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Western Cape Cute Overload

February 12, 2014 By:

Here are some animals you can get up close and personal with, without them rolling your car. And we're not talking formal game reserve experience either. Without further ado, let's meet some of the Western Cape's furry and feathered citizens.

Although it weighs in at around a mere 4kg, the dassie's closest relative is ... the elephant. 


You can hang out with penguin colonies at Boulder's Beach (Simonstown) and Stony Point (Betty's Bay). They're African Penguins - the only species that breeds on our shores. 


Some say they're descended from horses used during the Anglo-Boer War, some say they swam ashore from the wrecked Birkenhead, or that they're the survivors of a massive cull in the 70s, or they're descended from farm horses; either way, a herd of wild horses on a beach in the Kleinmond/Botrivier area is a very cool thing to see. Photo by Bruce Boyd - see more at

LandnSand Rover

LandnSand Rover was a Stellenbosch street cat, before he joined the team as an intern roving reporter. Some say that he can be seen late at night, prowling along Dorp Street to the town centre, in search of hot leads (or a bar that won't inspect his ID card too closely). His interests include fishing, wine and mice and his main ambition is to grow old enough to attend wine tastings. He answers all his own fan mail.

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