Trip Start Sep 09, 2009
Trip End Dec 18, 2009

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Carmel Christian Lodge and Conference Center

Flag of South Africa  , Western Cape,
Sunday, November 29, 2009

First of all, today is a little bit scary because it marks the last month of my teen years! L Today we started at the Cango Caves where we went on a tour that involved crawling in very tight and small places but I thought it was so much fun! The caves were really cool and in this one huge chamber they used to have concerts! But there was this one in particular the post box I think or maybe it was the devil's chimney I can’t remember but it was so small and you had to crawl up it but it was really cool. Thank you Zach for letting me borrow the headlamp! It came in handy today. The cave tour took about 2 hours or so then we went to the Cango Wildlife Reserve I believe it was called. Here we got to walk though animal exhibits and it was really cool because instead of just looking at it from the outside they made it so you could walk through the exhibits but still be safe. So we saw crocodiles, pygmy hippos, flamingos, lemurs, Bengal tigers, white Bengal tigers, white lions, meer cats, wallabies, and cheetahs among some others. Seeing all the big cats was realy cool! We walked on platfroms over their exhibits. They had a place you could pet cheetahs too but I think we are waiting till Cape Town to do that. The tigers were so big and probably my favorite. The meer cats a.ka. Timon were SO CUTE! I could watch them all day they were great!

           While we were waiting for our food to come at the restaurant they had a place you could pet and feed wallabys! So we wandered over there and I fed this wallaby and pet him and he kept licking my hand! It was so fun! Then a few of us went to check out these really cool parrots and as we were taking pictures of it I noticed he kept moving and stuff and in my head I was thinking , he is going to poop, and sure enough all of a sudden pooo just shoots out and almost gets us ! We could not stop laughing though lol. Finally our food got there and Allison and I had decided to get a croc roll and an ostrich roll then split them so we could try both. Ostrich tastes a lot like beef surprisingly and crocodile had a texture and taste that is in between fish and chicken I felt like. After lunch we headed out to our next and final stop for the day, the ostrich farms!

            We began our ostrich tour by holding and standing on real ostrich eggs which can hold up to 120 kgs I think she said, possibly more. 1 kg btw is equal to 2.2 pounds so that’s quite a bit! As we were walking over to the coral where we were going to ride ostriches this one ostrich in the field was going nut! Britni and I were laughing so hard bcecasue it was just running around for no reason and it was so hysterical, the bird looked insane! Lol So next we got to have 15 peolple sit on the ostriches and then 7 ride… well I for sure wanted to ride and thank Jesus I was able to be one of the 7. It was the funniest thing riding the ostrich! You hold onto its wings and then like lean back and it was just so funny, i think the creatures themselves are just a riot. OH! And Britni was on her ostrich and it fell down and so she was still on top of it and she looked so confused at what was going on and the guide is trying to get her safe of the bird so she doesn’t get hurt and just picks her off of it but it was pretty hilarious. She just had this look on her face and once she was safe we all had a good laugh.

            The 3 guides then went to this little ostrich racing track and raced and that was pretty funny as well. Then we went and saw what they could use their feathers and eggs for, the egg incubator, and then we fed them! I of course found this humorous too. The way they ate the corn out of your hand was their head just comes over the fence and practically dives into your hand and you feel their beak hit your hand and they just grab all the corn.

            Once we finished with the ostriches it was back to the bus to go back to Carmel again where we arrived just in time for dinner once again. Afterwards we had a chapel where Reg spoke on the authority of scipture and how we can know it is true and without error and I really enjoyed that. So in one day I got to crawl through some caves, pet a wallaby, eat ostrich and crocodile, ride an ostrich, and feed an ostrich. I’d say it was a pretty good day :) Tomorrow it is off to Cape Town!
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Angela on

Great adventure and really a nice post! George and Oudshoorn sound really cool! I have only spent some time in Cape Town, South Africa but I'm keen to do a trip up the Garden Route and hopefully also visit Cango Caves. I found Cape Town very beautiful and relaxing. I love playing golf and Cape Town have really great golf courses especially The River Club which has a mashie golf course. It's really fun, especially if you don';t have all day to play a full round of golf.

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