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Africa » South Africa » Free State January 31st 2014

What is it with the weather and Bush Babes outreaches? Waking up to the sound of rain in the middle of Thursday night reminded me of our last visit to the wolf sanctuary. Heavy rains, sorely needed by the Free State farmers after a long dry spell. This time seemed to be exactly the same, but there's no excuse when it's raining. The forecast was heavy rain for at least a week. We had already postponed this visit to the Husky Romi Rescue & Wolf sanctuary and couldn't put it off any longer. So we had to just suck it up, don our wellies and put on some lipstick, grab our spades and picks and hit the road. Besides a little bit of mud and rain never put off the Bush Babes and we were given ... read more
Me first!
Triple cute
Wolf sanctuary

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng January 30th 2014

After unusually spending a Christmas and New Year in Scotland this year, we flew out to South Africa mid January. Very pleased to be leaving behind the dark grey and wet days. Our first job on arriving was to look for a vehicle to replace the old Hilux that we had sold a few years ago. It had served us very well but was getting to the point where it need to be retired or overhauled so we decided reluctantly - I swear Andy shed a tear when it went - to sell it and now were looking for a replacement. On our first day we found a Landrover Discovery which I immediately thought was the car for us. Apart from Landrover just being what I remember as THE vehicle for Africa, it was a very ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Free State » Drakensberg January 29th 2014

In the morning we all got up at a good time to go to the next hotel. The hotel is located in the mountains they have even got snow like Canada. Right now it's summer in South Africa and winter in Canada much better climate still a little to hot. We watch too movies on the way to the hotel. One was a really good! It's called Blind Side. A true story about a kid named Michel who becomes a really good Foot Ball player. It had a good ending. When we got to the hotel we had some down time. I went and played soccer with the boys I had really bad shoes for soccer and ended up hurting my foot by kicking the ball around. We had are supper then went to bed for ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Gordon's Bay January 29th 2014

This is our last Blog for South Africa. Unfortunately we had to cut short our visit and return home. My sister, who has been ill took a turn for the worst and passed away on February 7th the day after we arrived back home. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her!!! Debra had a minor health issue that required a consultation. Jane(our hostess) arranged for an appointment with her Doctor in which we were able to see within a couple of hours and the total costs with some medication was $49.00 CDN. It's anecdotal but quite a difference to the Canadian system!!! We found a place that serves reasonably good oysters, called "Thirsty Oyster" Still not as good as PEI/NB. Pictures attached of Gordon's Bay from the water processing plant high up in ... read more
Uitkyk Winery
Uitkyk Winery
Harvest Festival at Delheim Winery

Africa » South Africa January 28th 2014

So after visiting KwaZulu-Natal, I was off to see more of the Coast in Eastern and Western Cape. Before heading to the coast, I was in Lesotho and I can tell you that the difference between Lesotho and South Africa is HUGE! In Lesotho, there are mountains everywhere, not so many people, as many animals as people outside, a very few vehicules (donkeys and horses are still used as transport) and very few shops. That's why, when I arrived in Matatiele after crossing the border and driving on a bumpy gravel road, it was like a shock for me to go back to the bustling South African life there. There were so many people in the streets, so many shops, vehicles, roads were good, drivers could drive fast,...Big change for me! Another change was the weather ... read more
Townships near Plettenberg Bay
River mouth at Nature's Valley
Nature's Valley Forest

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Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Saint Lucia January 28th 2014

We got across the border and it is quite bit nicer than the crossing before. We had a long and boring drive to St. Lucia. We slept and played games for the time to pass. We eventually got there but were all tired by that time so we settled in. There was only a little time before we went on a search for crocodiles and hippos. We were going down the river when a hippo popped up and we took some pictures then as we started to leave it charged us. No one had their cameras out because we were leaving the hippo and going up the river. But you guys believe me right??? The guide explained why it went under the water then came back up. It is because hippos run on the bottom then ... read more
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Africa » South Africa January 25th 2014

Caravan packed, trailer packed, both vehicles hitched up and we are ready to go. Check the lights on the caravan - right flasher, left flasher, brake lights and right and left flashers all together looking somewhat like a disco (hey maybe that's where the name discovery comes from), mmmm, seems to be a little problem there. Wiggle the connection but no change, so we are ok to go as long as we don't brake and indicate at the same time. An easy drive to Pilansberg, you can hardly tell you are towing once the Landrover has got up to cruising speed and only know you are going by the steady dropping of the fuel gauge. Arrived there mid afternoon and very quickly set up camp, there were plenty to choose from and surprisingly it didn't take ... read more
Picnic in Pilansberg
Healthy Breakfast

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Mossel Bay January 25th 2014

My first Afrikaans wedding! Arrived at the house we'd rented with some of the wedding party on the Friday night, and we from the moment we arrived we always had a beer in our hands! We went round to the brides families rented house and braaid. Lamb, wors and too much food and drink. The wedding wasn't till 4 on the Saturday, so the in the morning we went to the beach for a quick swim, we'll until I saw a stingray in the shallows. We had arranged for a massive mexican breakfast for 9am. So we headed back off the beach to start cooking it, armed with beer and fizzy, my favourite, we cooked and chatted. When we finally had to get ready to head off to the wedding we all got suited and booted ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town January 24th 2014

This trip to Europe has really snuck up on us! We’ve only just come out of the Christmas summer holidays and with everyone returning to work and the normal daily routines, feels a bit strange getting things together to go away for a month now! But, boy oh boy, are we excited! Especially me (Toni), who has never been to Europe. Or even London. Or, actually, never crossed the equator! And, to top it off, this will be the first (well, sort of*) trip to a '1st world' destination. That means that ‘normal’ clothes can be packed along with ‘normal’ accessories (such as hairdryers), and not just hiking, bundu bashing gear! Ahh, the small things in life ;-) The shock of walking through Buenos Aires (a very fashionable city I might add) with my Michelin man ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town January 22nd 2014

Spent the day in Cape Town which is only about 45 minutes from Gordon's Bay and an easy drive on the N2 (freeway). We took the "Hop on and off" bus, the red route which lasts about 2 hours and covers the city center and some of the coastal areas around the city. See pictures of Camps Bay beech which is an area where the notables of South Africa visit and is used regularly to shoot TV commercials etc. A beautiful beech area. We hopped off the bus and had lunch here. Spent the balance of the day at Victoria and Albert Waterfront development which is one of the nicest shopping, dinning and entertainment areas that we've seen anywhere in the world!! Cape Town is a very dynamic city and appears to have a thriving economy. ... read more
Camps Bay Beech
Camps Bay Beech
Oldest Lighthouse in West Cape




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