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Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape September 30th 2018

Day 6 This morning we joined our fellow travellers for the start of our Explore trip. There are 4 others plus our guide. Celeste - Canadian ; Keri - Canadian ; Danny - American/Californian ; Nick - English/Cheltenham. Vern, our guide, is probably around 30, Afrikaans, 6 years UK army, then various jobs in other countries including Canada, been guiding for 3 years. He believes in hunting, a necessary, ecological control measure. And believes the way to kill more animals is to become vegan - as the farmers growing 'vegan' crops such as soya and lentils have to shoot hundreds of animals that want to try to eat the crops. But, he is very good at his job. Except that he drives waaay too fast! Transport is an 8 passenger van with drop down side windows ... read more
Our eco-camp
Our roundels
Wild freshia

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

Goedemorgen! Weer even een update over de laatste week. Ik was al bijna even vergeten dat ik hier eigenlijk kom om mijn minor te volgen. Aangezien we rond de 4 uur les per week hebben, vergeet je dit nog wel eens. Maar goed, school is begonnen, en we moeten af en toe hier wat voor doen. Verder had ik samen met een vriend besloten, dat als we hier toch zijn, we beter voor de hele African experience kunnen gaan. Dus, we gingen naar de kapper. Een halve meter haar lichter, vertrok ik hier weer. In het weekend zijn we vertrokken naar Addo. Addo elephant park is het 3e grootse beschermde park in zuid-afrika. We zijn zaterdag ochtend vertrokken naar onze airbnb, wat een 45 min rijden was van het park. 'S middags hebben we een boottochtje ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Port Alfred May 10th 2018

Hoihoi, Ik dacht dat naar Schiphol rijden al lang duurde, 2 uur lang in een auto. Ik kwam erachter tijdens mijn eerste dag reizen, dat deze 2 uur helemaal niks voorstelt. Eerst met toch wel een raar gevoel afscheid nemen van de ouders en broertjelief. Daarna begon het wachten. Eerst 2 uur op Schiphol, daarna naar Londen vliegen. 4 Uur lang wachten in Londen, en toen op naar Johannesburg. 11 Uur lang in een vliegtuig zitten vliegt eigenlijk wel om (ja, woordgrap). Films kijken, door het vliegtuig rondlopen en het overheerlijke voedsel eten wat we kregen geserveerd. Met een stewardess die er wel iets minder zin in had dan wij. Goed, aangekomen in Johannesburg, waar we ook 2 uur moesten wachten, meteen even naar buiten gegaan om de Afrikaanse lucht door de longen te laten gaan. ... 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 » Cintza February 17th 2018

So it’s been a year now since we left our comfortable work-hard-play-hard lives in London, where life was more or less all about work and trying to spend our free time as best as we could. We traded it in for another type of life, where now there is no work at all and all we do is travel. To travel sometimes feels a bit like work we have to admit. For us it is clearly something different than holidays. We have been on the road travelling through 14 countries and we have stayed in 128 different places. We travelled 46.337 kilometres in total of which 22.100 with flights meaning around 24.000 over land and sea. The longest day of travelling by bus was 26 hours but we got really used to travelling long distances and ... read more
Braai masters at work

Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Addo December 22nd 2017

Nukuttiin pitkään. Yöllä satoi vettä. Ajettiin katsomaan läheistä geparditarhaa. Siellä oli aitauksissa myös muita kissaeläimiä. Kävin oppaan kanssa aitauksessa, jossa oli kaksi gepardia. Teijo ei tullut mukaan aitaukseen. Minä ajattelin että kokeillaan kerran opas on mukana. Palatessa tankattiin auto kylässä ja käytiin ostamassa kaupasta vettä ja pullo kuohuviiniä. Laitettiin se majapaikan jääkaappiin tekstillä "Only for Finnish Visitors". Onneksemme majapaikassa ei ollut muita suomalaisia - seuraavana aamuna ilmeni, että kaksi majoittunutta perhettä oli Hollannista, kuten majapaikan isäntäkin. Vietettiin iltapäivä majapaikassa. Kävin altaassa. Mentiin syömään samaan paikkaan kuin kahtena edellisenä iltana. Tässä on majapaikan osoite: Geparditarha: read more

Olimme varanneet puistokierroksen tuolta: Opastettu kierros alkoi klo 8.15 ja päättyi klo 18. Aamiainen oli klo 7, koska ajomatka kesti 40 minuuttia. Näimme norsuja läheltä ja kaukaa. Kerran norsuja meni tien yli auton edestä, kerran ohitimme norsun. Näimme myös puhveleita, antilooppeja, seeproja, strutseja ja pahkasikoja eli "pumbia" - tuttu Leijonakuninkaasta. Autossa oli tarjolla kylmiä juomia. Pysähdyttiin kerran näköalapaikalle kusitauolle. Siellä oli varoituskyltti leijonista, mutta oppaan mukaan leijonia ei ollut nähty siellä vähään aikaan. Klo 13 oli lounas. Oppaat tekivät tulen ja grillasivat kananvartaita ja makkaraa. Autossa oli tilaa kymmenelle mutta meidän lisäksi vain opas. Oppaat viestivät keskenään WhatsApissa, ja saimme vihiä leijonista, joita mentiin katsomaan vauhdilla. Paluumatk... read more

Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Port St Johns July 1st 2017

We walked the 75 k-ish Wild Coast Trail over the first five days of July 2017, beginning at Amapondo Backpackers in Port St. Johns and ending at Sugarloaf backpackers in Coffee Bay. Peggy put it best - that if this walk was our only excursion in South Africa, we would leave satisfied with our trip. The scenery is spectacular and varied, the locals are friendly and accommodating, and every interaction is a cultural experience to an outsider. The weather is near perfect this time of year, with highs in the low 70sF and lows around 50, with clear skies and a low sun. The rolling terrain of the coastline has plenty of steep ups and downs, but none are sustained or overly technical for an average-ability hiker. Our experience was simply wonderful and we can't recommend ... read more
Gutting Shad
Night 2 crew
Peggy teaching yoga

Sometimes not having set plans is the best plan. Meeting the Swiss cyclists on day 2 of my bike trip was pure luck, but led to some of the best times I had on this trip. I had intended to ride to Knysna and then back to Cape Town, but Arnaud and Anouk were going to Addo National Park to see some wildlife and we decided to go together. That meant riding to Jeffrey's Bay, renting a vehicle, driving to Addo together and then I would drive the car back to Jeffrey's Bay and they would continue their trip to Tanzania while I would ride back to Cape Town. Good plan, but with some challenges: first we had to ride to Jeffrey's Bay in one day, which was our longest ride so far, but luckily not ... read more
Cat and Laf
3 happy cyclists
the girls at work

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