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Africa » South Africa » North West » Sun City January 3rd 2014

In the morning, very early morning, Dad and I went on the elephant ride. Me and Dad had to get up really early to make it to the safari. We thought we were going to miss it because it took a long time for the bus to show up. But the group was waiting for us so it was ok. We were in a open truck on the way there we saw some antelope, Kudu and elephant. We had a man film us along the way through out the tour/ride. We were served coffee, tea and muffins upon arrival. The guide explained to us how to act with the elephants and told us not to be afraid of them. Me and Dad got on first. We were the Guinea pigs. The elephants had saddles because there ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Gordon's Bay January 2nd 2014

We'll after spending 46 1/2 hours (door to door) travelling we finally arrived at our Winter retreat on December 31st, Tuesday afternoon. Our hosts, Jane and Jim Yeomans invited us to a New Years get together at their place (Highcliff House) and we met some of their friends and family. We actually made it until midnight and therefore saw the New Year, at least in South Africa. (7 hours ahead of TO) It's been quite a long period of adjusting to the time zone change and we wouldn't recommend taking 2 back to back overnight flights. It's been several days and we still are experiencing interrupted sleep. Gordons Bay is about 1 hour outside of Cape Town with neighbouring communities such as Strand (5 km beech), Somerset West and about 40 minutes drive to Stellenbosch which ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town December 29th 2013

Grosse frayeur à l’aéroport de Cape Town. Au contrôle des passeports on me refuse l’entrée sur le territoire sud-africain ! En effet, je n’ai pas billet retour, ce qui fait partie des requirements pour passer le contrôle. Comment s'en sortir? Surtout ne pas paniquer, je réagis avec énormément de sang froid. En effet je fais en sorte de paraître super sympathique, ce qui me permet très intelligemment de me mettre les customs officers dans la poche. Quand je leur dit que je me suis tellement réjoui de venir dans leur pays et que je ne peux pas m’imaginer repartir sans même être arrivé, toute une organisation se met en place afin de trouver une solution. Tout plein de monde est impliqué et finalement je on m'escorte jusqu’à un bar où je peux charger mon ordinateur, acheter ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Boksburg December 23rd 2013

We arrived in Johannesburg in the morning. We were picked up by Arlene and her family at the air port. It didn't take too long to get through the security and find them. We drove back to the house and met very one besides the ones at work. We got our bags upstairs and settled. A short time later we all went to the lion park which was about 30 minutes away. It was extremely hot that day and I was dying of heat and so were the lions. We first went and play with the cubs and saw the Giraffes, Ostriches, Meerkat, Cheetah and Hyena. We were in with the lion cubs for just a few minutes. We got to pet and take pictures with them. Arlene, Dad, Chris, John and I went into the ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town » Sea Point December 22nd 2013

10 Levels of Conflict & Conflict Resolution I expect I will edit this many times over so don't let me say to you this is it. I did write a definitive draft 5 years ago but lost it somewhere... so I'm gonna try to do it again. This is what I've learned in my travels about conflict, war and resolution. I've put it into the levels like the Americans do when we march to world war...here goes. LEVEL 1 : Ideological Struggle- This is where two parties find out that the term lets agree to disagree doesn't work. This is where the polarity begins to widen.... some things that are difficult to accept on either side...- not impossible but it becomes unbearable and leads to tension. LEVEL 2: Ideological Polarity- Where both parties realize that the ... read more

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Africa » South Africa » North West December 20th 2013

It’s mid December. By then if you haven't left already, you were about to leave for an annual pilgrimage either to the coast or the bush and for some even an international destination. Either way, Johannesburg is less busy as vehicles are packed, swimming attire, bush clobber or fancy feathers. So where are we going? Nowhere actually. This year is completely different to our normal December holidays. Our eldest son, Jacques is visiting us from Australia, so we are spending Christmas at home. Philip, our youngest son will then also be able to spend Christmas with us as he usually house sits for us when we go away. Mom is still with us, recuperating from her back operation of three months ago. This will be her first Christmas at one of her children's homes, although she ... read more
Another great African sunset
Green after rain
Wary giraffe

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town December 12th 2013

8th – 12thDecember Well, unheard of, but the weather window kept opening up instead of getting smaller, and we actually managed to get all the way from Durban to Cape Town in 5 days!!!! On the second day out we found the Agulhas current and were doing 10 – 12 kts most of the time. In fact, we recorded our fastest passage ever – we did 242nm in 24hrs. We were flying. AND, then because we stayed out wider and most boats went closer inshore, we stayed in the current for so much longer than them (a good 12hrs) and ended up catching up to them around the bottom of SA. Boomerang were over 42nm ahead of us at one stage, and we ended up ahead of them (for a very short time) until they came ... read more
Finally leaving
Following the ship
Found the current

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Siyabuswa December 6th 2013

Most photos are from my school in Kameelpoort (Molapoamogale) which is a small village. Sele School has 190 students in Gr 7-12. George's and Eva's schools are Gr 7-9 and much bigger. Eva's is in a densely populated region around our shopping village. The difference in size, location, and the personality of the principal makes our school situations different in some ways. But then they all face the same difficulties. For now, just take a look at photos and captions.... read more
Eva in Gr 9 English
George's School
My School, Sele Secondary

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Siyabuswa December 6th 2013

My village is Kameelpoort, about 18 km from KwaMhlanga my shopping village. From KwaMhlanga it is about an hour's drive to Pretoria, the capital of South Africa. Enjoy the photos and captions.... read more
How to stay cool!
Cool!
Aprons for sale in KwaMhlanga

Africa » South Africa » Free State » Ficksburg November 29th 2013

So what is a Bush babe? Not the cute, furry primate you find in the bush climbing up trees, although there are many cute babes in our group of all ages, the youngest being 6 months old – it might take a while for her to get her drivers licence, though! You could possibly find us wearing fur too (feaux fur of course, because we are all animal lovers!). What's more, we do go to the bush as well as many other places, doing our own form of climbing in 4x4's on off road trails, testing our skills. But that's not all we do. We try out new adventures, pumping natural adrenalin through our bodies while amongst other things, going abseiling, scuba diving, sand boarding and swimming with dolphins. Another priority of ours is to be ... read more
Painted? No, real photograph!
Mini Serengeti
Our motorized steeds




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