July 21, 2014
Your Bucket List of Beasts: 18 Legendary Creatures You Can See In Cape Town
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Welcome to Cape Town South Africa, home to some of the world's biggest, baddest and most iconic wildlife.
Don't believe us?
Check out this bucket list of beasts!
Here are 18 amazing creatures you can see in their natural habitats in Cape Town and surrounds.
The most secretive and elusive of the large carnivores are also considered pound for pound the strongest, able to carry large prey up into the trees.
An ancient symbol of power and courage, you can hear a lion's roar from up to 8km away.
Four times stronger than an Ox, the unpredictable African Buffalo are also one of Africa's most dangerous animals, killing more hunters than any other animal, sometimes evening ambushing hunters that have wounded or injured them.
The whale route is famous for its Southern Right Whales who come to Mossel Bay to calve. But you can also sport Humpback, Bryde's and Killer Whales.
The white rhino is the largest rhino species and the largest land mammal after the elephant, some weighing over 2,000 kgs.
6. Great White Shark
Humans kill over 100 mllion sharks each year, sharks kill about 5 people each year. The Great White Shark's terrifying reputation is still real, if unwarranted. It's an incredible thrill to see these magnificient creatures poke their huge heads out the water.
The world's largest living land mammal is also an adept swimmer, using its trunk like a snorket!
A cheetah is faster than your car (0-100km/h in under 3 seconds) and can spot you coming from 5km away. That, by the way, is faster than a Porsche.
Go swimming with bottlenose, common and humpback dolphins, who are among the smartest creatures not called humans.
The largest bird in the world can sprint up to 70km/h. The legend of them putting their heads in the sand isn't true, but they do lay their heads on the floor for camoflague.
See them in capitivity:
The brown fur seal's main predator is the great white shark - to avoid the jaws they will tactically swim alongside the shark's dorsal fin!
A hippo's hide alone can weigh half a ton!
The tallest mammals on earth have 4 stomachs!
These primordial reptilians can spend up to a year without eating after snacking on a large meal like a Wildebeest!
See them in the wild:
Aquila Game Reserve
Nicknamed the "“clowns of the savanna" due to their strange amalgamation of parts. They're also knowns as "gnus"!
Penguins tuxedos are actually camouflage! From above, their black backs blend into the dark ocean water. From below, their white bellies blend into the white sunlit surface.
Rehabilitate a penguin!
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