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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town » Green Point May 24th 2019

Why oh why did we buy that damn duty free gin and vodka ?!We are now starting to realise what a millstone it is around our neck getting on and off aeroplanes and hauling it around airport lounges, resting up between flights and then getting back on again.OK.so it was mainly the 5 hours wait in damn uncomfortable seats at Singapore airport that is bringing this nightmare to the surface. And all for a saving of a couple of bucks on each bottle. And now we have to drink it before we get to the safari stage of the BBA V4 as you are not supposed to take your own booze. Secretly though we are stockpiling, well 2 any way, 1 litre tonic bottles for whatever we have left of the gin and vodka by then. ... read more
The gin and tonic terrace
View towards V & A and Cape of Good Hope
Table Mountain from V & A

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....
Hyena

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town April 10th 2019

Welcome back. Cape Town has been an absolute joy and we have loved the freedom and the feel of the city. We have stayed at Greenpoint about a 30 minutes walk to the V&A waterfront, which is one of the vibrant parts of the city. As most of you know we make our money stretch by staying in 2 and 3 star places which are clean and comfortable. This place is in a great location and there is plenty of space, big lounge , kitchen, fridge and free laundry. However like much of South Africa it is all top show, not quite clean enough, there is a culture of just doing enough, and poor attention to detail. In some parts of Joburg there were ridiculous numbers of staff in cafes and restaurants but only a third ... read more
African penguins
Protea
Robben island from Table Mountain

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
Zebras
Chris and the biggest Tiger fish
Just a tiddler

Africa » South Africa March 27th 2019

Greetings from South Africa! We left Casas Nuevas on Wednesday 20th March, dropped of at the bus station in Murcia by our friend Tony. A six hour bus journey to Madrid was uneventful but could have done with more than one 10 minute stop . Our flight to Joburg was at midnight so we had plenty of time to have a leisurely meal in the airport. A very tasty meal in a quiet corner was perfect. The flight was not even half full so I stretched out and slept across the middle seats. When we got to Joburg the airport was pretty efficient and in about 45 minutes we had our bags and a Visa stamp. Chris had arranged a transit to our b&b , always good to see someone with your name on a piece ... read more
Cottage Kruger
Plunge pool
Fabulous Ethiopian spread

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Garden Route February 20th 2019

Like the ears of a horse, a true traveller is always alert to new places to visit. My South African colleague excitedly spoke of Capetown and even suggested the fantastic business class experience of Eithiopian Airways with a welcome drink of Champagne. I was sold on the spot. Nearer to my date of departure, Eskom, the sole electricity provider of Capetown went bust and needed to be rescued through government funding. Capetown was also facing long term water shortage from relatively dry summers. There had been massive fires and biomes had been destroyed. ( The wind direction was funny as some houses got fully burnt while the others next to it stood as good as new). The omens were not entirely good but can anything stop a determined traveler? I booked a 4 star hotel only ... read more
Cape Nature Reserve
Blood red orange juice
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Africa » South Africa January 21st 2019

Once I wrote the phrase "I'll never want to go to Africa". Ten years later I've visited Kenya, South Africa and Morocco and dreaming about more. There is so much to see there - snowy beaches of Zanzibar, the mysterious desert of Namibia, timeless flow of the Nyles... Meanwhile I'll give an advice to those, who like me are afraid of this wild continent - start with South Africa. You will find yourself in Britain of the 19th century. And it's not a joke. It's about everything from the weather to the traditional English breakfast. And if you'll add incredible views, impeccable service, excellent wine and food - you'll feel like in heaven img=https://static.wixstatic.com/media/1b3c2c_5bf62c89fd6948a9892164af3be7e7a8~mv2.jpg/v1/fill/w_550,h_312,al_c,q_80,usm_0.66_1.00_0.01/1b3c2c_5bf62c89fd6948a9892164af3be7e7a8~mv2.webp img=https://static.wixstatic.com/media/1b3c2c_9721fb0b... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Magaliesberg January 21st 2019

Our amazing time in South Africa was coming to an end - at least on this trip. After one last amazing day in the Pilanesberg National Park, in the evening we drove down south again and close to Rustenburg in the Magaliesberg we stayed for one last night at an amazing place. We wanted to spoil us a bit for our last night on the trip and had booked in a amazing countryside guesthouse called Berit's Country Home & Chapel. It is close to the Olifants Nek in a farmers region. In this area of the Magaliesberg there are many, many nice lodges perfect for big events and festivities. This includes weddings. That is why Berit's Country home indeed has an own chapel. And it is beautiful in a stunning location. The owner who welcomed us ... read more
Berit's Country Home & Chapel - what a nice place to stay
ready for the cave in Sterkfontein
car wash


After a terrible, spooky night in our awful accomodation in the Magaliesberg near Rustenburg we got up very early, did not even bother about breakfast but just left this place. At least the peacock greeted us in the morning nicely. The house was really kind of spooky at night. Do not get us wrong, we love remote places to stay. But this house was cracking the whole night. The thunderstorm did not help. The house was huge and we had the feeling that some other souls are walking around at night. So, not much sleep for us. Anyway, the drive out of the beautiful landscape in this area in the early morning hours was wonderful. We were heading further north, Pilanesberg National Park it was. After a fantastic time in South Africa so far we did ... read more
Markus enjoying the views over Pilanesberg
star picture of a "bush chicken"
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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Magaliesberg January 17th 2019

The time with our spiritual master, Paramahamsa Vishwananda, was slowly coming to an end. But there was still one highlight to come. We went with him on safari. By car together with our friends we drove up north of Johannesberg into the Magaliesberg range, a beautiful mountain region famous among the city people during weekends. It was a weekday, so traffic was easy and after about 1 hour away from Emmarentia we arrived at the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre. We payed our entrance and waited for Paramahamsa Vishwananda and the rest of the group to arrive for the safari. Meanwhile we were treated with tea and coffee as much as we liked and enjoyed the tranquil bush atmosphere. It was good to be outside the city again. After a while the group arrived, but no ... read more
Paramahamsa Vishwananda leaving
Magaliesberg south area near Rustenburg
Ann van Dyk Cheetah Reserve




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