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  • 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Table Mountain

    By Guest Blogger |

    If you were to look up “awesome” in any reputable dictionary, the entry would look something like this: awe·some \ˈȯ-səm\ 1. inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration; causing or inducing awe. E.g Table Mountain. 2. Slang. Very impressive: That Table Mountain is, like, totally awesome. Ok, we may have taken some liberties with the above, but we’re pretty sure Mother City residents and the hundreds of thousands of international visitors who flock to our seaside metropolis every year would agree with us. That said, it seems as though a few detractors see Capetonians as having an exaggerated and disproportionate amount of love for the iconic flat-topped landmark. Perhaps these naysayers believe that fans of Table Mountain (T- Mounters?) like making mountains out of molehills. So, we’ve decided to put together a comprehensive overview - it comprises some irrefutable facts and a number of quirky reasons - explaining why Table Mountain deserves both sycophantic admirers and all of the world’s praise.1. At over 260 million years old, Table Mountain is older than the Andes, the Alps, the Rocky Mountains and the Himalayas. Basically, it is the mountain equivalent of Gandalf the White from The Lord of the Rings…feel the power. 2. In 2012, Table Mountain was inaugurated as one of the world’s ‘New7Wonders of Nature’. Okay, you probably knew that one, but it’s so cool we had to include it. 3. Table Mountain is home to a rich bounty of fauna and flora, many species of which are endemic (exclusively native to a specific area) and survive only in the unique ecosystem contained on the slopes. An example of this is the Table Mountain Ghost Frog, an animal that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Lesser, lesser-known fact: The amphibian’s name will likely inspire the name of an up-and-coming Cape Town indie rock band.4. Table Mountain is the only terrestrial structure in the world to have a constellation named after it. In 1754, French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lecaille named the southern constellation Mensa after the iconic landmark. He originally called it Mons Mensae, which is Latin for “the table mountain”. 5. In August 2014, Cape Town was named as the 8th friendliest city in the world by Condé Nast Traveler magazine. We believe that the development of Capetonians’ welcoming attitudes is directly related to the frequency with which they can spot the awe-inspiring beauty of Table Mountain. 6. Table Mountain is Bob Marley’s spirit geographical formation (kind of like a spirit animal, but different). How so? Well, as legend has it, the ‘tablecloth’ is the outcome of a smoking contest between the devil and a pirate named Captain Jan van Hunks – making the mountain the ultimate buffalo soldier. Quick definition: the ‘tablecloth’ is the cloud formation that develops over the top of Table Mountain as a result of the forced lifting of air by the earth’s topography.7. Its highest point is Maclear’s Beacon, which is 1085 meters above sea level. The beacon was built by medical doctor and astronomer Sir Thomas Maclear in 1865 and was initially used as a triangulation station to assist in measuring the curvature of the Earth. Thomas Maclear was an Irish-born South African stargazer who was named as Her Majesty’s Astronomer at The Cape of Good Hope in 1833. 8. That being said, much like Kanye West’s ego, Table Mountain is still growing. Over 250 million years ago, Africa was considered to be the centre of supercontinent Pangaea. Around 165 million years ago, Pangaea fragmented into two parts, one of them being Gondwanaland. It then also started splitting, and Africa emerged as a stand-alone continent at the 100 million-year-ago mark. As a result of the shift in the Earth’s plates, Australia, India and Antarctica broke off from Gondwanaland and thus created the famous Cape Fold Belt Mountains. Table Mountain resisted folding because of its tough granite base, deflecting the forces downwards instead. This resulted in the mountain slowly beginning to rise, a process that still hasn’t stopped. 9. In 1998, former President Nelson Mandela proclaimed Table Mountain, “a gift to the Earth”. 10. At least two people get married on Table Mountain every month, which brings us to our next point – the rocky icon is more powerful than a Marvin Gaye song when it comes to the love department. 11. World- famous figures such as King George VI, Queen Elizabeth II, Oprah Winfrey, Sting, Steffi Graf, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Margaret Thatcher, Prince Andrew, Michael Schumacher, Brooke Shields, Michael Bublé, Tina Turner, Jackie Chan, Dolores O'Riordan, Skunk Anansie and Paul Oakenfold have all visited the iconic landmark. 12. Archbishop Desmond Tutu made this awesome video to drum up support for Table Mountain during the voting stages of the ‘New7Wonders of Nature’ campaign. 13. Table Mountain is so stunning that you can snap #nofilter Instagram pics of the majestic mound. Don’t believe us? Take a peek (see what we did there?) at our Instagram feed. 14. Considering the fact that Table Mountain is one of the most photographed places in the world, we think it needs a multimedia micro-blogging site dedicated to its awesomeness- we’ll call it Tablr. 15. With numerous awards under its fynbos-embellished belt, consistent rock-solid performances and its status as one of the greatest formations of its kind, Table Mountain is the Meryl Streep of mountains. Basically, Devil’s Peak wears Prada. *drops mic* Bonus fact: There is a chocolate version that you can hold in your hand. Feature courtesy of our friends at Cape Town Magazine.

  • The Magical Treehouses of Lion Sands

    By Melanie Du Toit |

    For those with an adventurous spirit, a romantic soul, or a heart longing to escape from their day-to-day, there are a few magical places to be found hidden among the scatterings of trees within Lion Sands, a 7,000ha African wilderness forming part of the Sabi Sand Reserve. These alluring treehouses put travellers eye-level with some of the area’s 500 different species of bird while evoking a sense of childish nostalgia coupled with intoxicating romance. Whether it's in Chalkley Treehouse, appointed around the trunk of a 500-year-old leadwood tree; Tinyeleti Treehouse, overlooking the Sabie River; or Kingston Treehouse, whose deck skims the top of surrounding trees - guests are promised a secluded night beneath a sky bursting with stars. Here, the secret world that is the savannah after dark is yours. A stay at each treehouse begins shortly before sunset where guests are greeted with  a delectable picnic dinner and accompanying drinks after being shown around their bush bedroom. Savouring this feast al fresco from their lofty perch, intrepid travellers will no doubt consider their place in this vast expanse while daylight fades across the horizon - just as it has every day since this sanctuary was created and even longer before that. Lion Sands' treehouses had their inception at the large leadwood tree Chalkley Treehouse now rests against. This is the same tree that Guy Chalkley, the original custodian of this paradise, set up camp in to evade roaming predators. He would have looked out over a vista as immaculate as the one before you, altered only by the seasons and the ever-turning cycles of nature. The cooing of doves combined gently with the chirping of insects form a charming dinner-time serenade that lulls the sun gently below the horizon. Though a spectacular African sunset savoured from these secluded spots might seem like they can’t be topped, the stars, naturally, are the stars of the show. Another soundtrack for the evening is the low murmur of antelope and a distant lion's roar, while the rumblings of passing elephants below reverberate across the landscape. Simply drift off counting satellites and shooting stars as they arc across the sky, secure in the knowledge that a dedicated field guide is at the nearby lodge and only a radio call away. When the night is over, wake to the pre-dawn cries of the jackal. After being part of the awakening wild and absorbing the morning sunrise with a steaming cup of coffee, it is time to descend. The morning game drive that begins once you reach the ground and pauses midway for a bush breakfast is the perfect salve to ease the pang that accompanies coming back down to earth after a night in heaven.

  • Monkeying around with the Khumbulani kids

    By Melanie Du Toit |

    Volunteers from Rhino Africa looked grimly at the sky last Friday afternoon, wondering if the heavens would open and spoil all the fun they had in store for the kids from Khumbulani. The Rhino crash was en route to Khayelitsha to pick up 120 learners between the ages of 3 and 5 and take them on an adventure to Monkey Town for the day. This educational outing aimed to not only provide fun and laughter for the kids but also to foster a love for nature and a better understanding of the importance of preserving our globe's wildlife. Luckily, the rain didn't dull any of the smiles on the road that day. The children eagerly chanted "Faster, Mr Bus Driver, we are not scared!" on the bus, and marvelled at the feat that they each had their own seat and seatbelt. The air, thick with excitement, could not be dampened by the grey clouds hanging overhead. This exuberant group of learners had their voices echo across the park, much to the delight of Tammy the Ape who responded with enthusiastic applause. Shrieks of nervous laughter rang out while kids clamoured forward to catch a glimpse of a snake - which some of the brave even dared to touch. And then, to the delight of all, lunchtime brought the sunshine - perfect timing for the remainder of the afternoon which was to be spent revelling in Monkey Town's massive playground. Monkey Town aims to have its guests leave with a greater understanding of primates and the unrelenting threats they are facing in the wild today - an important lesson for all who visit this wildlife park. But for the kids from Khumbulani, even more so, as it was their first time seeing monkeys and apes of any kind.  They stared in wonder at mothers carrying their babies and the family units not so different from our own. The children from Khumbulani all come from HIV Aids-infected and -affected backgrounds and the daycare started back in 2000 in the 2-bedroom home of one Gloria Bebeza. Mama Gloria saw a grave need in her surrounding community for children from these backgrounds to have care, attention, and supervision during the day. Rhino Africa is immensely proud to have had a hand in transforming this one-woman initiative into a full-fledged daycare which runs out of its own 3-story premises in Khayelitsha, caring for approximately 300 learners every day. In collaboration with Nhlayisa, we also sponsor a specially-formulated porridge for the children during their days at Khumbulani in an effort to ensure their little bodies get all the nutrients they desperately need. This isn't enough for us, though, and neither is it for the kids. With the introduction of our CSR programme and our CSR specialist, Teresa van der Bank, we want to expose the children of Khumbulani to even more educational outings and experiences that are seemingly incomprehensible because of their poverty-stricken backgrounds. But, we can't do it all on our own and this is where you come in! By travelling with us at Rhino Africa, you are contributing to our various outreach initiatives - one of them being Khumbulani Day Care Centre - but you could do more. A donation of just $500 would sponsor an outing and have another Khumbulani dream come true! To see what else we've done with the Khumbulani kids, check out our trip to the Two Oceans Aquarium and our day spent colouring outside the lines and making the day-care a little brighter!

    Are you interested in partnering with us and sponsoring our kids at Khumbulani? It's as easy as dropping a line to our CSR Specialist, Teresa:

    teresa@rhinoafrica.com

    Special thanks must go to the following:

    Cullinan Transport for getting our kids and Rhinos safely to Monkey Town and back

    Monkey Town for showing the learners such an amazing day

    MannaBay for supplying everyone with a tasty and nutritious lunch

    Our IGLTA guests for their generous contribution

    Our Rhino Africans who gave up their time to ensure the Khumbulani kids had a great day!

     

  • My Trip | 'Safaris just get better and better'

    By Matthew Sterne |

    One of our recent travellers had our media team nodding their heads in stunned approval à la Robert De Niro with her impressive photos of Africa's wildlife. Lauren Coape-Arnold, from New York City, works in Corporate Social Responsibility but it seems her talents may also lie elsewhere. Her photos are some of the best we've ever seen from one of our travellers. Lauren recently visited South Africa with her husband Joe McGeehin. This was her third trip to Africa after her honeymoon with Joe in 2014 and a work trip to South Africa, Rwanda and Uganda in 2015 so she had an idea of what to expect. Nevertheless, she was still mesmerised by what she saw. Lauren and Joe visited Cape Town, Sabi Sabi and Londolozi in the Sabi Sand. 'We had an absolutely incredible day in Cape Town that started early with a hike up Lion's Head, followed by a full day of wine tasting in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, visiting our favourite wine farms like Jordan, Thelema and Warwick. We enjoyed an amazingly fresh farm-to-table lunch at Babylonstoren, followed by drinks and a special ride up to the top of the property at Delaire-Graff for stunning views of the Hottentots, and ending with dinner at Terroir.''Even after two visits, I'm still finding more and more to love about South Africa! No matter how many times I go on safari, I'm still surprised that each drive teaches me something new and evokes so many feelings - excitement, serenity, curiosity, thrill, awe, fascination, energy, appreciation, passion and more.' 'One of our best sightings was watching an eight-month-old leopard cub wake up from a nap and spot a small terrapin heading towards a waterhole. The cub was just beginning to enter independence, so he was learning to hunt on his own and caught the small prey. He carried it away from the water to rest under a bush, but after a few licks he gave up (apparently terrapins are smelly!) and the turtle scurried back to the water. It an amusing sighting of a cub emerging into adulthood.' 'One of our favorite Sabi Sabi leopards had a cub since our last visit, so our top goal for this safari was to find the cub now that she was old enough for viewing. Luckily, our ranger delivered with an unforgettable sighting of the cub learning to crawl up and down a tree.' 'There is so much to explore in Africa and so many different experiences to be had, you can't go wrong (especially if you follow Rhino Africa's advice). Game viewing is particularly enjoyable - and easy - when giant herds of elephants come to you. Here is a giant herd drinking from the waterhole right in front of Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge!''My favourite photo is probably the Mashaba female's cub up a tree at Londolozi. My photographic goal for this trip was to capture a leopard up a tree, and my ranger worked so hard to find me this scene and it was just such a gorgeous sighting to photograph. Plus, I got to work with Londolozi's Photographic Studio to edit this picture, which taught me about post-processing in Lightroom.''It was so easy and great to work with Renee, my consultant at Rhino Africa. This was my second time working with her, so there was a sense of familiarity; she knew what types of experiences I like and I completely trusted her guidance. She always provided a very personal touch to her recommendations and advice, and she even came to meet me and Joe at breakfast one day. Working with Rhino Africa I trust that I am getting the best advice from the most knowledgeable African travel experts!  If you too would like to experience an African safari and see these amazing animals for yourself, contact us now for a free no-obligations quote. Maybe you too could come back with such stories and photos.   

  • 35 African experiences you need to have before you die

    By Matthew Sterne |

    There is something mystical about Africa. Its grand scale, epic landscapes, and magnificent animals are the usual catalysts for this feeling. But there is something more, something intangible which can spark this intoxicating feeling. As Karen Blixen wrote, “There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne — bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.” Africa is the continent which makes you feel most alive. And these are its most exhilarating experiences...

    1. Climb Mount KilimanjaroIt will take you between five and nine days to scale the 5,895 metres of Kilimanjaro. If you would like to see the famous snows of Kilimanjaro, go sooner rather than later as they are slowly disappearing.
    2. Chill out with a chimpanzee in Mahale National ParkChimpanzees share 98 percent of our genetic blueprint. Spend time with these incredible animals in Tanzania's Mahale National Park and marvel at their facial expressions, gestures and use of tools.
    3. Ride in a mokoro through the Okavango Delta On a mokoro, there is no noisy engine to disturb the peace. Instead, you'll glide silently through the world's most beautiful wetland in the midst of elephants, crocodiles, hippos and more.
    4. Climb some of the world’s tallest dunes at SossusvleiSossusvlei is the top destination in Namibia with monumental dunes up to 325 metres when measured from the base. These star-shaped dunes are a sought-after subject for artists and photographers.
    5. Get in Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls This seasonal pool on the cusp of Victoria Falls is goose-bump-inducing just by looking at it. Swim out to this pool between August and September.
    6. Visit the gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable ForestUganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to the endangered mountain gorillas, and is considered one of the best places in the world to come face-to-face with these magnificent animals.
    7. Spend a day in the Ngorongoro CraterAfrica's real life Garden of Eden, the Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest intact caldera and the closest thing you van get to the real-life version of the Lion King.
    8. Spend a night on a sleep out platform [caption id="attachment_30106" align="aligncenter" width="1420"] Image credit: Makanyane Sanctuary[/caption] Sleeping under the stars on a deck above prowling predators is one Africa's greatest thrills.
    9. Leopard spotting in the Kruger National ParkNocturnal, stealthy and famously elusive, leopards are a real challenge to find in the wild. Visit the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in the Kruger National Park to increase your odds.
    10. Whale watching in HermanusHermanus is a town near Cape Town in South Africa that is considered one of the best places in the world to see whales. Between June and November, whales frolic just offshore while visitors sip coffees and admire them from the cliff tops above.
    11. Have a glass of pinotage in Stellenbosch [caption id="attachment_29983" align="aligncenter" width="1420"] Image credit: Delaire Graff[/caption] Pinotage is a red wine grape that is South Africa's signature variety. Visit Stellenbosch, the spiritual home of wine in South Africa, to taste the best.
    12. Explore the deserted town of KolmanskopKolmanskop in Namibia is a deserted mining town that has slowly been reclaimed by sand. This is a popular stop due to the haunting scenes that can be captured.
    13. Go in search of the lemurs of MadagascarThe oldest island in the world is like nowhere else, and its animals are like nothing else too. Lemurs are the perfect example of this, unique and charming, these furry creatures are one of Africa's most enthralling animals.
    14. Track wild dogs in Northern BotswanaPacks of wild dogs can run distances of 50km a day, so it will be tough to keep up with this 'ultimate predator', but to find these social creatures in their natural habitat is a true delight.
    15. Catch a ride on the world’s most luxurious train, Rovos Rail [caption id="attachment_30327" align="aligncenter" width="1420"] Image credit: Rovos Rail[/caption] Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era while you sip on fine wines, dine on excellent cuisine and travel through the African wilderness. Popular stops are Namibia, Cape Town and Victoria Falls.
    16. Visit the historic Robben IslandOne of the world's great icons, Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in jail on Robben Island. Visit the cell where he would write the beginnings of his memoir, Long Walk To Freedom.
    17. Go on a micro-light flight above Victoria FallsDavid Livingstone described it as, 'scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.' Find out what he was talking about with a micro-light flight.
    18. Explore Lake MalawiThis African Great Lake is home to more species of fish than any other lake in the world - about 1,000. Snorkeling and kayaking here are two of the most popular activities.
    19. Go island-hopping in SeychellesThe Seychelles, with its archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, is perfect for island-hopping. Seychelles is known for its beaches, coral reefs, diving, nature reserves and rare wildlife.
    20. Walk down the Avenue of the Baobabs in MadagascarThe Avenue of the Baobabs is a collection of baobab trees lining the dirt road between Morondava and Belon'i Tsiribihina in western Madagascar. Its striking landscape draws travellers from around the world.
    21. Go hiking in Reunion IslandWith its dramatic landscape of pristine beaches, emerald forests, cascading waterfalls, soaring mountains and deep ravines, Reunion has been dubbed 'Little Hawaii'. Hikes exploring the volcanoes and calderas are the most popular activity.
    22. Dive with great white sharks  [caption id="attachment_30328" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Image credit: Alban[/caption] Gansbaai, near Cape Town, is considered the best place in the world to dive with great white sharks. In a cage, that is.
    23. Watch the sunset over the savannahAfrica has a startling array of attractions and activities, but at the end of the day, it's best to just stop what you're doing and admire the show.
    24. Go on a walking safari in South Luangwa [caption id="attachment_30113" align="aligncenter" width="1420"] Image credit: Puku Ridge[/caption] The South Luangwa National Park is said to be the birthplace of walking safaris and you'll find the widest choice of reliably excellent walking safaris here.
    25. Go hot air ballooning in the SerengetiConsidered the most beautiful place in the world for a balloon flight, the Serengeti offers sunrise rides where you can float over herds of animals as you sip your morning tea.
    26. Go diving in MauritiusMauritius is home to some of the world’s finest coral reefs and marine life. Teeming with hundreds of vibrantly-colored fish, the underwater world of Mauritius can be deemed a natural wonder in its own right.
    27. Go whitewater rafting down the Zambezi [caption id="attachment_30333" align="aligncenter" width="1420"] Image credit: Wild Horizons[/caption] The Zambezi is acclaimed to be the 'wildest one-day whitewater run in the world' and is recognised by rafting enthusiasts as one of the top ten paddling rivers on the planet. The only difference is there are crocodiles in this river.
    28. Stargaze in the KalahariWonderfully isolated and so far-removed from any form of pollution, crystal clear Kalahari skies provide the perfect conditions for desert stargazing.
    29. Stake out a waterhole [caption id="attachment_30124" align="aligncenter" width="1420"] Image Credit: Jozibanini Camp[/caption] There is nothing like that sense of anticipation at a hide. Sitting quietly, you wait patiently and scan the bush and then you see it, a lumbering elephant sidles into view and it's all worth it.
    30. See the tree-climbing lions of Queen Elizabeth National ParkOr in the Serengeti or Lake Manyara National Park. No one can quite explain why some prides climb trees but it's not common and is one of Africa's strangest sights.
    31. Swim with whale sharks in MozambiqueSwim with the largest fish in the sea at Tofo Beach in Mozambique, which is home to one of the largest concentrations of whale sharks in Africa thanks to a seemingly never-ending supply of plankton.
    32. Ogle at San rock art in the CederbergBushman tribes have lived in the Cederberg mountains for the past 120,000 years. Some of the ancient art sites go back 10,000 years.
    33. Hike down the Fish River CanyonThe Fish River Canyon hiking trail is one of the more popular hiking trails in Southern Africa. The five-day route winds its way down Africa's largest canyon.
    34. Catch the cable car up Table MountainThis popular attraction and natural wonder receives almost one million visitors a year. It’s a great place to watch the sun setting over the Atlantic Ocean or spend an entire day exploring. The cable car will have you up to the top in five minutes.
    35. Witness the Great MigrationOf course the 'Greatest show on earth' makes our list. Every year, over a million wildebeest, zebra and antelope migrate clockwise around the Serengeti/Masai Mara ecosystem and is one of nature's most amazing spectacles.If you'd like to find out how you can see some of these for yourself, to see Africa's great animals and natural wonders,send us a message and we'll put you on a path to the best experience of your life. Header image credit: Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

  • Kayaking in Cape Town - The perfect way to start your day

    By Matthew Sterne |

    Are you comfortable? Have you got your paddle? Ok good, let’s go. Tracy pushes us out. Our yellow kayak makes a grating noise as it moves over the shells and sand and then we are on the water and gliding away smoothly. We move through the initial sea froth, disjointed in our initial strokes. Our kayak goes through the small gully, past the kelp forest and then out onto the ocean. We wait out there for our group to assemble, bobbing gently like apples in a bucket. We’re in Cape Town’s Three Anchor Bay, near the V&A Waterfront, on a sunrise kayak trip with Kaskazi Kayak Tours. As with most wildlife outings, no sightings are guaranteed but kayakers can see Heaviside’s dolphins, dusky dolphins, common dolphins, humpback whales, southern right whales, African penguins, Cape fur seals, Cape cormorants and Cape gannets. While we wait for our group to gather, our kayak of two quietly attempts to adapt to our new environment. Once we are all there and ready, our guide, Tracy, leads our group of seven kayaks up the coast towards Granger Bay. The first sign of life we see is jellyfish and lots of them. We glide above these small creatures, at their largest just a metre in length, for a few hundred metres and it seems like we pass over hundreds, if not thousands, of them. They float under us peacefully, zen-like spirits of the deep, and then disappear from our sight like an evaporating fog. Let's keep moving. We’re going around the bend, that’s where the dolphins like to play. We paddle on and something catches the eye of one of the paddlers, who now leads the group to the right. Here are a group of African penguins, out looking for fish. “Most of them come from nearby Robben Island and come out hunting in the morning,” Tracy explains. They look so relaxed, a bunch of mates just floating in the water. And then, a shout of delight. “There! There are dolphins.” Forget the penguins - here are four common dolphins slowly gliding past us. We paddle towards them. They’re moving slowly, brushing the surface. We stop paddling and sit with them for a moment. Before long, the dolphins dive and we look at each other with big-eyed smiles. I look back at the land. There is our city, the iconic mountain and the promenade with its morning joggers and walkers. Another day has begun. I look around at the calm water and, savouring the peacefulness, slowly breathe out. It’s the type of deep breath one can only have in wide open spaces. It’s normally reserved for mountaintops and open plains. But this morning, I find it out on the Atlantic Ocean. Follow me. There should be more dolphins over there. That’s where they normally like to hang out. We paddle on past the Green Point Lighthouse, just 100-metres from the shoreline. And then, almost on cue, more dolphins appear. A pod is swimming right towards us and we sit with our paddles resting on our knees as they near and - Oh wow one just jumped did you see that - the dolphins start leaping out the water as if to get a better look at us. A fellow kayaker calls it their,  ‘Morning aerobics’. We’re now surrounded by cavorting dolphins and I don’t really know where to look. There are some to my right, I just heard one come up to my left and there are still more coming. I watch a few dolphins swim out away from the shore and see two perfectly synchronised jumps, the timing and mirrored shape Olympics-worthy. The dolphins ride small waves towards us and give us a show. There is nothing to do other than sit in delight and take it all in. We do just that, revelling in the action. After a while, however, we need to return. As we begin, a Cape fur seal pops up like a puppy eager to play. He flops around and swims with us for a short period until he grows bored and swims off. As we joyously paddle back and relive the past hour, it strikes me that this must be one of the best ways one can start a day. At sea, on a crisp autumn morning, kayaking with penguins, dolphins and seals. And in winter, humpback whales and southern right whales visit our shores. I’ll just have to come back.*All photos by Kaskazi Kayaks If you’d like to find out more about things to do in Cape Town, read our 56 Things to do in Cape Town blog. If you'd like to find out how you can come to Cape Town and South Africa and have a similar experience, you can talk to one of our consultants to find out more. And if you'd like to go kayaking yourself, contact Kaskazi Kayaks.