Category: Wildlife

Friends with Benefits

Where you’ll find one, you’ll find the other. It’s no coincidence that the zebra and wildebeest are BFFs. They naturally protect and provide for each other.

Both zebras and wildebeests are grazers, which means the diets of both species consist of grass. Yet they are never in competition for food. That’s because the wildebeest’s mouth is shaped to allow it to grip the shoots of short grass. The zebra, however, prefers chowing down on the longer grass, chomping it down to the ideal length for the wildebeest to easily be able to savor.

 

Why Hippos Don’t Eat Fish: An African Folktale

Hippos

When God was giving each animal a place in the world, the pair of hippos begged to be allowed to live in the cool water which they so dearly loved. God looked at them, and was doubtful about letting them live in the water: their mouths were so large, their teeth so long and sharp, and their size and appetites were so big, He was afraid that they would eat up all the fish.

Kudos to the Kudu!

Kudu

Did you know? Legend has it that the kudu is God’s favorite antelope! After creating the very first kudu, God held its face in His hands, looked into its eyes and exclaimed, “You are SO beautiful!” and kissed the kudu smack on the nose! And that’s why the kudu bears the fingerprints of God. You can see them on the sides of every kudu’s face.

The Marine Big 5

Dolphins in False Bay - Photo by: Jan Fleischmann

Many people go to South Africa in search of the Big 5… the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo. But have you heard of The Marine Big 5? They are just as intriguing. Mighty whales, toothy sharks and playful seals, penguins and dolphins that live in the country’s coastal waters make up this captivating bunch.

CNN Recommends South Africa

CNN Recommends South Africa - The Place To Holiday

While the Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, CNN is recommending South Africa as THE place to holiday.

Titled 23 beautiful reasons to visit South Africa CNN’s post features a slideshow of spectacular images that celebrate what they consider to be the best places to see in the Rainbow Nation.

Paying Tribute To The Past

Nobel Peace Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, coined the term “Rainbow Nation” to capture the extraordinary diversity of races, tribes, creeds and landscape that characterizes modern South Africa. Getting to know South Africa’s amazing people may be the most enduring memory of any visit.

South Africa’s varied museums are a good place to get a feel for the history of the country and learn more about what makes the people here so special. Here is just a sampling that highlights a few of the country’s many outstanding museums.

Paying Tribute To The Past

South Africa is Always in Season

South Africa is Always in Season

The best time to go to South Africa? Anytime between January and December! South Africa has a delightfully temperate climate year-round, so your decision about when to go should rather be based on the types of experiences you would like to have.

Don’t Fence Me In

Elephants Walking

If wild animals could sing, they might just be found bellowing the lyrics of this classic Cole Porter song:

Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above, don’t fence me in…

Wildlife needs a whole lot of room to roam. This is especially important during migration, when they trek great distances to find food, water and safe areas to birth and care for their little ones. In the case of the African elephant, their “little ones” are about 200 pounds when born.

Whale Watching in Hermanus

Whale Watching in Hermanus

Did you hear a very large splash? You bet you did! Your Cape Town Experience includes the thrilling spectacle of whale watching in Hermanus, the Whale Watching Capital of the World. Whale watching in Hermanus is a close encounter of the Hermanus kind, where people and our marine visitors get to know each other up close and personal.