L is for Llandudno, Landies and Lions

Can I complete the whole of Round 9 of ABC Wednesday based on our four week stay in South Africa in February? Click on the photos to enlarge.

Llandudno BeachWe didn’t visit too many beaches while we were in South Africa, but one we liked was in Llandudno, on the the Atlantic coast to the south of Cape Town.

The area was once a wilderness, a narrow strip of land between the sea and The Twelve Apostles Mountain range, and for many years was only accessible from Cape Town by a cattle track.

For many centuries the land was home to ‘The Watermen’, the Khoikhoi people who lived in the caves along the coast who bartered with the Dutch and supplied the colonists with livestock.

The area wasn’t opened up until the building of the coast road in 1897 and in 1903 a company was formed to develop it as a township.

It was named Llandudno by the wife of one of the company directors who had returned from a holiday in the UK and was struck by the  similarity of Logies Bay and the Llandudno in North Wales, both having rocky promontories either side of their bays.

If you click on the photo at the top of the page, you’ll see a panorama view looking back along Llandudno Beach with the scrub, or fynbos, in the foreground and Little Lion’s Head in the distance.

The beach itself is unspoilt by shops or cafés and at one end you’ll find the giant granite boulders like those pictured above right and sandy pools of strange looking seaweed.

Later in the holiday went on safari (sort of) at the Schotia Game Reserve and right is the line of Landrovers (or Landies) that were waiting for us.

I will write about Schotia later in ABC Wednesday but I couldn’t let the letter L go by without a photo of the obvious example from Africa — L is for Lion.

Left is a young  lioness that we tracked down late in the day. She and her brothers had been snoozing in the shade.

The males eventually looked up as if woken on a bad hair day, while the female stood, seemed vaguely interest in a distant wildebeest and then flopped down again.

Rhodes MonumentAnd finally, another, even more sedate lion that I was able to creep up upon unnoticed.

This lion is one of the ‘guards’ at the Rhodes Memorial in Cape Town where it looks out from Devil’s Peak over the southern suburbs, including the former home of Cecil Rhodes in Rondebosch.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

9 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 5th October 2011

    Lovely literary lexicography like Lulu’s love lyrics! Literally lugubrious – leaving lustful longings literally lost!

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  • Roger Green 5th October 2011

    I’d just as soon shoot the stationary lion, thank you.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  • Jennyta 5th October 2011

    Llandudno in South Africa! A new one on me, SP.

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  • john gray 5th October 2011

    yes a new one on me too.. as I live only a stones’ throw from the Welsh Llandudno

    but the African version doesn’t have turkey and tinsel weekends?

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  • liz 5th October 2011

    How amazing to see another Llandudno – which incidentally doesn’t look anything like my memories of our Llandudno!

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  • Mildred 8th October 2011

    A very nice entry for L day! And what a beautiful scenery in the first shot!
    Love the lions shots too! But would rather come across the second one;o)
    Thanks for sharing;o)

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    Have a nice and happy weekend****

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  • Amanda 26th October 2011

    I really wish one day I will get the chance to visit Africa. These are some really beautiful scenery and I just love that majestic lion 🙂

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