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Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Port Alfred February 4th 2017

Finally arrived to my home for the upcoming module. The room is very simple but new and clean. On the other hand shower is not working, no wifi and no mirror (a bit dissapointing for the girls). They say that everything should be fixed by the end of next week but in Africa it means much more time so we will see how it works.... read more
Our room

Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Port Alfred February 3rd 2017

So it is time to start my new adventure to South Africa. The journey was long and tiring by thanks to the perfect service of Qatar Airways, it was easy to overcome. Nice food (served a few times during the flight), friendly staff, willing to bring you fresh orange juice from business class and entertainment on the screens helps you not to get bored. Moreover, I was lucky enough to travel from Doha to Johannesberg in quite an empty plane so I could lay down on three seats and sleep well. Wish everyone could have that!... read more
South Africa from air

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town January 26th 2017

As we wait for our evening flight from J'burg to Heathrow, decided to add one last blog. These are from a great 10 day trip in the Capetown area. Capetown is a beautiful waterfront city, often compared to San Diego. The weather was gorgeous, except for our first day when they had incredibly strong winds and gusts. Fortunately it only lasted the day, but did cause a major fire on the outskirts of the city. The visit included taking the cable car up, and in our normal western assumption, thinking it would be easier to just meander/walk down. But I am not sure what part of the granite mountain we would be meandering... We were later to be told, nobody walks down, that's much too hard. It was a very rocky narrow path, but we made ... read more
View from the top of Table Mountain of Capetown
Table Mountain viewed from almost anywhere in the City
Colorful beach shacks for changing in Muizenburg

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park January 16th 2017

I haven't historically written informational blogs, preferring to simply write our travel stories. However, given the general lack of information about travel with kids, I thought I'd try to write a quick overview of each place we have visited in regards to children's activities and family-friendly accommodation. I'll start with Kruger National Park in South Africa. Kruger for Kids Kruger is a very family-friendly place to go on safari. It is much more affordable than its rivals, the Serengeti and Masai Mara in Tanzania and Kenya, and the facilities are far superior, at least on a budget. While park fees top $100/day in Kenya/Tanzania, making it unaffordable to the average family, South Africa National Parks offers a Wild Card deal. We got the international Wild Card and it cost just 4,130 rand (about $300) for unlimited ... read more
Doing their sticker books
Our home in Lower Sabie, the EH5 hut.
Play time!

Africa » South Africa January 13th 2017

Friday 13thJanuary 2017 Well we made it and are finally on our way - Grant went back to the surgeon yesterday, had the rod removed from his finger (which he said was a strange and ouchie experience) and was given the all clear to get it wet and a stern warning not to surf.. It is what it is, but we brought the board anyway.. Yesterday we were advised that we had got an upgrade to business class for the 14 hour flight so that was a blessing! And that’s where I am coming to you LIVE from right now! So yesterday afternoon we dropped Frankie to his minders (Emma and Coby) and said our good byes to Jimmy and set off for Sydney. We chose to stay overnight at the Holiday Inn which gives you ... read more


A trip was planned to drive from Stellenbosch up to the Kruger and back. Its along way! We had planned a night at the Karoo and then 2 nights at Mokala national park, an endangered species breeding facility which is part of SAN parks. We had a tree house booked in Mokala, it was amazing, our own watering hole with no neighbours. It was great, the same amazing standard of facility and cleanliness one comes to expect from SAN parks. We saw many animals coming to our waterhole and enjoyed watching the meerkats from the beds in the morning cleaning out their homes and running around. We did however see the parks and animals at their most desperate, the area was DRY. However all the animals had water to go to, the rain has now come! ... read more
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Mokala Tree House

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Franschhoek December 8th 2016

Finished packing then went for lunch and finished souvenir shopping. Left for airport about 3.30 and booked into lounge as we had a few hours to spare - we decided too old to be sitting in uncomfortable seats waiting till time to board plane. Flight took off at 8.15 (SA time) and arrived Heathrow just after six and eventually in Edinburgh just after 11. We are all shattered but agree we have had a wonderful holiday but as Dorothy from Wizard of Oz said - there's no place like home (until the next adventure). Over and out Eed the Blogger.... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Franschhoek December 7th 2016

Up fairly early after good nights sleep - for me and V anyway. Sleep just so important at our age(lol). Did the hop on hop off wine tour. At first wine farm Fred and Chockey did some wine tasting which involved tasting five different wines. A black bucket(like an ice bucket) is provided so you can swirl the wine round your chops then use the bucket to spit out the surplus - suffice it to say the bucket wasn't used! The third stop was a wine farm called Leopards Leap and we decided to have lunch here- big mistake. This was the first bad meal we have had in three weeks - very disappointing. The building was ultra modern and just not in keeping with what you would expect from a wine farm. We continued the ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town December 6th 2016

Well, none of us feeling too hot this morning but good going for us when first hangover of the holiday is nearly at end of holiday!!. Chockey went off to Paarl after breakfast and Veronica and I did a bit souvenir shopping. Fred did his best impersonation of a half shut knife. After a snooze in the afternoon (yes another one) we got ready to go out for a meal with Claudine and Francis. They came to us after work and had booked a table for 6pm at wine farm called Dieu Donne. We started off on terrace for pre-dinner drinks - the views were stunning. We then went for a stroll after we ordered dinner to take in the views. We thought views from Mont Rochelle were good but this was absolutely beautiful- you would ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Franschhoek December 5th 2016

Well only three full days to go as start travelling home on Thursday. Fred in fine fettle this morning so book our lunch at Miko's, Mont Rochelle. Spent morning sunbathing before getting ready for taxi at 1.15pm. Did I say this was our relaxing week? Well it is and we're making most of it! Taxi driver told us that Richard Branson was only at his wine farm(Mont Rochelle) a couple of weeks ago. Lunch was excellent in the most beautiful surroundings with amazing views. After lunch dropped off in High Street and had drink at pub before moving on to a nicer bar and had couple of glasses of pink bubbly. Fred had a wee dip when started feeling a bit unwell but he soon rallied. Returned to cottage and had a wee party dancing to ... read more
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