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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town July 16th 2019

Our day began with an 8:15 a.m. departure following another hearty breakfast at The Portswood. We headed south from Cape Town towards Muizenburg, which put us on the Atlantic coast. From here, it would be a series of quick and scenic stops to admire beautiful coastal views and/or wildlife. Our ultimate destination was the Cape of Good Hope/Cape Point--the southwesternmost point on the African Continent. First, the wildlife: Though we did not see any sharks or baboons, signs pointed to trouble with both species. After heading uphill from a beautiful beach, we encountered a "shark spotter" shack, looking over the swimmers and surfers to track any approaching shark dangers. Near the "shark shack," another sign warned us that baboons "are dangerous WILD animals - DO NOT FEED - Keep doors locked and windows closed." We continued ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town July 15th 2019

Hello, and Greetings from a new Continent. Yesterday, we did well on a 11-1/2 hour flight from Paris to Cape Town. Our guide, Andre, met us at the airport and transported us to our hotel, which was a huge upgrade from the small rooms we had experienced in Paris. This place is very nice. We socialized a bit and called it a night. Today, we got up to enjoy one of the best breakfast buffets in a long time, including cooked-to-order omelettes. We really enjoyed it and it was good enough that lunch was unnecessary. Andre picked us up and gave us a brief orientation to the V & A Waterfront area before we headed up the Lion's Head Mountain. Normally, tours here take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain, but at this ... read more
Cape Town
Lion Head Mountain

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

No motorbikes allowed. Great Day Visit. We entered the gate at Colchester (the Matyholweni Entrance Gate) from Port Elizabeth side and exit the gate in the north close to the Addo Main Camp on the Paterson Road. It is possible to do the trip in one day and you are guaranteed to see the elephants although definitely less than on previous visits. A lot of other animals to be seen and also a great bird life. On entry get a map which include a game, that allocate points to each animal and it makes it interesting and keep you wide awake. The one with the most points is obviously the winner. A lot of photo opportunities. No motorbikes allowed because of the presence of lion in the park.It is really worth a visit.... read more
Burchell's Zebra
Female Kudu's

Africa » South Africa June 21st 2019

Since I got two month off between contracts I decided to join a volunteer program. I found a marine conservation program me through a website called Mighty Roar that sounded pretty good and since I am seriously into whale watching I felt it was a good idea. The organisation I am volunteering for is called Orca. It is a small organisation consisting of a couple of researchers and volunteers. I traveled from Cape Town to George Airport where I got picked up and were driven to Plettenberg Bay. A small town near the coast on the Western Cape. All the volunteers are staying in a holiday house in a quiet area near the beach. The area seems fairly safe during the day and the town center is only a small hike up the hill. Also during ... read more
humpback fin

Africa » South Africa June 21st 2019

So we started out today early because rain was expected and headed down to the Cape of good hope. We walked to the lighthouse and saw where the Atlantic meets the Indian Ocean. Read about the Flying Dutchman legend and how it came about. From there we headed to wherever the penguins are. had Lunch in a cute little town by the ocean. There was a bit of penguin drama after the mating dance led to a bit of hanky panky on the beach. The male ran off with his buddies afterwards leaving the poor female forlornly waiting for him to come back. It was too easy to give human context to the situation. The winds picked up so went wine tasting rather than hike up another mountain. Wine tasting pours here are about half a ... read more

Africa » South Africa June 20th 2019

We arrived in Cape Town last night and are staying at this cute B&B. However, we realized after we arrived that we aren’t really b&b people. All the cute decor, old creaky and incredibly slippery floors, single beds.....Sigh. Having been off the grid for 3 days, we both needed to check in on work so we spent a couple hours getting caught up before heading for dinner. We walked over and had a lovely dinner at the Kloof Street House. (Ubered back though as the dark streets made us nervous.) Don ordered the ostrich which he really enjoyed but I was thrilled with basic gnocchi. After dinner we came back and promptly fell asleep. We have a private driver today who will be taking around various places. Now we have to go join the creating the ... read more

Africa » South Africa June 20th 2019

This morning, after a nice breakfast, we headed out to Robbens Island to visit the prison where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years. It was fascinating to learn about the history of the island and all of its uses. Following that, we headed out to wine country for lunch and a tasting. We went to a winery called Jordon which had both great food and a view of the valley. We headed back to the city and took the cable car up Table Mountain. After watching the stunning views we just got back to our room where we’ll make a dinner plan. ... read more

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 » Western Cape June 10th 2019

Since I got two month off between work I decided to go to South Africa for a couple of weeks to volunteer. But before I head over to Plettenberg Bay to join the programn I decided to go on a little safari from Cape Town. I booked a 2 day road trip to see the big 5. I went with a tour operator called hotspots2c and could not have chosen a better tour. Even though our group was fairly quiet, our tour guide was fantastic. He was very chatty and made sure we were taken care off on our trip. Uriel was very knowledgeable and even provided us with snacks throughout our journey. The first day we stopped for a coffee in Mossel Bay and then we headed on our first game drive at Botlierskop game ... read more
Lions just chilling

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