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South Africa, Sept. 2013, part 2


Saldanha – Elands Bay – Lamberts Bay – Bird Island Nature Reserve

Saldanha Bay is a natural harbor on the southwestern coast of South Africa, about 105 kilometers north-west of Cape Town. In the next morning we left Saldanha and traveled up the West Coast via Elands Bay and Lamberts Bay.


Hotel where we stayed for the night

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At Elands Bay, we made several stops to admire the amazing plants. On the ocean coast they grow directly from the white sand.

the road goes along the Atlantic coast

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White hills on the left side of the road are composed of white coastal sand, it doesn't snow there.

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On the right side of the road the landscape is different :

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Here we also made a stop.

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Ferraria crispa is a species of the family Iridaceae, it is native to South Africa. Three photos below - all of Ferraria crispa.

Ferraria crispa

Ferraria crispa

Ferraria crispa

A “still life” from nature:

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Lapeirousia arenicola:
Lapeirousia arenicola

Zaluzianskya affinis:

Zaluzianskya affinis


We haven't found Pelargonium species there. Our trip continues.

Flamingos at Geelbek
Lambert's Bay is a small fishing town in the Western Cape province.Next stop – the Bird Island Nature Reserve. Bird Island lies about 100 meters offshore of Lamberts Bay on the Cape west coast. The island, almost 3 ha in size, is connected to the mainland via a breakwater. It is an important breeding and roosting site for seabirds, particularly Cape gannets and Crowned cormorants.

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Crowned cormorants

Cape Gannet (Morus capensis) skeleton

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From here we' ve traveled to Gifberg.
More photos taken on this part of our route, you can see here:http://www.flickr.com/photos/79338969@N03/sets/72157638242007665/

To be continued.

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