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Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Port Elizabeth April 8th 2023

After Durban we have two sea days until we get to Port Elizabeth. The night before we are invited to the Captains Cocktail party. This occurs every three to four weeks. Normally the Captain talks to us about our voyage and tells a couple of marine themed jokes. This time he tells us that there is a special guest on board and introduced Sir Bob Geldof. We are very surprised and Bob Geldof talks about his father who worked on the original Queen Mary. He is going to give a talk before departing at Cape Town. We will miss that because we leave the ship at Port Elizabeth to do a three day safari. We leave the ship and Port Elizabeth and a mini bus is waiting outside for us and one other person. So we ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Port Elizabeth January 27th 2020

After a busy week in Hermanus with relatives Gaye and Jonathan we took a leisurely 10 day road trip along the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth. Parts of the landscape reminded us of Australia: lots of eucalyptus trees, sheep, dry and dusty. The coastal vistas were spectacular. Panoramas: 1. Looking to Hermanus and the Atlantic. 2. Knysna, looking to the Indian Ocean. 3. Knysna Inlet and lagoon.. 4. Storms River, Tsitsikamma Park. 5. Squid or”chokka” fleet. St. Francis. 6. Cape St. Francis light. 7. King’s Beach Port Elizabeth. From here we fly on to Victoria Falls then Kenya and a 6 day safari.... read more
Gaye & Jonathan
Adder Ladder?
Model T

We had both had a good night’s sleep even though the bed was almost as firm as each of the preceding nights we have had since arriving in South Africa just over a week ago. At around 6am all of a sudden the mobile started ringing and at that hour you think the worse from home. Well it didn’t turn out to be anything bad, well at least for us. Rather it was a woman phoning to say she had found our dog wandering past her property and were we aware the dog was missing. After Gretchen took a moment or two to take in what the caller had said she realised that her mobile number is still on the collar of the dog that belongs to our daughter. Gretchen explained we were in South Africa ... read more
The suspension bridge from an other angle
Fellow BBA'er on the bridge
Up the Storms River canyon

Another leisurely start to the day. Bags out and on the bus by 0930. Heading to Port Elizabeth via a few other stops on the way. First stop is at a beach resort called Plettenburg Bay. Steep drive down to the beach where they have a hotel on the waters edge that is in th shape if a ship - sort of. As the tour guide said, it looks like it should be in a James Bond movie. As we watch a whale watching boat is coming into the shore. Big catamaran with lots on board. Flying to the beach, we all say the same thing. He must be going to beach it. Sure enough, straight up into the sand. A guy wheels a stairway out, like a plane and the people climb down. A tractor ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Port Elizabeth March 13th 2018

Here we are....the magic golf road trip! I did it in Scotland while I was 16 years old, and again a year after.....I did short golf road trips years after. But this is the kicking reality...good golf courses when you are not 15 years old are expensive to play...and doing them every day, even twice a day, in some corner of the world like the US and Australia very fast turn into an outrage to your credit card! Then the God of golf created South Africa. The country has over 500 golf courses...and Golf Digest is ranking every two years the top 100....all of them being pretty amazing. As of today, I have play over 40 courses of the current and last 100 top ranking in the country. Bear in mind, 3 of those are ranked ... read more
Elephants in Addo...
Swinging Humewood in Port Elizabeth
Addo National Park

Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Port Elizabeth March 24th 2017

Geo: -33.9366, 25.5709March was a pretty adventurous month in the life of the Unicorn Princess, I experienced some snow and an American St Paddies day which turned into a very disorderly one. I also decided to surprise my dad for his 50th birthday by going home for a week which was definitely worth it after seeing his reaction. I cannot believe I have been here for almost half a year, it feels as though time is flying by way too quickly and I am trying to remember all that has happened and trying to catch my breath at the same time. I left to go back to South Africa on March the 24th as my mother thought that it would be a good idea to reunite the family for dads big 50 and I had other ... read more
Easter Sunday with the lovely Germans
Two of my best friends
Mommy and I

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - 19th April This was to be one of the highlights of the cruise as we were visiting a game reserve for the day. Port Elizabeth is known as the friendly city and has a busy commercial and industrial centre. On the way out of the city we passed numerous new car plants and the new container port, one of the most modern in the world. It has also earned the nickname "Detroit of South Africa" because of its automobile manufacturing. The main trips and tours were for game reserves, there are four close by including the Addo Elephant National Park where there are more than 300 elephants as well as other animals. It is one of South Africa's major tourist attractions. We opted for the Pumba Game Reserve because we had ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Port Elizabeth February 8th 2016

Geo: -33.9366, 25.5709Our third day in Cape Town was again a beautiful one with sunny skies though a cooler breeze. We decided to go into the city itself as it had been 18 years since we had seen it. We caught a taxi from the dock and asked to be dropped at St Georges Cathedral in the centre of the city. This Anglican Cathedral is an imposing stone building in the Gothic style, built in the 1800s. We went inside and admired the soaring stained glass windows and the carved choir stalls.From there we walked along St Georges Mall. As it was a Saturday, there were many market stalls being set up with African souvenirs in abundance. The prices were much lower than at the V&A Dock so we happily browsed and made some purchases. The ... read more
St Georges Mall
Unusual blend of old and new
Greenmarket Square

Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Port Elizabeth March 16th 2015

Een nieuwe week begon alweer maandag, toen zijn we druk bezig geweest met ons verslag dat vrijdag klaar moest zijn, zodat we andere dagen weer leuke dingen konden doen. Dinsdag hadden we een les en daarna weer naar de township om met de mensen van de wasserette te praten. We hadden met ze afgesproken dat ze dit weekend gingen beginnen met handwassen om een klanten bestand een beetje op te bouwen. Nadat we met de mensen van de wasserette hadden gesproken, werden we afgezet in het centrum omdat we nog wat boodschapjes hadden. Daarna liepen we weer terug naar school en vanuit t centrum moet je dan eerst een stukje lopen, daarna stoplichten oversteken en dan een bult oplopen. Naomi en ik stonden inmiddels bij de stoplichten en links zag ik een kleine VW ofzo staan ... read more
Met alle meiden in de safari auto!
Op onze stoere auto
Samen met een leeuw op de foto

Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Port Elizabeth July 5th 2014

En toen was het echt de laatste week op school, wat zijn die weken voorbij gevlogen! Helaas heb ik op dinsdag afscheid moeten nemen van een medestudent en vriend van campus. Na een korte, maar mooie dienst en heel veel tranen waren we terug op campus en gaat het leven ‘weer gewoon door.’ Toch een heel raar idee en gek om zo te zeggen, vooral na dit. Maar hoe gek ook, het is wel de waarheid. Verder heb ik op dinsdag niks meer gedaan en woensdag eigenlijk ook niet. Donderdag ben ik nog samen met 4 vrienden (nog een keer) naar Gambit de Tamme Giraf geweest. Hopelijk wou hij nu wel netjes op de foto met mij! Eerst ging Derwin op de foto, gevolgd door Wiebke en Mark. En ja, ik was aan de beurt! Helaas ... read more
De reis die Chris en ik gaan doen

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