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Month: July 2019

For the twitchers – Jackass penguin (Spheniscus demersus)

First of all, you must admit, what a name! Though there is a perfectly innocent explanation behind this name and alternative names if you would prefer. Jackass comes from the donkey like call that these penguins use to communicate, whilst other names commonly used are black-footed penguin and African penguin, and yes as the name suggests, Africa. Africa does have penguins and they love sunning on the beach. We are lucky enough to have two easily accessible breeding colonies in South Africa, with 22 other locations many which include small islands.  Jackass penguins belong to a group of penguins called…

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Bursting with colour and life – Kew gardens…

There are some splendid gardens dotted all over the United Kingdom, each with their own personal touches that set them apart from each other. It’s sometimes hard to say things are a persons favourite, especially myself as I often try to find unique things about all the places I visit leading to them all being on my favourite list. I was surprised to find this 132 Ha botanical garden was just outside central London and founded in 1840.   Kew gardens highlights were the pond and rock garden. The pond I would have naturally been drawn to, as it is often…

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Mangoes and 100, what could this unusual duo have in common…

South Africa, a country with so much wonder ranging from city life, wildlife and sunny coasts. Being so large that local airlines help you get from one side to the other, one being Mango airline. I find this a rather unusual name for an airline, a bright orange plane flying over but nope, this has nothing to do with 100.  Mangoes the fruit originate from India, but they have been very successful growing in South Africa and known as a juicy tropical fruit for those hot sunny days. Mango trees are very resilient, able to grow in very wet and…

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Babylonstoren, a garden to enjoy and strive for…

Situated in South Africa, Klupmuts and nestled between Simonsberg Mountain range and the Berg river, this beautiful 3.5 hector garden is one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms. This garden is still a working garden with over 300 varieties of edible plants. Babylonstoren, a rather strange name originating from the owners, who thought a hill looked like the Tower of Babylon, and named it Babylon’s Toren in the 1700’s, which has evolved to Babylonstoren today.  This place is rich with history when it comes to the working garden, filled with weird and wonderful things to discover, like the way they…

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