We had a 12 hour layover at the Ethiopian airport. We anticipated to be waiting inside the airport, but during our flight there the flight crew informed us that we had a hotel stay booked. Even got dinner and breakfast for free. Lovely surprise.
View of Ethiopia from the hotel room. Unfortunately only saw Ethiopia from my shuttle to and from the airport.
Our boarding ticket stated gate 15. Gate 15 did not exist. Ended up at gate 5 with crazy chaos of everybody trying to go through security check twice and hoarding at the gates.
First Wild Penguin
The first wild penguin I saw. Pretty exciting moment. (Betty's Bay)
Betty's Bay is an hour away from Cape Town. Lovely spot, if the weather wouldn't have blessed us with rain, we would have stayed longer.
Fun way to remind people (Betty's Bay).
These penguins have an awesome name: jackass penguins. Why? Because their calls sound like donkeys.
Baby penguin in the process of sheading its feathers. The remaining feathers look like it has a mohawk.
Hundreds of Penguins
There are hundrets of penguins at Betty's Bay.
Lucky shot. Not only does the contrast and the main penguin placement look good, but there is also a jumping penguin in the water. (Betty's Bay)
Baboons on the side of the road from Betty's Bay back to Strands. One was wearing a collar.
The windy road from Betty's Bay to Strands offers many scenic viewpoints easy to park at.
Sunset at Strands
Strolling on the empty beach in Strands and attempting at a worthy capture of the sunset.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
A huge botanical garden where you can spend hours and even go for a long walk. They have various sections: scent, dinosaurs, annual flowers, sculpture garden, etc.
Standing on the bridge in Kirstenbosch botanical garden. The staff is proud of this bridge and points it out as a highlight. Great views of the park and Cape Town from here.
Delicious bunny chow in Cape Town. I suggest to split one with someone if you can.
Bicycle Ride In Oudtshoorn
Rode a bicycle from the hostel to the ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn. Roughly an hour ride one way.
Learned lots about ostriches at the farm. Example: their meat is lean, but their eggs are rich in fat. Even got to ride an ostrich. (Oudtshoorn)
Ostrich eggs need to withstand the body weight of the birds. Don't do this with high heels. (Oudtshoorn)
Beach at Plettenberg Bay
This is a good spot to view whales. I got a short glimpse of one, but not enough to make the encounter count.
Bungee jumped from the highest commercial bungee jumping bridge in the world. (Plettenberg Bay)
Opening and Closure Time
I love the time the pie store opens and closes. They make delicious, idividual pies, mostly non dessert. (Plettenberg Bay)
Prego is apparently thin cut meat, usually steak. (Plettenberg Bay)
They call eggplant "aubergine" in Plettenberg Bay.
Saw a hippopotamus during a safari at a reserve. We were standing on a hill. Hippos can't jump. So at least we would have gotten a head start if it started charging at us. (Plettenberg Bay)
Two white rhinos at the reserve. One way to differentiate white rhinos from other rhinos is by the color of their tongues. (Plettenberg Bay)
Playful Baby Elephant
This elephant just wanted to play. (Plettenberg Bay)
I was surprised how much the zebras can help the ecosystem. (Plettenberg Bay)
Giraffes can't put their head down/lay down for long periods of time because the pressure buildup on their brain would kill them. (Plettenberg Bay)
I first spotted only one crocodile until I realized how well they were camouflaged and suddenly the count increased to six. (Plettenberg Bay)
These wild dogs were teasing the cheetahs and lions next to them in the other larger enclosures on the reserve. (Plettenberg Bay)
These male cheetahs couldn't have cared less about the teasing of the wild dogs.
Cute observing the lions cleaning each other. (Plettenberg Bay)
The lions charged at the wild dogs, but had to stop at the fence. (Plettenberg Bay)
Museum at the Cradle of Human Kind
A small museum before heading out into the caves. The displays are interesting to look at. Takes 30- 40 min to read and look at everything. (Johannesburg)
At the Cradle of Human Kind caves
This statue is of the guy who found the most amount of fossils at this site. He dedicated his life to his work. You rub the statue nose for luck, or the hands for wisdom. You may only pick one.