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My travel report – Part 5 – Route 62, Klein Karoo, Cango Caves, Ostriches and Knysna

My travel report

Impressions from the Cape – Part 5

Route 62, Klein Karoo, Cango Caves, Ostriches and Knysna

By Ralph Kratzer

Editor´s note: To remember the first four parts of my travelogue – click Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 or Part 4.


Route 62

What the legendary Route 66, “the Mother of Roads”, means to Americans, is Route 62 for the South Africans, especially the inhabitants of the Cape provinces. This scenic road starts in Cape Town and winds its way through some breathtaking scenery, either bendy over high mountains or then in contrast straight as a ruler for miles and miles through vast plains. Parts of Route 62 are the “Wine Route“, the route through the semi-desert of the “Klein Karoo” (Little Karoo) and the “Garden Route“. After 850 kilometres the famous road ends in Port Elizabeth. Route 62 is popular both for locals (specifically motorcyclists) and tourists who are able to see and experience a lot of different things along the picturesque route.

In the morning we set out from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn, the most important town in the “Klein Karoo” and also known as “the world´s capital of ostriches”.


Klein Karoo

After driving on the Wine Route, which we had already partially enjoyed on our trip to Stellenbosch (see last part of my travelogue), the landscape changes almost instantly when the Klein Karoo begins. What was in “The Winelands” predominantly lush green vegetation, now becomes the admirable rough beauty of a semi-desert. Rugged mountain landscapes alternate with the sparse vegetation of seemingly endless plains. Until we finally arrived in Oudtshoorn we hardly saw human settlements in this region.

With its 60,000 inhabitants Oudtshoorn is the largest city in the Klein Karoo. The citizens live mainly on ostrich farming and nowadays more and more on tourism.

Cango Caves

Cango Caves

That´s mainly because apart from the ostriches there is another frequently visited tourist attraction here, the Cango Caves at the foot of the “Swartberg” range.

The complex cave system extends over a length of four kilometres, but only a quarter of the whole labyrinth is open to visitors, who can admire this natural wonder on guided tours.

On the day after arriving in Oudtshoorn a visit to the caves was the first item on the agenda.

We then made our way to one of the many ostrich farms in the region.

Ostrich Feather Hat

Fashion of this time

We learned that Oudtshoorn became econonically important for the first time when the fashion for women demanded a plethora of ostrich feathers in the late 19th and early 20th Century. According to the explanations of our tour guide on the farm the animals were not killed, but the feathers were cut off and grew back again.

Nowadays ostrich feathers and leather are only by-products, because the global demand for ostrich meat increases more and more, as it has the reputation of being low in fat and cholesterol and also very tasty.

male ostrich

male ostrich

After the tour through the farm and the opportunity to ride on one of the mighty birds (not for me, the weight limit for ostrich riders is 70 kg), we were able to decide for ourselves on the quality of ostrich steaks at a late lunch. Now some readers will scream “how dare you, poor birds!”, but I can only reply: “Unlike in chicken and turkey farms, the rearing of ostriches can almost be described as appropriate to the species. The animals are born on the farm, they do not have to spend their lives in cages in confined spaces, but have a lot of outdoor exercise and care.”

After this experience, the final goal of the day was the coastal city of Knysna on the shore of the Indian Ocean.

Southbound we crossed the Outeniqua Mountains, which represent the beginning of the so-called “Garden Route”. The appearance of the landscape changed again very quickly from the harshness of the Klein Karoo to lush vegetation and greenery.

After we had passed George, largest of the Garden Route towns and gateway to the region, we drove through Wilderness, an enchanting little seaside village, set around a lagoon which is the first in a chain of “lakes” where you can see ospreys, herons, kingfishers and 260 other species of bird, including 80 different species of waterfowl. The whole region around Wilderness is a paradise for hikers, birdwatchers and anglers.


on the Knysna Lagoon

Picturesque Knysna is known for its superb location on the banks of a lagoon of the same name, surrounded by forested hills. The lagoon connects with the ocean at the sandstone cliffs of the Knysna Heads, which became the final fate for many sailing ships in earlier times.

In the next and last part of my travel report I will lead you on the “Garden Route” along the coast towards Port Elizabeth, the capital of the Eastern Cape province, with a stopover at Tsitsikamma National Park and the final termination our trip to South Africa with a highlight, the Kuzuko Game Lodge in the Addo Elephant National Park.

Note: As always in my travelogues you can learn more about an issue mentioned in the article by clicking the bold underlined links.

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North Cyprus – Animal Care – Kyrenia Animal Rescue gives Snake Alert

Animal Care

Kyrenia Animal Rescue gives Snake Alert

By Kyrenia Animal Rescue…….

KAR want to warn ALL pet owners to be very aware of snakes now.

We have had several reports of pets being bitten by snakes over the last few days, in many areas, and there have been sightings up at our Rescue Centre. The most dangerous for your pets (and you) is the Blunt Nose Viper.

IF your pet gets bitten please immobilise the pet, to reduce blood flow taking the poison around the body, and get it to a vet as soon as possible for treatment.

Preventative measures may help to deter snakes from your garden — these include putting water bowls/containers around your perimeter as the snakes often enter properties looking forBlunt-nosed-viperwater (pool owners be extra cautious) – if the water is at the perimeter they may not venture into the garden. Also lime powder can be used as a barrier along perimeters boundaries (however you need to be sure that you have no snakes already in the garden or you will effectively be trapping them in !!). Common places for them to hide include under wood piles, in stone walls with cementing missing, under/in storage areas, under water tanks.

Just please, please be careful and try to stop your pets mooching and investigating in places that could hide a snake !!

The KAR Rescue Centre is currently on high alert for snakes and measures have been taken to reduce the risk HOWEVER whilst dog walking is still possible – all dogs should now only be walked if they are kept on a lead .  If the situation changes we will let you know.

Remember a former article on this website “Deadly dangers for your dog in Cyprus” by clicking here!

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North Cyprus – Charity – SeAngle Bar in Çatalköy and Rachel help Tulips


SeAngle Bar in Çatalköy and Rachel help Tulips

By Carole King and Sue Tilt……Tulips……

On Friday night the 22nd April at SeAngle Bar Çatalköy, a group of over thirty people had a really enjoyable evening Rachel and SeAngle Help Tulipslistening to Rachel perform and raising money on behalf of Tulips / Help Those with Cancer Association.

As well as a lovely evening of relaxed entertainment, customers had food from the local cafes and they all took part in a raffle with donated prizes. At the end of the evening over 300TL was presented to the Tulips representative, Pam Kennedy, before enjoying a karaoke to end the evening.

Our thanks go to all those who attended and contributed to the raffle and also to Lou Burton for her continued support to Tulips.

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North Cyprus – Starlux Cinema presents – Week commencing 29th April 2016

Starlux Cinema presents

Week commencing 29th April 2016

We give below the films which are being shown at the Starlux Cinema, Karaoğlanoğlu for week commencing Friday 29th April until Thursday 5th May 2016.

Starlux films 29.04.2016

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North Cyprus – TRNC News Today – 28th April 2016

TRNC News Today

Mogherini: “The EU Commission will take recommendation on visa exemption for Turkish citizens in the event that all the required criteria are met”

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini said that the European Union Commission will take a recommendation decision on the visa exemption for Turkish citizens in the event that all the required criteria are met.

Federica Mogherini

Stating that there is no reason for the Turkish authorities to worry, Mogherini said, “If all criteria are fulfilled, the EU Commission will take a recommendation decision for the visa exemption as it was applied for other countries in the past.”

The EU Commission will announce the third and last report about the visa exemption on 4th of May. If the report concludes that Turkey fulfilled all the criteria, the EU Commission will take a recommendation decision for the abolition of visas. However, visa-free travel of Turkish citizens to the EU member countries will only be possible after the approval of the European Parliament and the EU Council.

With the abolition of visas, Turkish citizens will be exempt from a visa for their travels up to 90 days.

At the Turkey-EU Summit on 18 March, the abolition of visas had been decided to be in effect at the end of June in the event of all the required criteria being met……..  Continue reading

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North Cyprus – Auction at Lambousa Auction House on April 30th 2016

Auction at Lambousa Auction House

on April 30th 2016

Come along on Friday the 29th April from 10.00am to 3.00pm to view the latest goodies to go under the auctioneer’s Lambousa Aution Househammer!

The auction starts at the Lambousa Auction House, Lapta at the new time of 12.00 noon on Saturday 30th April.

You can still go along in the morning to find that something special you may want to bid for.

If you use Facebook, click here to see some of the articles that are to be auctioned that weekend.

One of many lots at this week’s auction

Auction lots for 30th May

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North Cyprus – Gastronomy – Whiskey Joe’s Bar, Kyrenia


Whiskey Joe’s Bar, Kyrenia

 By Margaret Sheard…..

What nicer on a warm Sunday afternoon in North Cyprus than to go out for Sunday Lunch and this week we chose Whiskey Whiskey Joe'sJoe’s which is situated in the picturesque side-streets of old Kyrenia between the harbour and the main street near the mosque.

We knew Jamie, the Man in Black, would be providing some music for the diners so this was an added bonus and he was already playing his guitar and singing from his wide repertoire of popular songs when we arrived.

Jamie the Man in BlackWe settled ourselves down in the covered outside walled area which was very pleasant.  I am not sure I have ever visited this venue before, although I had heard about it from other people,  so I took the opportunity of wandering around. There is a really nice bar area which is based on a traditional pub with a separate entrance and a further dining area for those who prefer to have a meal inside.

From where we were seated we could see the kitchen through an open window and there we spotted Tony Elsey, the chef for the day. I remember Tony as the chef at our local restaurant many years ago and have bumped into him from time to time over the years, so I knew we were going to have an excellent  lunch…….  Continue reading

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