Z is for Zephyr, Zibi and Zip-lining

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.

Zephyr at KnysnaPhew! I managed to make it through the alphabet from South Africa and with quite a few examples for the letter Z. First up is this Zephyr in bronze and chrome that you can find on the waterfront at Knysna.

It is the work of South African artist Stephan Raubenheimer and weighs 62kg when off its Jarrah-wood base. It was created in 1997 and was on display in Auckland, New Zealand in 2000 during the America’s Cup Regatta.

Zephyr was on sale for £1,940 (a little over $3,000) but is now a permanent feature in Knysna.

ZappitMy next Z is one you see a lot of on the streets of Cape Town — it’s Zibi the rubbish-eating ostrich and on every street corner he encourages people to Zappit in a Zibi Bin.

Zibi was created by political cartoonist, Dov Fedler, in 1979 as part of the Keep South Africa Beautiful campaign which existed at the time and was brought out of retirement in 2010.

Of course, since I’ve been writing about South Africa, I’ll bet you were expecting a zebra for my letter Z and I shan’t disappoint you, but perhaps not the one you were expecting.

I spotted this trailer in Montagu and it belongs to JJ Adventures that specialises in tours around the town and the Breede River.

I think the zebra trailer is used to transport motorcycles judging by the Harley Davidson sticker on the side.

So I come to the end of my ABC of South Africa, but I have one more Z to go — me zip-lining through the Tsitikamma National Park on the Storms River.

I mentioned last week that we came up close and personal with South Africa’s yellowwood trees as we clambered round the tree trunks from one zipline to another.

The height was dizzying, but so were the rides as we ‘flew’ through the tree canopy, sometimes stopping ourselves halfway across.

For some reason, I was the only man on our particular tour, apart from our guides, but I have the certificate above to prove that Shooting Parrots made it through in one piece, just as I’ve made it through this round of ABC Wednesday based on our South African adventure.

If you’re a glutton for punishment, you can see a nervous Mr Parrot in action below.

11 comments… Add yours
  • Roger Green 11th January 2012

    “This video contains content from Warner Bros. and UMG, one or more of whom have blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.” BUMMER!

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  • Mr Parrot 11th January 2012

    Sorry about that. They used a Bob Marley backing track which YouTube is very good at detecting.

  • photowannabe 11th January 2012

    Bummer that I couldn’t see it either. You were braver than I. Heights and me just don’t get along.
    It was awesome how you made it through the entire alphabet on your trip. Kudos to you.

  • Meryl 11th January 2012

    I zipped across Whistler mountain this summer with my daughter. I was scared out of my skin the first two stations, but after that I had an absolute blast. Hope you did too!

  • Kim,USA 11th January 2012

    That is what I like to do zip-lining. Looks like it is fun ^_^

    ABC Wednesday

  • Oakland Daily Photo 11th January 2012

    Congratulations, you did it.

  • Katherine 11th January 2012

    Great fun! I could see the clip. In EnZed we call it a Flying Fox.

  • Elizabeth 11th January 2012

    Excellent stuff, Ian. Brilliant fun. x

  • rhymeswithplague 11th January 2012

    I had forgotten all about zebra, but I was expecting Zulu….

    I couldn’t see the clip either.

  • Francisca 13th January 2012

    WHAT?! No Zulu!! LOL! Good on you, Shooting Parrot… you made it! Ziplining (could see video) for real and through the alphabet in South Africa! Clap, clap, clap… 🙂

  • Jeanine 16th January 2012

    You had an excellent stuff…Congratulation you made it..


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