South African Close Encounters with Cheetah, Rhinos, Whales, Penguin, Elephants

Running the World 196

Nick Butter is running a marathon in every country in the world, 196 in all, to draw awareness to prostate cancer.

Butter rounds the Horn of Africa bagging countries South Africa and Lesotho. During this passage he did get some scheduled, but much needed R&R. This presented a lot interesting opportunities for seeing fantastic African wildlife along with kayaking and cycling.

Butter looks out from Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa.

After his near-freezing run in Namibia, described in the last update, he had a very close encounter with a cheetah (watch his shocking encounter in the video on The Best Quest), and also with a rhino.

Butter had a close encounter with a rhino as well as a cheetah in Namibia.

Of Lesotho, he said his marathon run was isolated across beautiful countryside, with temps in the high 30°F, that the “mountains were vast and the hills were long” and the landscape consisted of beautiful oranges and browns, without towns but with small farms, herding animals and shepherds.

Butter running the country in Lesotho.

During his R&R days he racked up 1200 miles crossing South Africa in his rental car, including a cross-country swath from Lesotho to Cape Town and then along the coast.

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