Page 11 of AfricaBound Travel Blog Posts

We consider ourselves pretty lucky to have had the opportunity to go back to the Ngorongoro Crater during this trip. Although I have to admit, I think the first time through we had amazing luck with the animals, which we didn't quite have this time around. Although we did see a Serval hunting not too far from our vehicle, which was pretty neat. The Ngorongoro Crater is still by far one of the better places for viewing wildlife. The park is smaller, which generally means that the animals are easier to spot, and they tend to be closer to the road (better opportunities for photos). ... read more
Crater 1
Crater 3
Crater 2

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Franschhoek July 23rd 2008

To finish off our month off in South Africa, we decided to spend a few days wine tasting in the Franschhoek/Stellenbosch area. We figured it was appropriate considering how much we've enjoyed the South African wines (especially the pinotage and shiraz) We planned on limiting our wine tasting to a maximum of two wineries per day. One of our favorite wineries that we visited was the Simonsig winery in Stellenbosch. Our daily schedule looked something like this: 7am - woke up, ate breakfast at the hostel 9am - checked email 10am - went for coffee and decided which wineries to visit 12pm - ate lunch (usually at a winery) 2-4pm - wine tasting 7pm - cooked supper back at the hostel. On the last day before flying back to Nairobi, we decided to head back into ... read more
Winelands 5
Winelands 4
Winelands 10

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Gansbaai July 19th 2008

This is probably the most spontaneous thing that we've done on our trip so far. We had initially planned a few days in the Hermanus region for whale watching and never even considered diving with the sharks. When we met a really nice couple at the backpacker's lodge in Oudtshoorn, they had just come from Gansbaai and they couldn't stop talking about it. We immediately went online and booked accommodation and a diving trip following their recommendations. We're so happy that we did, because it was one of the most amazing experiences that we've had (so good that we actually went two days in a row). It's not possible to describe the feeling when you're under water staring at the largest predator of the sea and it comes right at you bumping the cage with it's ... read more
Real close
Jordan in cage
Kathie in cage

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Hermanus July 17th 2008

We woke up super early from our base in Kleinbaii and drove to Betty's Bay to see the penguin colony. We enjoyed the ones in Cape Town so much that we just had to see more. Here was a much different experience as we literally had the place to ourselves. After a windy morning visiting the penguins we headed to Hermanus for lunch and spent the afternoon watching the Southern Right Whales from the shoreline.... read more
Photo 8
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape July 16th 2008

We finally made it to the southern tip of Africa! Pretty much just a photo op here, but it was interesting meeting a couple of guys that were just beginning a trans-african journey on motorbikes (a-la Ewan McGreggor and his buddy in the Long Way Down).... read more
Agulhas 2
Agulhas 3
Agulhas 4

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Oudtshoorn July 15th 2008

We heard reports of poor weather for the coast, so we decided to head inland away from the Garden Route and take the alternative Route 62 from Oudtshoorn to Robertson. Oudtshoorn is the Ostrich capital of the world and is also the gateway to the Cango Caves. The caves were cool and the Ostrich was delicious. In Robertson we treated ourselves to a wine-tasting tour where we visited four wineries and it was probably a good thing that we didn't have to drive. The best part about Route 62 is the beautiful landscape of the Klein Karoo.... read more
Cango 3

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Plettenberg Bay July 12th 2008

Since leaving the Wild Coast we've been working our way down the sunshine coast. Our stops have included East London, Port Elizabeth, Jeffrey's Bay, and Plettenberg Bay. East London and Port Elizabeth, although very nice cities, were just a couple stops to break up the driving and do some shopping and laundry. We stopped at Jeffrey's Bay on the morning of the 10th to check out the first day of competition for the Billabong Pro surfing competition that was going on at Supertubes beach. Much bigger waves and better tricks than we saw in Durban, it was good entertainment but the weather was super cold and windy. That afternoon we continued on to Plettenberg Bay along the Garden Route. For the past two days we've stayed here enjoying the relaxed atmosphere and whale/dolphin watching. We took ... read more
Port Elizabeth Beach
Plett 9
Plett 10

Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Port St Johns July 7th 2008

The Wild Coast is described as the "real" africa that most travellers to South Africa miss. It's a lot more remote and un-developed compared to the rest of the country and the coastline is beautiful. We had initially planned on about 5 days to explore the wild coast but found that after a couple of days it was time to move on. It was very beautiful and quiet; we probably would have stayed longer except that when we arrived in Coffee Bay, the place was booked up due to a music festival. So now we're taking a day in East London to catch up on things. The nicest setting was The Kraal at Mpande where dolphins and humpback whales could be seen from the viewpoint on top of the hill. The food and accomodation were overpriced ... read more
2nd Beach
Wild Coast

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Durban July 4th 2008

Now for something completely different. We've probably overloaded on the animal photos for a while, so the next part of our trip will not likely have much in the way of game parks. We will, however, be looking to photograph some of the ocean wildlife at some point. Durban was a nice place to relax and get used to the idea of having our own transportation. Okay, maybe it wasn't so relaxing at first. We arrived at the Durban airport at night and after finally tracking down the rental car desk we set off in search of our hotel. For some unknown reason, we broke from our normal trend of Kathie as the driver and Jordan as the navigator (which worked well in Europe and Florida). We have learned from this mistake and from now on, ... read more
Wipe out
Spice Market 1

Africa » South Africa » Limpopo » Hoedspruit July 3rd 2008

This is the safari experience that we've been looking forward to for a long time. It's the complete opposite to our past couple of game parks where we were in an overland vechle full of 18 people. We had planned on staying at a nice tented camp at the Edeni Private Lodge, but we were surprised by a nice upgrade to one of the 5 star luxury cabins (big thanks to our travel agent!). In total we had 6 game drives on the private reserve plus a full day excursion into the Kruger National Park. We took so many pictures, but have decided to focus on the cats in this blog because we finally broke the curse (haven't seen big cats for a long time)! It was fitting that for both our first evening and our ... read more
Lion cub
Big male

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