Day 27: Reasons why I love South Africa: Augrabies


Tha Augrabies Falls is a waterfall in the Northen Cape. It is on the Orange river. The falls are about 60m high and the gorge is about 240m deep and 18km long. The name is derived from the Khoikhoi name “place of big noises”

“The falls have recorded 7,800 cubic metres (280,000 cu ft) of water every second in floods in 1988 (and 6,800 cubic metres (240,000 cu ft) in the floods of 2006).”This is a number which puts international waterfall super-giants such as Niagra Falls to shame (3 to 1, in cubic meters, with Niagra’s 2,400 cubic metres coming in far behind, in fact). It even beats out Niagra’s “all time record of 6,800 cubic metres per second”.

The gallery at the bottom is of the 2011 floods. The a few days before I took these pictures  3 million liters of water a second made it’s way over the waterfall. It is a must see when you visit South Africa.

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Day 12: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Kaapse Hoop Day 12


Kaapse Hoop

Kaapse Hoop (or Kaapsche Hoop) is a misty town in Mpumalanga, South Africa. It is close to Nelspruit. I’ve visited this town only once but surely hope to be back soon! When you drive to this town you drive past plantations and the closer you get the more misty it becomes. Gold was discovered in the area, which was originally known as Duiwels Kantoor (literally meaning Devil’s Office)The first government buildings were erected in 1885 and the name of the developing town was changed to Kaapsehoop in 1886. Many of the original buildings from the 1800s still stand today.  Kaapse Hoop is also the home of wild horses.There are an estimated 150 – 180 wild horses. Nobody really knows where they come from and many fables exist.  These horses are most likely remnants of the gold mining days, the Boer wars and the early cattle farmers. Early documentation of these horses are found in old mining journals of the late 1800’s.  The breed of these horses are mostly Boerperd. The herds vary between 8 – 12 with the mature stallion and matriarch mare and they roam on a 17 000 ha property.

We were lucky enough to come across a herd of these lovely horses. I hope to be back there soon to visit these wonderful beings.

 

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There are a few guest houses and restaurants at Kaapse Hoop

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We enjoyed delicious pancakes!

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We saw this old church in town

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The wild horses of Kaapse Hoop are truly magical!

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Day 1: Wedding

Day 2: Why I love South Africa Day 2: Growing up

Day 3: Why I love South Africa: Heritage Day 3

Day 4: Why I love South Africa: Diversity Day 4

Day 5: Why I love South Africa: The colors Day 5

Day 6: Why I love South Africa: Heritage sites Day 6

Day 7: Why I love South Africa: The open road Day 7

Day 8: Why I love South Africa: The food Day 8

Day 9: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Cape Town Day 9

Day 10: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Jozi Day 10

Day 11: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Kruger National Park Day 11

Day 12: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Kaapse Hoop Day 12

Day 13: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Pilanesberg Day 13

Day 14: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Eastern Cape Day 14

 

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Why I love South Africa Day 1


I love South Africa because……

October is such a beautiful month.  There is an Afrikaans poem about October and the fact that it is the most beautiful month. I agree.

October is also a beautiful month for another reason. I got married on 1 October. You can see more wedding pictures here. Today is our 3 year wedding anniversary and I got married in the beautiful Potchefstroom.

I love the fact that there was enough open space to get married outside in the garden. IMG_2225 DSC_0640 DSC_0698

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Day 1: Wedding

Day 2: Why I love South Africa Day 2: Growing up

Day 3: Why I love South Africa: Heritage Day 3

Day 4: Why I love South Africa: Diversity Day 4

Day 5: Why I love South Africa: The colors Day 5

Day 6: Why I love South Africa: Heritage sites Day 6

Day 7: Why I love South Africa: The open road Day 7

Day 8: Why I love South Africa: The food Day 8

Day 9: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Cape Town Day 9

Day 10: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Jozi Day 10

Day 11: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Kruger National Park Day 11

Day 12: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Kaapse Hoop Day 12

Day 13: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Pilanesberg Day 13

Day 14: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Eastern Cape Day 14

 

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A giraffe in my heart!


 I took these pictures of a giraffe a few years ago in Namibia (hence the date stamp and blurryness lol) When I looked for something else in my pictures folder I saw these and missed my dear sister in law even more. (I miss my brother also a teeny weeny bit 😉 ). She is American and visited South Africa and just fell in love with giraffes. So whenever we saw one everyone got excited and she took pictures. So this post is for Hawie and Lindsay- a couple of world travelers. They are in Peru at the moment starting Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu for four days.

 

Giraffes have different spots and it is just like fingerprints. An interesting fact is that their necks are too short to reach the ground that is why they have to drink water in such a funny way.

Only two days left!


31 days There are only two days left of September! Then 31 days of 5 minute free writes starts on 1 October.  My theme will be Why I love South Africa.

I will talk about my love for the wildlife, the food, the people, the landscape etc etc. .South Africa has so much to offer! I can’t wait to share it with you.

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50 Posts and a domain name


Thank you so much to everyone that is reading my blog. I’ve met so many kind people since I’ve started blogging.

I’ve decided to mention some of my favorite blogs about South Africa that I’ve stumbled across (and also because it is heritage day today)

Cindy and her Powderpuff girls- Here is a great blog about Durban

Ubuntu Youth Blog

Find great recipes here

Great pictures of South Africa

A blog post about National Braai day

Find a book about Braaing here

 

31 Day challenge


31 days I am excited to announce that in October I will be taking part in the 31 days of 5 minute free writes. My theme will be Why I love South Africa.

I will first start with myself and the reasons why I love the fact that I could grow up in South Africa and I will then go further afield. South Africa has so much to offer! I can’t wait to share it with you.

This is what you can look forward to:

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31 days

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Day 1: Wedding

Day 2: Why I love South Africa Day 2: Growing up

Day 3: Why I love South Africa: Heritage Day 3

Day 4: Why I love South Africa: Diversity Day 4

Day 5: Why I love South Africa: The colors Day 5

Day 6: Why I love South Africa: Heritage sites Day 6

Day 7: Why I love South Africa: The open road Day 7

Day 8: Why I love South Africa: The food Day 8

Day 9: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Cape Town Day 9

Day 10: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Jozi Day 10

Day 11: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Kruger National Park Day 11

Day 12: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Kaapse Hoop Day 12

Day 13: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Pilanesberg Day 13

Day 14: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Pilanesberg Part 2

Day 15:

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