Blogs from Gauteng, South Africa, Africa


Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg April 15th 2020

I don't believe it's been 5 years since I last posted anything. I guess Life got in the way but I promise travelling never stopped. The current Pandemic got me thinking about what freedom really means, Freedom of movement, freedom of choice , freedom to hug , freedom to decide what and where to eat !!! I never knew what it really meant to live in global community, The Covid 19 really proves how much of a community we really are. Yes we might have boarders that divide us , Yes we might need visas to visit each other depending mostly on which passport you hold 😁, if you are from Africa like me then you definitely need a looooot of "visas" hahaha enough shade. The lockdown started in China and I remember watching the news ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg November 29th 2019

We arrived from Hoedspruit, South Africa and are now in Johannesburg waiting to board our flight to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where we have a 5 hour layover. We flew through here in our way to Cape Town so I’m not looking forward to hanging out in their lounge until our flight to London takes off at midnight. See you in Ethiopia.... read more
Johannesburg Airport

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg September 26th 2019

Hello everybody, and welcome to my travel blog! :) As i'm lucky enough to be travelling the world for work -and for leisure too- i thought it would be a good idea to start a blog and to share my adventures, experience and my tips with you lovely people. If you're a travel addict, you're up for adventures, looking for tips and places to see or things to do, or don't get the chance to travel, but would like to see the world through other travellers' eyes, I'm your person. I also love sports, so there will be occasions when I share training tips, hiking or cycling ideas. The things you won't read about very often are museums. Not because I don't like them, but as my visits are normally short, there isn't enough time to ... read more
Giraffe spotting
Giraffe spotting

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng September 24th 2019

Even though we left the Thornybush Game Reserve today, there was still a 5am wake up call, bags out at 6!! And then there was the excitement of the morning - a frog in the shower! Lucky it was when Trina was in there and not me! We have had a great three days, in our lovely room (except for the frog), and seeing the Nyala {yet another sort of antelope) all around as we walk to and from our room. One of the males seemed to be always at our front door or on the footpath between us and where we wanted to go! We were transported by the same mini buses back to Hoedspruit (they were bumpier than the jeeps, speeding down the corrugated dirt "roads"). Three giraffe were near the roadside to say ... read more
The Nyala that were always wandering around
Sitting at the back of our room
Bourke's Luck Potholes

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg July 9th 2019

After our overnight flight, London to Johannesburg, Ron thought it a good idea to be picked up from the airport for a half day tour instead of going straight to our hotel. Our driver took us to Soweto where we learnt of the history of the struggle to abolish apartheid. We visited Mandela’s home, the Hector Pietersen museum and Walter Sisulu square. We enjoyed a lunch of local cuisine with a cold beer on Vilakazi Street which is the only street to have been home to two Nobel piece prize winners, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. ... read more
Walter Sisulu square
Walter Sisulu Square
Monument to the Freedom Charter

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Kempton Park June 16th 2019

We awoke earlier as usual although we would have struggling to make a morning game drive had it been on our agenda for the day as it was just after 5.30am.It is going to take some time before we get back to waking later although it isn’t really going to be necessary to get too much change to our timing as we are both back to work the day after we get back to Tauranga. We took the luxury of staying in bed and listening to the afternoon talk back on Newstalk ZB(well you do have to keep up with a bit of news) We caught up with the Aussies at breakfast who had done the boat cruise yesterday while we went on the game drive. They were heading for Victoria Falls this morning while we ... read more
Our neighbours
Ancient baobao tree in the hotel lobby area
Another hotel view

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Kempton Park June 10th 2019

We didn’t actually get the extra hour of sleep this morning before our wakeup call because as usual we awake well before although we did lie in bed and listened to Newstalk ZB on Iheart Radio to catch up on the talkback in NZ.It was late afternoon at home and it had been a while since we had had such a sustained listen. For the first time in 3 days I had mastered the shower controls and had an even temperature shower for all the time I was in there. The water is heated by gas and it appeared as though the gas flowed and then stopped before starting again but this time is was all go !Gretchen was pleased when it came her turn to prepare for the day. All the others staying at the ... read more
All the comforts of home inside
View from our deck
Water source for Lisbon Falls

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg June 3rd 2019

Dawn was breaking as I drew back the curtain to check on the status of the weather and was pleased to see it was another fine sky overhead which should make for a pleasant flight north to Johannesburg so we can position ourselves ready to head to Kruger National Park tomorrow. Again, although the bed was firm we both had a good night’s sleep with the added bonus that there was no early morning phone call from Auckland from someone who had found ‘our wandering dog’. With the car to be dropped off at Port Elizabeth airport this morning we have spent a bit of time condensing our possessions so the it fits again into a suitcase and a backpack each and that includes the gin and vodka that we still have left. We have done ... read more
Summerstrand where the homes are all behind tall walls
Port Elizabeth airport waiting for an incoming aircraft or two
Safari Club SA,Johannesburg,our overnight stay.We will be back 2 more times before we head home

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng May 9th 2019

On each trip I try and do a bit of reflection on the general feel of the trip. Let me remind you though that these are my own personal feelings based on what I have seen and experienced in the last seven weeks. Some of you will have visited Southern Africa and have different views I would love to hear what you thought. It's been a trip we have talked about for 4-5 years but taken time to be right for us to do. Just about a year ago from our start date Chris had his knee replacement and I was travelling in Cambodia and Vietnam on my own as he wasn't fit enough to do this type of trip. So having waited so long was it worth waiting for? Overall I would say yes but ... read more
Hippo in the estuary
Never smile at a crocodile....

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng April 3rd 2019

Hi, I started writing this back in Joburg after an amazing trip to Kruger. I could write a book about our five nights there but I will have to pick out the highlights for you. Chris's choice of accommodation at Foxy Crocodile Bush retreat was fabulous and we let the owners Mark and Gail organise us, I know that is pretty hard to do but they were good at it. The cottage was great, we chilled in the pool after our activities and loved having food cooked for us. A lovely lady called Gracie works with them and she exudes Grace, she is well named. Wednesday we drove into the nearest town and walked in the street and did some shopping for drinks and lunches and breakfasts. We needed just to chill after the drive from ... read more
Chris and the biggest Tiger fish
Just a tiddler

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