly two billion years ago, predating the heady days of oxygen and multi-celled life. The Vredefort Dome was recently declared a World Heritage Site.
  • South Africa is the world’s leader in mining and minerals. It has nearly 90% of the platinum metals on Earth, 80% of the manganese, 73% of the chrome, 45% of the vanadium and 41% of the gold.
  • The world is divided into six floral kingdoms. One of these is located entirely within South Africa. The Cape Floral Kingdom has 9600 plant species, 70% of which are not found anywhere else in the world.
  • South Africa is home to the largest land mammal (Elephant),   smallest mammal (Least Dwarf Shrew), fastest mammal (Cheetah), largest bird (Ostrich) and the largest fish (Whale Shark).
  • The African Black-Footed Penguin, the largest colony of which is found on Dyer Island off the Western Cape, can swim up to 40 kilometres per hour which is faster than the Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin.

5 Things to Say WOW about the Big Five

  • The roar of a male lion can be heard up to a distance of 8 kilometres.
  • Elephants drink about 190 litres of water a day. This is equal to the average daily consumption and usage of an Indian household.
  • Leopards have a special ability of being able to hang upside down from trees.
  • Rhinoceroses have roamed the Earth since the last 50 million years.  That is approximately 50 times older than man.
  • The African Buffalo is considered to be the most dangerous of the Big Five because it is so unpredictable. It gets nervous when not in a herd and attacks at the slightest provocation. And once injured or attacked it never forgives. Some buffaloes have been known to follow hunters who attacked them till the very end.

Once Upon a Time in Knysna…

When you want to savour exotic delicacies, see stunning metropolitan views, or delve into the history of South Africa, you visit Cape Town.

When you want to say “hi” to a lion which is a stone’s throw away from you, you drive to the Kruger National Park.

But when you’ve seen it all, and want to let go and blissfully do nothing as you are surrounded by heavenly natural beauty, you forget the world at Knysna…

Here’s a picture taken in this enchanting town.

knysna

Isn’t that enchanting?

Let’s see what is so beautiful about Knysna…

* The Knysna Lagoon Cruise

As you sit in your boat and stare into the serene peaceful waters, you feel strangely calm and joyful…You spot two stunning sandstone cliffs in the background standing resolute and still and admire them. Then, as you move further on, you see an oyester farm on the coast. And as you stare – you realize that this farm produces some of the best oyesters in the world. As the city of Knysna cruises past you – slowly, you see an orange ball in the distance..the sun, sinking gently into the stillness of the waters…

This is it.

knysna-picture

* The Beaches

Swim, canoe, sail, build sand castles at the Bollard Bay beach. Without the bustle of popular city beaches. Or clamber upon rocks, cool off in little pools and walk along the heavenly coastline at Brenton beach. It is difficult to find a beach where you can go beyond the frenzy of a popular attraction and actually experience the beauty of nature.

You can do that here.

knysna beach

* Knysna Elephant Park

The Knysna elephants are special: they are the southernmost elephants in the world and are part of a touching mission to conserve the elephant population of the Knysna forest.

You can walk through the Knysna forest along with the elephants. Or you can ride them. Or touch them. Or feed them. Photograph them. Connect with them.

Elephants can be warm…

knysna elephants

Why not include such a beautiful place in your itinerary?

Come, visit. Knysna’s calling.

This, might help.