The first time I came across a dassie it took me by surprise. I had seen signs reminding visitors not to approach the wildlife on Table Mountain but I wasn’t prepared for seeing a giant guinea pig as I rounded a corner on one of the trails!
I didn’t know what it was so asked the question on FB and locals were able to tell me that it was a rock rabbit, rock hyrax or dassie. I also spotted one amongst the penguins on Boulders Beach trying to mingle into the back ground! So you now the answer to what is a dassie!