Happy Feet in South Africa

by brian on December 22, 2008

I went up Lion’s Head with Mia the Travel Coordinator at New Backpackers, her friend Tammy, and David, an Aussie vacationing here in South Africa.

Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill are well known for providing scenic climbs to the top.

But no one warned me you had to be part billy goat to do this…

But first, as we were walking up the mountain, we saw this woman paragliding for the first time. The instructor straps to your back and then you take off running down the slope to catch some air.

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Once they get airborne, they are gone into the breeze!

 Happy Feet in South AfricaGetting to the top of Lion’s Head is certainly not impossible but much more difficult if you are out of shape or scared of heights. Fortunately I am neither of these things, nor was anyone else I was traveling with.

It can get quite tricky!

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From left to right – David, Tammy, Brian and Mia at the top of Lion’s Head with Table Mountain in the background

 Happy Feet in South AfricaBut the interesting side trip was going to Boulders Beach, also known as Penguin Beach because it is a nesting ground for African penguins. Who knew Africa had penguins? With it’s close proximity to Antarctica, it does make sense though…

The draw is that you can sit on the beach with the penguins and swim with them. It is pretty much I won’t bother you if you won’t bother me on the beach. The birds are not tame but tolerate the humans among them.
 Happy Feet in South AfricaDon’t let these pictures deceive you. There are thousands of penguins on this beach. This is just one section of beach easily accessible by both man and bird.

And if you stand there among the penguins…dead silence. It is like you’re in the middle of a alien planet.
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Deciding if and how to walk through the penguins to get to where I am. C’mon, don’t be a chicken!

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Posing with the birds

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As for loyal reader “Bonnie”, who wanted a picture of me holding a penguin, your wish was granted. I could not hold a live penguin. They are not tame and one could take your eye out with those sharp beaks. But again I come through for my readers!

Bonnie, you know what you need to do. Take care of it!

 Happy Feet in South Africa

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PrettyGirlWithDimples December 22, 2008 at 9:24 PM

Awww you look sooo cute! I really enjoy your adventures. Living vicariously through you! Thank Thank Thank You sooo much!

Maria in Bridgeport, CT

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Debbie December 23, 2008 at 1:31 AM

awww I want a penguin!!

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Thais December 23, 2008 at 5:18 PM

Nice Bri! The things you come up with for your readers… Awesome!

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Thais December 23, 2008 at 5:20 PM

I want to parasail and tandem jump… You should do it, Brian! If not now, then when??

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Bathabile December 25, 2008 at 7:53 AM

Merry Christmas! And thank you for your reportage on the most beautiful country on earth (no biases, obviously! :) ). I hope you are able to head north to Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park. God’s Window is spectacular and the Loskop Dam is a beautiful sight. If you do head up that way, would you stop by my cousin’s place in Witbank and say hello? You could also say hi to my Aunt in Middleburg then stop by my parent’s house, just up the road :) .

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brian December 26, 2008 at 2:08 AM

@Maria
You’re welcome!

@Debbie
There are plenty to choose from, though the South African police might have a problem with you taking one out of the country.

@Thais
I have. That is a whole other story…

@Bathabile
No time to head up north. Wish I did. Wish I had more time at all the places I’ve visited.

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