Our journey starts in a private Game Reserve. Aquila. This reserve is a 10,000 hectare conservancy in the southern Karoo, and home to the big 5 legends of the wilderness – elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino.

In the picture below, a white rhino with his baby:

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White Rhino and his baby

White rhinos can weigh over 2,000 kilograms and stand as tall as 1.8 meters. Don’t bother them.

You shouldn’t bother also elephants. BUT elephants are like us, hence if they are used to see you, they will fit into our society. Their brain is 4x the human brain – well, even more sometimes. Knysna Elephant Park, after 40 years of costant work, has been able to get in touch those 2 worlds.

Did you know? Elephants cry, play, have incredible memories, and laugh.

But you are not here for elephants, aren’t you? You are here for the kings & queens. Suggested music to play while looking to the next pics – PLAY ME BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

Did you know? The lion population in Africa has been reduced by half since the early 1950s. Today, fewer than 21,000 remain in all of Africa.

(other random pics of animals and lands below)

Well, are you tired about facts? Let me introduce you Mr. Leopard. Trust me when I tell you that I had it a 3 mt distance and I couldn’t spot him.

Not sure if he’s one of the best predators of the whole Earth, but pretty sure he’s one of the best players I’ve ever (not)seen of hide&seek.

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Title of the article was Animals & Caves.

Ok we got the animals, but please we want caves now!

Hence, our little journey continues in the Oudtshoorn Cango Caves.

The principal cave is one of the South Africa’s finest, best known, and most popular tourist caves, and attracts many visitors from overseas. It stretches for over 300 mt and it was once used for concerts. I actually sang “Con te partirò” in there, because the tour guide incited me. I couldn’t say no. WOW.

Although the extensive system of tunnels and chambers go on for over four kilometres, only about a quarter of this is open to visitors.

Did you know? (OH NO ANOTHER FACT) Mr. Johnny van Wassenaer, the cave’s first official guide is purported to have walked 29 hours to find the end of the caves in 1898. When there, he is said to have calculated that he was 25 km from the entrance, and 275 m underground; his route apparently followed an underground river. So far, they are finding more and more caves to support this story.

In conclusion let me show you a little lunar shot, and a sunset. And a candle.

 

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