South Africa: I straddled an Ostrich

South Africa, December 2010

We flied from Johannesburg to George where we started our Garden Route of south Africa. Incorporating the picturesque stretch of coastline between Mossel Bay and Nature's Valley, the Garden Route is suitable name for its lush greenery and the vast Tsitsikamma Forest.

From George we headed to the popular town of Knysna which is located on the shores of the Knysna Lagoon - the lagoon is a protected area and is home to over 200 species of fish, including the rare Knysna seahorse.We boarded  to John Benn ship and cruising the lagoon to see the spectacular cliffs at the Knysna Heads which lead out to the Indian Ocean.

flight from Johannesburg to George

Knysna the Lagoon City

beautiful sunset in Knysna

before boarding the John Benn Cruise

cruising the Knysna Lagoon

where to go ? :p

Outdshoorn is a place not to be missed. It's known as the Feather Kingdom because of the ostrich ranch.
We had an ostrich steak for lunch which was super yummy. The meat is very tender and juicy, I'm even drooling just thinking about it now. Actually I did feel guilty because I really like ostrich. They seems clumsy but beautiful nonetheless.
I even tried to ride an ostrich. But the ostrich was not happy being straddled. I think he could smell one of his friends inside my stomach. His neck swerved around, like a preying snake while he tried to throw me off his back :(
Do you know that ostrich egg is very strong? My sister tried standing on it and it didn't break. Apparently
it can support up to 150kgs of weight. And 1 ostrich egg is equivalent to more less 20 chicken eggs.
No wonder they served a giant size plate of scrambled eggs for us.

Ostrich ranch in Oudtshoorn, the Feather Kingdom

pretty ostrich

my sister standing on ostrich eggs

riding an ostrich :p

lunch in Mossel Bay

Diaz's ship. No ! not Cameron Diaz but Batolomeu Diaz who found the southern tip of Africa

the Milk wood tree, used as the first “post office” in southern Africa

Cango Cave
When I found out that we were going to visit Cango Wildlife Ranch, I was super excited ! They have a huge variety of animals, so it's like a heaven to me. I love big cats; lion, cheetah, puma, leopard, Bengal tiger.....all of them. And if you need more adrenalin rush, you can dive with the giant Nile crocodiles in their World First Crocodile Cage Dive

energetic Lemurs

I was so tempted to kidnap those adorable cubs

Meerkat in action

What's your favourite animal ?


  1. itu telor kuat banget yaa sampai di injak begitu masih ngak pecah ????

  2. @cumi: yuppp kuat menahan beban sampai 150 kg :D

  3. soalnya yg nginjek telor yah ga berat2 amat makanya ga pecah lah *pede mode* kakaka...

  4. Looks like you had a fabulous time here with lots of attractions. Ostriches are crazy animals aren't they :-) Your riding one reminds me of seeing Anna of Anna Everywhere giving them a go too.

    I'm interested in hearing that you've been to George. The people I know who have been there rave about the place.

    1. South Africa is just amazing. I'd really love to visit it again one day :D

  5. ya ampuuuun itu Ostrich buku matanya bikin iriiiiiii :D btw mba, kalo telurnya sekeras itu, gmn mrk mecahin cangkangnya utk bikin scrambled egg?

    1. yuk kita cabuti bulu mata si ostrich, biar ga usah beli fake eye lashes :))
      mereka bikin lubang kecil aja di atas, keluarin isinya buat dimasak trus cangkangnya dilukis n dibuat souvenir. Kreatif yaaa :D

  6. waaaah, lemur sama meerkat, pengen banget liat langsung..

    1. mereka itu lucunya kebangetannnn *culik bawa pulang* :p


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