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Where's Jonny? Care to dine with me? You would think that 11 years of daily food tasting for a living might put me off?......au contraire! Chomp away with me across 6 continents. Seduced like a bloodhound to the scent of good food, I anticipate the misty waft of steaming broths, the satisfying crunch of mudbugs and the vibrant aroma of freshly pulverised lemongrass. Buon appetito

"The Big 5"

SOUTH AFRICA | Friday, 16 February 2007 | Views [799]

"This is the Elland deer," piped the knowledgeable Kharki-clad tour guide across the jeep. "Yes, but what does it taste like?" I enquired in all sincerity. Glances across from the multinational passengers could only be described as ones of distain. No one spoke to me at dinner. I wouldn't mind, but ostrich neck stew featured on the menu. (and they all tucked into that)

Don't do a Safari anywhere near Cape Town. The animals are not wild (our lions were caged off and were fed by humans - although some of the obnoxious German tourists would have been ideal fodder.

The dazzlingly coated cheethas were the exception to the rule and worth the 3 1/2 hour drive from Cape Town. In essence, if you want to experience game, go to Kenya, Kruger national park (SA) or Woburn Safari Park(UK)- your photos will be far better.

My Cape Town Big 5 are - Beaches (particularly Camps Bay, a crescent moon shaped, white sandy beach, flanked by palm trees) Table mountain (photograph with a whispy "tablecloth" of cloud) Dramatic scenery (check out the "misty cliffs" - straight out of Lord of the Rings - in fact I could swear I saw hobbit-like creatures ascending the rugged terrain) Wine (have had crisp sauvignon blancs and chenin blanks) Penguins (a wannabe wildlife photographers dream)

Tags: The Great Outdoors

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