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July 21, 2014

Your Bucket List of Beasts: 18 Legendary Creatures You Can See In Cape Town

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. 

1. Leopard

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. 

image courtesy of Jan Knoop

See them in the wild:
Aquila Game Reserve
Inverdoon Game Reserve & Iziba Safari Lodge
Fairy Glen

2. Lion

An ancient symbol of power and courage, you can hear a lion's roar from up to 8km away. 

image courtesy of Adam Sowers

See them in the wild: 
Aquila Game Reserve 
Inverdoon Game Reserve & Iziba Safari Lodge
Fairy Glen

3. Buffalo

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.

image courtesy of Dionisis Varouxis

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See them in the wild:
Aquila Game Reserve
Inverdoon Game Reserve & Iziba Safari Lodge
Fairy Glen

4. Whale

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. 

image courtesy of Grootbos Nature Reserve

See them in the wild: 
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
Simon's Town Boat Company
Hermanus Whale Cruises
Whale Watch SA

5. Rhino

The white rhino is the largest rhino species and the largest land mammal after the elephant, some weighing over 2,000 kgs. 

image courtesy of Signe

See them in the wild: 
Aquila Game Reserve 
Inverdoon Game Reserve & Iziba Safari Lodge
Fairy Glen

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.

image courtesy of

See them in the wild: 
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
S
hark Cage Diving Operators

7. Elephant

The world's largest living land mammal is also an adept swimmer, using its trunk like a snorket!

image courtesy of David Clarke

 

See them in the wild: 
Aquila Game Reserve 
Inverdoon Game Reserve & Iziba Safari Lodge
Fairy Glen
Buffelsdrift Game Lodge (Elephant riding!) 

8. Cheetah

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. 

image courtesy of Brett Terry

See them in the wild: 
Aquila Game Reserve 
Inverdoon Game Reserve & Iziba Safari Lodge

9. Dolphin

Go swimming with bottlenose, common and humpback dolphins, who are among the smartest creatures not called humans. 

image courtesy of Gaby

See them in the wild: 
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
D
olphin Watching / Swimming Tour Operators

10. Ostrich

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. 

image courtesy of - Francis DyBuncio

See them in capitivity: 

Cape Point Ostrich Farm
Safari Ostrich 

11. Seal

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! 

image courtesy of Grootbos Nature Reserve

See them in the wild: 
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
S
eal Snorkeling!
S
eal Tour Operators

12. Hippo

A hippo's hide alone can weigh half a ton!

image courtesy of Aquila Game Reserve

See them in the wild: 
Aquila Game Reserve 
Inverdoon Game Reserve & Iziba Safari Lodge

13. Giraffe

The tallest mammals on earth have 4 stomachs! 

image courtesy of Aquila Game Reserve

See them in the wild: 
Aquila Game Reserve 
Inverdoon Game Reserve & Iziba Safari Lodge

14. Crocodile

These primordial reptilians can spend up to a year without eating after snacking on a large meal like a Wildebeest!

image courtesy of Segward Graupner

See them in the wild: 
Aquila Game Reserve 

15. Wildebeest

Nicknamed the "“clowns of the savanna" due to their strange amalgamation of parts. They're also knowns as "gnus"! 

image courtesy of Rob Barry

See them in the wild: 
Aquila Game Reserve 
Inverdoon Game Reserve & Iziba Safari Lodge

16. Penguin

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. 

image courtesy of Gareth Weeks

 

See them in the wild: 
Boulders Beach
Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
P
enguin Tour Operators

Rehabilitate a penguin! 
Sancob 

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