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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Old Groote Schuur Zoo New and Old Photos

We often spend our weekends doing long distance hikes, burning off the carbon and enjoying the great out doors, but this time we decided to do some exploring that was more like a picnic in the park.

The old Groote Schuur Zoo was started by Cecil John Rhodes around 1896 and his legacy left to the state was for all to have free access to his pride and joy zoo.  Unfortunately as we have become more civilised in animal welfare, zoo's have become less popular.  In this case, this zoo was only financially supported by the government until 1980, accompanied by the increase in animal welfare laws, which declared this venue not fit to hold these animals, and it was closed down somewhere between 1980 and 1985.

We suggest that when you come visit, you do not come alone, as the venue is open access to anyone and can be a bit creepy inside the lions enclosures.

Apparently there were two Tahrs that escaped from this zoo onto Table Mountain.  These two Himalayan mountain goats bred like wild fire and they remained on the mountain for almost a century.  In 2000 a decision was taken to remove all of them, but there are still some hanging around the slopes as we have seen for ourselves, if you look carefully, you will see them too.

Around the area are lovely trees and some lovely spots to enjoy a nice picnic with a view.  Stop over here and enjoy the energy that was felt by the creator himself, but do not forget that these wild animals did not ever live a happy life behind bars.

The following images were found off various sites regarding the zoo , that do not belong to us, but we thought they were important as part of the story and worth a share:

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Truitjies Kraal Cederberg

Getting to Truitjieskraal one can go either via the lovely Kromrivier Tourist Park, or directly from the main road via Ceres.  

When we first heard about this location, we did not expect much, but it turned out to be one of the places we love visiting and exploring these ancient rock formations and bushmen paintings.

You need a permit which can be obtained from Kromrivier before you enter the locked gate.  

The clearly marked signage and routes makes for a wonderful short and fairly easy walking experience amongst these completely unique rock formations.

Part of the fun is to search for the ancient bushmen paintings in the caves and on the rocks.

Another not-to-be-missed event is to visit the Observatory just outside Sanddrift, every Saturday night, but not when it is full moon. 

To book accommodation at any one of these tourist resorts requires you to make a reservation months in advance, making this an even more sought after hiking and tourist destination.