20 PICTURE ALBUM
Sunday, June 20
Paula: The sounds of huge flocks of geese woke us this
morning just before sunset. Although we were not able to appreciate it last
night, we awoke to find a pretty little pond directly behind our cabin, inhabited
by all kinds of water birds. We enjoyed exploring the area around our cabin
before heading to the main guest house for breakfast.
breakfast was certainly a new one for us - scrambled ostrich eggs, ostrich
bacon and ostrich sausage! Similar to our experience last night, we found
all the ostrich food to be particularly tasty. Now, we wonder
if we can buy it at home.
The rest of the morning we spent on an ostrich show farm learning about these
very interesting birds. There are over 110,000 ostriches in Oudtshoorn, and
Safari Farm is one of four show farms that
allow visitors to see and learn about how the ostriches are bred, raised and
used commercially. Ostriches fully mature after 11-14 months and are used
primarily for meat and leather. Feathers are not profitable like they were
in the early 1900's. The female lays about 14 eggs a year in the wild but
they can lie as many as 60 on the farms. The eggs are exceptionally heavy
pounds) and strong - David and Katie stood on them without them breaking the
shells. Each bird produces about 40-50 kilos of meat which sells for about
$10 a kilo.
It is much more expensive than beef and chicken, but well liked by those South
Africans who can afford it.
We also had fun learning about the autonomy of the ostrich and actually got
an opportunity to ride these huge birds. The ostriches were blindfolded to
allowing us to mount them, and then once their eyes were uncovered
off they ran with us holding on tight. The ride lasts only a minute but is
exhilarating to say the least. We all had a lot of laughs.
As we left Oudtshoorn we passed by several ostrich farms. We can't get over
how strange it is to drive by farms where we see hundreds of ostriches, much
as we would see cows grazing at home.
We left Oudtshoorn and headed back through the mountains and toward the coast
again in the afternoon until we reached Knysna. This resort town lies on a
lagoon protected from the Indian Ocean by "The Heads", a massive
pair of promontories that are visible from the waterfront area. Knysna is
considered one of the nicest towns on South Africa's Garden Route, and we're
looking forward to relaxing here before heading further east toward Durban.
After arriving at our chalet at the Knysna River Club, we enjoyed oysters
at the Knysna Oyster Company located on Thesen's Island. These oysters are
famous throughout South Africa, and are farmed here in the lagoon. Finally,
we drove to the viewpoint at The Heads to take in the view of Knysna and its
Tomorrow we plan on exploring Knysna's waterfront area, and may also venture
out on a boat for a cruise or some whale watching.