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March 6th to 23rd 2009

This cruise organized by Swan Hellenic was entitled 'Cape to Cape' as it started in Ushuaia (Argentina) nearest town to Cape Horn and finished in Cape Town nearest town to the Cape of Good Hope.

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Our Journey

We left about 2130 on March 6th from Ushuaia and by the next morning we were off Cape Horn.  Drakes passage notorious for its bad weather was Drakes Pond and over the next few days we sailed across the waters searching for wildlife.

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Some of the wildlife seen across Drakes Passage on our way to Half Moon Island

 Grey-headed Albatross   Grey-headed Albatross      Click HERE

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Black-browed Albatross  3423975281342478375234247847183537961599   Click HERE

Giant Petrel                      342445142634244526303423647719   Click HERE

Early on March 9th we anchored off Half Moon Bay and took to the zodiacs to reach the shore.  It was still early morning when I arrived and the light was not good but we soon walked over to where the Chinstrap Penguins were standing around molting.  There were many young Fur Seals playing along the beach and an odd Gentoo Penguin.  The Brown Skuas were busy fighting over food.  After a stroll along the beach it was time, all too soon, to make our way back to the ship.

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Brown Skuas

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Antarctic Fur Seal

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Chinstrap Penguins

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Imperial (Blue-eyed) Shag       34236410273424450048                    Click HERE

After lifting the anchor we sailed alongside Livingstone Island viewing the majestic mountains covered in snow.  There was the occasional Iceberg and several sightings of Humpback Whales.

Livingstone Island


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Humpback Whale       34256983693426507736              Click HERE

Towards the end of the afternoon the weather deteriorated as we tried to enter Neptune's Bellows on Deception Island. 

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The next morning, March 10th, we arrived at Elephant Island the place where Shackleton and his men set foot on land for the first time in 497 days.  We were able to get in close to Point Wild where some of Shackleton's men waited for the 'Boss' to return and rescue them.  There is a small bronze bust of the captain of the Chilean Navy ship who lead

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Snowy Sheathbill       342445694034244591803423654537               Click HERE

We left Elephant Island for South Georgia a voyage which would take us 2 days but which took Shackleton 18 days.

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Soft-plumaged Petrel     3424462214       Click HERE

Light-mantled Sooty Albatross     3423652561342446377434244615783424463460         Click HERE

Fairy Prion     3538702831    Click HERE          

Great Shearwater

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We arrived in South Georgia on March 13th.  A very pleasant day as we landed close to the Whalers Cemetery from our Zodiacs.  King and Gentoo penguins were there to greet us along with some cheeky juvenile fur seals.  We were able to walk up to a lake where the surface was very flat before descending to Grytviken to see the old whaling station, museum and post office.

South Georgia - Elsehul Bay

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South Georgia - Grytviken

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King Penguin

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Gentoo Penguin

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South Georgia (Blue-eyed) Shag

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Six nights later we arrived at Tristan da Cunha.  The swell was too great for us to land but the local shop keepers came on board and the Antarctic Terns gave a splendid display from the aft of the ship.

Nightingale Island

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Tristan da Cunha

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Antarctic Tern

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Atlantic Petrel    3423639357           Click HERE


Shy Albatross  3423648985            Click HERE 

Broad-billed Prion

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Yellow-nosed Albatross

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White-chinned Petrel

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Four nights later we arrived off the Cape of Good Hope and sailed along the coast to Cape Town. 

Cape Fur Seal

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Southern Right Whale

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Cape Town

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A day coach trip was made Cape Town to the Cape of Good Hope and to see the African Penguins at Boulders Beach before a visit to the National Botanical Gardens at Kirstenbosch.

Swift Tern

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Cape Cormorant

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Cape of Good Hope

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African Penguin

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        Plants of South Africa

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       Land Birds of South Africa

       35281857923527373081    Hadeda Ibis                                        Click HERE                 

              35273692633528177744     Egyptian Goose                                     Click HERE                         
              352737527135273750393527373393       Cape Robin Chat                   Click HERE
             3528187020       Blacksmith Plover                                               Click HERE                           

             35273641413527362055    Ostrich                                                     Click HERE 

            352817093235273594913528170694         Hartlaob's Gull                     Click HERE
            3527359227   Helmeted Guinea Fowl                                            Click HERE

           3528168584      Cape Wagtail                                                           Click HERE                   


       Small Animals of South Africa


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3423489051      Gemsbok                                                                            Click HERE
34242965423423482231     Baboon                                                                   Click HERE
3423504649    Gecko                                                                                     Click HERE