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Africa » South Africa » Limpopo » Sabi Sand October 9th 2018

“There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne - bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.” - Karen Blixen Being from the U.S., we’ve come quite a ways to take in African wildlife so we decided to stay at two safari camps in South Africa and one in Botswana. This is not unusual at all from the people we’ve encountered. We have already been to all three as we are a bit behind on our blogging, but would share with you our favorite location was Notten’s Bush Camp in the Sabi Sands area, which is part of the Kruger National Park. This is certainly not to disparage the other camps, but we both agree that Notten’s was our ... read more
Don't mess with me I'm a Rhino
Love the leopards
We might be too close

Africa » South Africa » Limpopo » Timbavati Nature Reserve October 6th 2018

“I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy” – Ernest Hemingway Somewhere we read the words below and it gave us pause about the life in South Africa, “On these grounds, the plains of Africa we come in search of animal sightings. We are not at the zoo and these animals are predators. The life in their clan or their pride is a life of survival, eat or be eaten.” Poignant……and very sobering. We are writing to you from the Simbavati River Lodge which is located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. We are on “the hunt” for all animals big and small that inhabit this rustic and sparse part of the world. Most refer to it as ... read more
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Love the Giraffes
An elegant Leopard!

Africa » South Africa » Limpopo April 28th 2018

Thursday morning we left Bulembu with tears in our eyes and a bit of our heart staying behind. Cathie said it best when we got there that she felt small there like when she stands in front of the ocean. There is something there in those mountains that is captivating. God had blessed them with this location and blessed us by calling us there. We hit the road just before 8 because the border doesn’t open until then and Bulembu is right on the border. We had to get out of the van and go through the control office to get our exit stamps, drive through a short no mans land (we decided we should claim it for Canada since at that point all the people in it were Canadian), then get out of our van ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Limpopo » Mabula Game Reserve April 8th 2018

Going on a safari in Africa is one of those remarkable once in a lifetime experiences that really brings everything into perspective. This is how life is meant to be; free, wild, and untamed, with an indescribable beauty. A balance of thunder and silence. From the slithering centipede, to the towering giraffe. From the lightning fast cheetah, to the patient tortoise. All living in a simple balance. Out here on this wildlife reserve, we could actually sense the peace. If only everywhere on earth was this idyllic and unspoiled. I couldn't help feeling a range of emotions here, from excitement to sometimes sorrow... wishing all animals could live this safely and freely without the fear of poaching and destruction of their habitat. We learned so much on our safaris, now seeing animals will never be the ... read more
Magestic and surreal
Perched and pretty
I see you

Africa » South Africa » Limpopo » Hoedspruit September 23rd 2017

Wat vertraging bij het verzenden, maar hier zijn we! Deel 2 : The North-West & Kruger Dag 14 : Maandag 18/09/2017 Naar Madikwe Game Reserve Vroeg op, verlaten we Pretoria voor de grote drukte. In Zeerust (waar halen ze die naam toch vandaan? Je bent hier ruim 700 km van de zee verwijderd!) even stoppen om te tanken en een koffietje te drinken in 'the best coffee shop in town'. De charmante uitbaatster - Vanessa - heeft waarschijnlijk een carrière in het theater gemist, maar haar koffie, opgediend met een schitterende glimlach, mag er inderdaad welzijn. We beloven haar dan ook op de terugweg nog even binnen te springen... Dan richting Noord, richting Botswana. Madikwe Game Reserve, hoewel dichter bij Jo'burg dan Kruger (en malariavri... read more
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2017-09-19_Wilde hond 1
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Africa » South Africa » Limpopo » Entabeni Game Reserve July 21st 2017

Don't ask if we love our new home....my only regret, is that we didn't move here earlier! We had to do some administration duties in Pretoria last week. so after three full weeks of school holidays and diving with Tiffany, we dropped her to school on Monday and drove the next 5 hours up country to Pretoria. We stay a total of three nights at the Sheraton Pretoria. As explained before, the hotel is a bit of a joke when it comes to service....but let say they start to know us and are a little more cautious...making it a cheap and decent stay. on Tuesday, I ended up playing Pecanwood. The course has been designed by Jack Nicklaus, 45 minutes West of Pretoria, and ranked in the top 40 of golf courses in South Africa....green fee ... read more
We had a pretty comfortable room
Female lion and a white rhino....on the same pic!
Awesome Legend golf course!

Africa » South Africa » Limpopo » Vaalwater June 19th 2017

May 2017 I’ve decided to add another job title to my CV. What do you do when friends ask you to look after their place for them for two weeks while they travel to a remote part of Botswana? Of course you oblige. After all, what’s the problem with looking after a few animals, their property and their house? That’s not so difficult, is it? Besides, it’s an enchanting place. A while back we camped at a peaceful place called Matamba Bush Camp. It is an exclusive bush camp in the Waterberg, just a short drive outside Vaalwater. A delightful couple, Alan and Sue, have made this place unique and very special. Once you’ve camped there you’d be hard pressed to find a better place to stay. There are only 2 camps, Tau and Mara. Tau ... read more
Autumn colours in the bushveld
Path leading to our campsite
Campers having fun

Africa » South Africa » Limpopo December 4th 2016

The PhD brought me to South Africa. Fieldwork to date had involved two month-long trips to Ethiopia last year and now I was on the hunt for another type of shallow aquifer with the potential to provide water for irrigation rather than relying on increasingly inconsistent rains. The timing was unfortunately impeccable as southern Africa is currently (in November 2016) two years into its worse drought since records began a little over a hundred years ago. Whereas in Ethiopia I went and did most of the fieldwork alone, the people I was collaborating with in South Africa said this would not be possible here. The crime rate is high which you are constantly reminded of by the electric and razor wire fences surrounding households, private security companies patrolling about, and advice to never go anywhere ever ... read more
Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point and False Bay in the distance
Wild dogs!!
Stellenbosch

Africa » South Africa » Limpopo » Hoedspruit June 17th 2016

Geo: -24.349, 30.9542After a great morning, we went back to the camp and decided we would sign up for a sunset drive. The cost was about 255 rand or $17 a person. Starts at 4pm and runs until 7pm. Our driver/guide checks us all in and takes us to the vehicle. It is one of those big vehicles but the nice thing is there are two seats, aisle, two seats all the way to the back of the vehicle. We did not know it when we started the drive, but they have two spotlights, one use by driver on the right hand side and one by one of the customers on the left. Right as we were leaving, a man came up to the driver and told him about a kill "a short distance up the ... read more
"If you want  Big Harry Scary Things Let Me Drive"
"If you want  Big Harry Scary Things Let Me Drive"
"If you want  Big Harry Scary Things Let Me Drive"

Africa » South Africa » Limpopo » Phalaborwa June 8th 2016

Geo: -23.95, 31.117.Need pics of camp gateOne South African described Letaba as a paradise compared to the camps further south. It has big trees and lots of palms is scenic. We always enjoy camping there though.not much big game but lots of neat birds (goliath, saddlebill, maribou stork drove toward Mopani and saw a secretary birdWe have always enjoyed camping at Letaba but were a little worried this year because of the drought and would there be any water in the river when we got there. Letaba is usually the furthest north we go in the park to camp.Many of the South Africans we talked to said Letaba was a paradise compared to the parks further south. The landscaping around the campground is very lush compared to some of the others and there are some nice ... read more
Letaba Rest Camp
Letaba Rest Camp
Letaba Rest Camp




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