MOSSEL BAY-GARDEN ROUTE(SOUTH AFRICA) _ 0561

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Mossel Bay is a harbour town of about 60,000 people on the Southern Cape (or Garden Route) of South Africa. It is an important tourism and farming region of the Western Cape Province. Mossel Bay lies 400 kilometres east of the country’s seat of parliament, Cape Town (which is also the capital city of the Western Cape Province), and 400 km west of Port Elizabeth, the largest city in the Eastern Cape Province. The older parts of the town occupy the north-facing side of the Cape St Blaize Peninsula, whilst the newer suburbs straddle the Peninsula and have spread eastwards along the sandy shore of the Bay.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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From Eastern Cape, South Africa
Travel from May 20 to June 4
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SOUTHERN RIGHT WHALES (SOUTH AFRICA) _ 0555

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The southern right whale is a baleen whale, one of three species classified as right whales belonging to the genus Eubalaena. Like other right whales, the southern right whale is readily distinguished from others by the callosities on its head, a broad back without a dorsal fin, and a long arching mouth that begins above the eye. Its skin is very dark grey or black, occasionally with some white patches on the belly. The right whale’s callosities appear white due to large colonies of cyamids (whale lice). It is almost indistinguishable from the closely related North Atlantic and the North Pacific right whales, displaying only minor skull differences. It may have fewer callosities on its head and more on its lower lips than the two northern species. Approximately 10,000 southern right whales are spread throughout the southern part of the Southern Hemisphere.
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From Eastern Cape, South Africa
Travel from May 26 to June 12
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TRIBAL LIFE (SOUTH AFRICA) _ 0537

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Zulu beadwork holds messages in its intricate and colorful designs.

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From Eastern Cape, South Africa
Travel from April 30 to May 22
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SOUTH AFRICA ANIMAL _ 0521

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The Bushveld is a sub-tropical woodland ecoregion of Southern Africa named after the term veld. It encompasses most of Limpopo Province and a small part of the North West Province of South Africa, the Central and North-East Districts of Botswana and the Matabeleland South and part of the Matabeleland North provinces of Zimbabwe.
Numerous mammals are found in the bushveld including lions, leopards, white rhinos, blue wildebeest, kudus, impalas, hyenas, hippopotami and giraffes. A significant extent of the bushveld exists in the north-east including Kruger National Park and the Mala Mala Reserve, as well as in the far north in the Waterberg Biosphere. South Africa houses many endemic species, among them the critically endangered Riverine Rabbit (Bunolagus monticullaris) in the Karoo.
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From Eastern Cape, South Africa
Travel from April 23 to May 8
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AFRICAN LIFE _ 0516

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Maidens at an authentic Zulu Kraal, with its “fence” of broken branches, stir the village meal in large three-legged iron pots
The Zulu are a Bantu ethnic group of Southern Africa and the largest ethnic group in South Africa, with an estimated 10–11 million people living mainly in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Small numbers also live in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique. Their language, Zulu, is a Bantu language; more specifically, part of the Nguni subgroup. They remain today the most numerous ethnic group in South Africa.
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From Eastern Cape, South Africa
Travel from April 30 to May 22
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MOUNTAIN ZEBRA (HIPPOTIGRIS) _ 0454

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Mountain zebras live in hot, dry, rocky, mountainous and hilly habitats. They prefer slopes and plateaus and can be found as high as 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) above sea level, although they do migrate lower in the winter season. Their diet consists of tufted grass, bark, leaves, buds, fruit, and roots. They often dig for ground water.
The Cape mountain zebra and the Hartmann’s mountain zebra are now allopatric, meaning that their present ranges are nonoverlapping. They are therefore unable to crossbreed. This is a result of their extermination by hunting in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. Historically mountain zebras could be found across the entire length of the mountainous escarpment that runs along the west coast of southern Africa as well as in the fold mountain region in southern South Africa.
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From Eastern Cape, South Africa
Travel from April 9 to April 22
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LION _ 0434

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The lion (Panthera leo) is one of the four big cats in the genus Panthera and a member of the family Felidae. With some males exceeding 250 kg (550 lb) in weight, it is the second-largest living cat after the tiger. Wild lions currently exist in sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia (where an endangered remnant population resides in Gir Forest National Park in India) while other types of lions have disappeared from North Africa and Southwest Asia in historic times. Until the late Pleistocene, about 10,000 years ago, the lion was the most widespread large land mammal after humans.
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From Eastern Cape, South Africa
Travel from April 1 to April 15
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AFRICAN FISH EAGLE (HALIAEETUS VOCIFER) _ 0425

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The African Fish Eagle feeds mainly on fish, which it will swoop down upon from a perch in a tree, snatching the prey from the water with its large clawed talons. The eagle will then fly back to its perch to eat its catch.
Like other sea eagles, the African Fish Eagle has structures on its toes called spiricules that allows it to grasp fish and other slippery prey. The Osprey, a winter visitor to Africa, also has this adaptation. Should the African Fish Eagle catch a fish over 1.8 kg (4 pounds) it will be too heavy to allow the eagle to get lift, so it will instead drag the fish across the surface of the water until it reaches the shore. If it catches a fish that is too heavy to even allow the eagle to sustain flight, it will drop into the water and paddle to the nearest shore with its wings. The African Fish Eagle is known to peculate other bird species (such as Goliath Herons) of their catch. This behaviour is known as kleptoparasitism. It will also feed on waterfowl such as ducks, small turtles and terrapins, baby crocodiles, Greater Flamingos and Lesser Flamingos, lizards such as Nile Monitors, frogs and carrion. Occasionally, it may even carry off mammalian prey, such as hyraxes and monkeys. It has also been observed feeding on domestic fowl (chickens).
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From Eastern Cape, South Africa
Travel from Mar 25 to April 7
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BIG FIVE _ 0391

The Famous Big Five
Originally used only by hunters, the term ‘Big Five’ refers to five of Africa’s greatest wild animals – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino.
As during the bygone hunting era the term “Big Five” still conjure up the romance and excitement of Africa’s exotic destinations and experiences. 

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Imagine watching the sun set over the horizon whilst you capture the moment of a pride of lions stalking their prey. Watching a buffalo strolling to a water hole with strength and size that makes it more likely to kill a human than any other mammal.
The rhino, which is almost extinct, with its extraordinary horns and bad temper. And the leopard with its beauty and remarkable speed and skill to hunt.
http://www.places.co.za/

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From Eastern Cape, South Africa
Travel from Mar 14 to Mar 26
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DOLPHINS (SOUTH AFRICA) _ 0372

South Africa – Swimming with Dolphins
South Africa is one of the best destinations worldwide for watching marine mammals, whether from land or from boats, with spectacular annual visits from southern right and humpback whales and enormous pods of dolphins year-round.

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Every year, southern right whales migrate from their icy feeding grounds off Antarctica to warmer climates, reaching South Africa in June. The country’s coastal waters teem with the giant animals, mating, calving and rearing their young – and giving whale-watchers spectacular displays of raw power and elegant water acrobatics.
http://www.southafrica.info/

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From Eastern Cape, South Africa
Travel from Mar 6 to Mar 21
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JEFFREYS BAY_SURFING _ 0364

Jeffreys Bay is a town located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. The town is situated just off the N2 Highway, about an hour’s drive southwest of Port Elizabeth.

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Jeffreys Bay is one of the five most famous surfing destinations (No.2 on the “Best in the world” surfing list) in the world and hosts the annual Billabong Pro ASP World Tour surfing event at Super Tubes during July. Spectators and professional surfers from all over the world flock to this event.
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From Eastern Cape, South Africa
Travel from Mar 4 to Mar 18
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SOUTHERN AFRICA

A world of variety in the diversity of its people, its cultures and its customs. An assortment of wealth in the magnificense of its animal heritage, its abundant plant life, minerals, industries and attractions.

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Airmal postcards stamps have been used

IMG_3416From Eastern Cape, South Africa
Travel from Feb 25 to Mar 13
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