The end!

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Big roars… We are very excited as we write this blog…as we have now finished our year long cycle ride.

We can’t believe we have cycled all the way from London to Cape Town.

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We have cycled;

12,000 miles
60 miles a day
27 countries passed through
12 punctures
Lots of new animal friends met!

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And we have met lots of lovely people who have let us sleep next to their homes, shared their food and told us facts about their country.

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We also visited lots of schools and met lots of children all eager to learn.

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And we saw children who need help to have a happier life and a safer life.

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We have now reached Cape Town. Lots of people think this is the capital of South Africa, but Pretoria is actually the capital city.

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South Africa is the 25th largest country in the world and has a population of over 51 million people.
79% of the population are Black African, 8.9% are Coloured people, 8.9% are White and 2.5% Indian / Asian people.

In South Africa, the main languages spoken are English and Afrikaans. There are also a lot of regional languages spoken, like Zulu and Khoisan. You can learn some Afrikaans below:

Hello. Hallo.
How are you? Hoe gaan dit?
Fine, thank you. Goed, dankie.
What is your name? Wat is jou naam?
My name is ______. My naam is ______.
Nice to meet you. Aangename kennis
Please. Asseblief
Thank you. Dankie
You’re welcome. Dis ‘n plesier
Yes. Ja
No. Nee
I’m sorry. Ek is jammer
Goodbye Totsiens.
Goodbye Baai.

The Protea is the National flower of South Africa:

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The blue crane is the National bird of South Africa.

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Dino really liked the flag of South Africa…it is really bright and colourful.

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Lion liked it so much, that he bought a new cycling jersey with the South African flag on.

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We had to pay for it using South African rand. We liked the South African money as they all had animals on. Can you spot which note had Lion on it?

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We cycled into Cape Town along the coast…it was beautiful

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Finally, after 12,000 miles it was time for our paws to stop cycling… We finished on the beach at Cape Town.

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We cried with joy because we were so happy to reach our final destination. We were also very sad that our adventures were over.

We celebrated with some malva pudding and lion had some biltong (dried meat)

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We then went and had our photo taken with Table Mountain in the background. Table Mountain in Cape Town is believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world.

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Time for us to go and dismantle our bikes and pack them into boxes…tomorrow we fly back to the UK…it will be the first time we have been home and seen our friends for over a year.

While we pack…here are some more facts about South Africa…

A) South Africa has 19,004 miles of railway track.

B) South Africa generates two-thirds of Africa’s electricity.

C) South Africa is the first country in Africa to host the FIFA football World Cup (it took place in 2010).

D) Dr. Christiaan Barnard, at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, performed the first human heart transplant in the world in 1967.

E) The world’s largest diamond was the Cullinan Diamond, found in South Africa in 1905. It weighed 3,106.75 carats uncut. It was cut into the Great Star of Africa, weighing 530.2 carats, the Lesser Star of Africa, which weighs 317.40 carats, and 104 other diamonds. They now form part of the British crown jewels.

F) There are more than 2,000 shipwrecks, dating back at least 500 years, off the South African coast. More than one of these, including the Waratah, simply vanished without a trace.

A big goodbye to all our new African friends;

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And a big goodbye to you all…thank you for reading all our blogs. Our African adventure may be over, but we will now start writing about our adventures in England.

Big roars

Dino and Lion

Xxx

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