Blogs from Africa - page 11


Africa » Kenya » Western Province March 11th 2014

I am trying to keep up-to-date with this blog and couldn't find a way to continue the same blog entry, so here goes with a new entry. I was surprised and humbled in the process of exploring the website that I have up to forty readers. The hotel I had chosen turned out to suit us well. Booking was a complicated process as we had originally planned to take a half-day sarari on the 10th and Ben put me in touch with his friend Pastor Shadrack who does that sort of thing. I wanted to see lions with Shadrack (Remember the story of Daniel in the lions den?) but we had to cancel that because money was running low. Shadrack offered to renegotiate the hotel because Kenyans get special rates. That helped a bit but then ... read more

Africa » Malawi » Central » Senga Bay March 11th 2014

So after our long long week of theatre lists, 26hr on calls and various illnesses and ailments we were done...finally a couple of days off to explore South Africa. On Alan's recommendation we were going to head to the Pilanesberg National Park rather than Kruger (a 2.5 hour drive rather than 9!) which was the 3rd largest game park in South Africa and around 50, and still had the spread of a Big 5 animals we were hoping to see. On a budget and hoping to catch a glimpse of bear-grills-esque living we packed tent, chairs, sleeping bags and monopoly deal into our premier game ranging vehicle (the Atos!!) and set off for the Pilanesberg. We managed to avoid taking a table, lighting system, BBQ grill and kitchen sink (!) despite Alan's best efforts to set ... read more
The Bakgatla Gate
Almost forgot our park ranger outfits!
Our first spot

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Hout Bay March 10th 2014

We've been here a week already!!!! My how time flies when you are having fun! We have been in Cape Town a week now and it has been a week filled with new sights, new smells, new people and new adventures! Friday March 07 Today was the day we decided to check out how we were getting to Jo'burg. We left the flat at about 10 am and went straight to the train station. I had researched transportation at home before we left and found a tourist class train called the Shoslalosha train that sounded like it was the way to go. I attempted to book our seats on line and the site wouldn't let me. No problem I thought!! Once we were in Cape Town we could book it right? Easier said than done!!! Got ... read more
The living room in our flat.
The National flower....Protea
Yes we do!!

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Pretoria March 10th 2014

The last few days of my stay in Kenya I spent in Niarobi. The first day I visited kibera which is a slum just on the outskirts of Nirobi town. I could only view it from a distance because I'm told it's not advisable to enter without a guide and I hadn't got time to arrange one. The sites of the slums even from a distance were a shock. Their homes, the overcrowding, the rubbish and the smell was discussing. Really hard to imagine living in such squalor. The following day, I've visited an elephant sanctuary set within Niarobi national park. I managed to find a motorbike taxi who took me. Asking each rider for a price to take me ranged from Sh5000 £35 to my eventual acceptance of Sh500 £3.50. It's approximately 20 mins from ... read more
Kibera Slums
Kibera Slums
Elephant sanctuary


Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen March 10th 2014

Week 2 Found the truck stop OK and met our fellow travellers, only four other motorhomes so quite a manageable group size. The ferry crossing from Algeciras to Tangier Med was very calm thank goodness. We managed to arrive in one piece and had completed our paperwork correctly – there is a lot of red tape as we had to re-register the motorhome for our stay as well as fill in our details on umpteen forms. The northern part of Morocco was quite a surprise as it is very mountainous and green! Our first stay was at Motril on the coast, the beach and promenade are quite pristine but the same can't be said for the campsite. It was absolutely packed with motorhomes on every available space, mostly from France, obviously no fire regulations here. From ... read more
Rif Mountains

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Aswan March 10th 2014

14 December, 2012 Waving goodbye to Sudan, we headed off into the Egyptian dark. Originally the agreed plan had been to stop at Abu Simbel, only 20km or so from the border but the Egyptians now had other ideas and wanted us to continue all the way to Aswan. Feeling terrible for Suse and Nat up the front, the three of us in the back rugged up in sleeping bags and blankets and dozed, only sitting up when we arrived in the town. It was almost 1am and Suse was exhausted, having been unable to convince the police that she was too tired to continue. We parked near a train station on the outskirts of town and Suse slept in the front while the four of us spread out in the back and fought with mosquitos ... read more
Felucca with friends, Aswan
Hieroglyphs, Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel

Africa » South Africa » Free State » Bloemfontein March 10th 2014

Mountain Zebra National Park to Gariep Dam (245 km or 152 miles), Sunday afternoon, March 9th. Left the Park behind and traveled on N-10/R32 named the Merino route for the breed of sheep raised in this area. The countryside in this part of South Africa seems very arid and reminds us of Utah, Montana, and Arizona with lots of butte type formations. Lots of sheep and cattle ranches. Seems strange to look out among the cattle and see an ostrich or two. Lots of construction along this route. We were fascinated to watch the women personing the “right of way” haul a yellow plastic barrier on wheels back and forth across the lane to be stopped. About 200 km into the day’s drive, near the town of Colesburg, we came to an Engen One Stop with ... read more
1403-171 Rocks carefully laid to shut down already paved road
1403-172 Wyoming or Montana perhaps
1403-173 Or maybe Nevada

Africa » Kenya » Western Province March 9th 2014

Yesterday, Saturday, it was time to move on for the final few days. Ben collected me from the Owitis home at 7a.m. Wiinnie was up to say goodbye and Peter and Meg from the staff had insisted on making me breakfast. The same taxi and Lillian and Janny inside. I had said that I wanted to take them all to Nairobi for the weekend. This would be our final time together since I have insisted that I am not going back to Kenya even though it and it's people are so wonderful. We caught the 8 o'clock bus on which we had booked. I was in the window seat on the same side as the driver. There was a great deal of road construction going on with many stretches of single lane with a shoulder. Gasoline ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Gordon's Bay March 9th 2014

An interesting week! Wednesday we met up with some "Scotiabankers" in Cape Town. Debra worked with Chris and Jan Little and they are touring South Africa. We had a nice dinner with them at the Victoria and Albert waterfront. In advance of meeting up with Chris and Jan, we took a 2 hour tour of the Cape Town Heart Museum at the Groote Shur Hospital (it means Big Barn and was a farm owned by Cecil Rhodes who gave it to Cape Town to build a new hospital). Dr. Christian Barnard conducted the 1st human heart transplant in 1967. This was very interesting and informative tour of an amazing event that took place 47 years ago. The tour and presentations were very well done and included a re-creation of the operating theatres in which the transplant ... read more
Operating Room -- 1st heart transplant
The Heart recipient
Arabella Golf Course

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