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The African Penguin - The Boulders Colony
Penguins, Those cute tuxedo-like birds are alive and well and living at the tip of South Africa in a place called Boulder Beach. Although Simon's Town is very proud of its penguins, nearby residents suffer badly as the birds invade their gardens, destroy  the undergrowth and are generally very noisy and messy. They are sometimes refered to as Jack Ass Penguins because they make hie-hô in Afrikaans.

The area has now been taken over by Cape Peninsula National Park, The Penguins  have been corralled  from wandering inland by a fence and board walks.

 Boulders still remains the only place in the world where one can actually swim amongst the penguins as they have continued to invade more beaches


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We didn't wake up, we came to-Zebras, Baboons, Monkeys, Impala,Elk nd almost got head butted by a Giraffe the locals call Bob. Despite his characteristic long neck, Bob (Giraffes) actually has  the same number of neck vertebrae as humans—just seven. Each individual vertebra is super-sized, measuring up to ten inches long. Necking is when one male engage in a ritualized display of dominance  that involves head-butting each other's bodies. Had a close call.

Male giraffes will test a female's fertility by tasting her urine. Which is something now I can't un-know

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Another 2 days and dazed by the power and majesty of the hydropower of the great Zambezi Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Victoria Falls, an Uber waterfall on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Looking out  at The Zambezi Riverfrom TheRoyal Livingstone
Hotel-towards The Smoke That Thunders-Victoria Falls

Also known locally as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” – or the “The Smoke that Thunders” – this isn’t the highest or even the widest waterfall in the world. It is, nevertheless, the largest, based on its width of 5,604 ft and height of 354 ft, making it the world’s largest sheet of falling water.

This is beautiful but oh so noisy-See the videos to hear what I mean

The first known European to gaze upon the spledor, Dr. David Livingstone once said famously of the falls, “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”


The Wild Life



Surprise Visitor

Inonge Wina,The Vice President of Zambia was at our hotel The Zambizi Sun and I was able to film her visit up close. The whole fanfare and the tradtional greetings were special. Roll Video

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Like any piece of beautiful art, Victoria Falls, also known as The Smoke That Thunders, aka, Mosi-Oa-Tunya-you can look at and admire at different times of the day, light, season, year, angles, and in this case from two countries, and appreciate different virtues and attributes of this incredible world wonder, Victoria Falls offers utterly different splendour, majesty, raw beauty and power. Today was no miraculous exception.

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I am in the Garden of Eden and  Cape Town is spectacular. With The Indian Ocean on one side of the Peninsula and The Atlantic on the other contrast it with the high mountain ranges I could easily be on the Napali in Hawaii.

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