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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Plettenberg Bay March 9th 2015

Ok, this is not Addo or Kruger or any of the wild natural spaces where animals roam. Plettenberg Bay game reserve provides a definitely controlled element to the spaces where the lions, cheetahs and wild dogs roam. This is because the reserve is small, just 2,200 Ha and there are dairy farms close by. Bad idea to mix lions and cows. For the cows that is. Also there are imported species with some of the animals being indigenous and some are importations from other African countries. Having said that, if you want to be sure that you WILL see a huge variety of wild life living in open plains, within 2.5 hours on a guided drive.... This place is for you. Even with free roaming Addo under my belt, this place worked magic. Even without elephants ... read more
All the herds mix and mingle
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Plettenberg Bay March 9th 2015

I'm speechless .... Today's experience with three African elephants rescued from traps and my girl Tandy who was cast out from her parade as they could not protect her due to poaching of the adults..... Here the ellies are being taught to overcome the traumas and with success, will one day return to life in the wilderness. Here is the video of that experience which I had at The Crags, in Plettenberg Bay, at the Elephant Sanctuary. Just look. There are no words. http://youtu.be/qzkFgZRkU4I... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Prince Albert March 6th 2015

1). The first link is to video footage of the drive atop the SWARTBERG mountains .... THE PASS that rises 1,585 meters into the skies. (Sorry about my finger and the tip of the iPad cover showing in one corner. A hazard of using the iPad is that exactly such little slip ups will happen. ) The first part of the video is at the base of the pass, driving on the dirt road through the rough rocks beside the river bed. The second part was taken near the top of the pass, with the wind howling around as you can hear! The third part is on the descent when we encountered the troop of baboons in the road. (http://youtu.be/W_x2G9PjY94) 2). The OLIVE TASTING experience, that is ...... before I tasted the olive :) (http://youtu.be/9LLHbDzFH84) 3). ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Prince Albert March 6th 2015

There were just too many photos from the journey to the Karo. I posted the first set of them last night with the blog report and here are the others. I've also got a couple video clips but that could take forever, since I have to put them on my YouTube channel first before I can post the link. Taking up in the photos from where I left off which was in Prince Albert, the town. We went to an olive grove outside of town then continued the journey back home this time taking the highland pass over the Swartberg mountain. Hold on to your seats. We had lunch in Oudtshoorn at Jemimas cafe before I did another tour descending into the Cango Caves, which will be a separate short blog. Here we go........ read more
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Prince Albert March 5th 2015

A "poort" is a way through the mountains at the bottom of the valley. A "pass" is a way across the mountains over the top. Prince Albert is our destination. It's Saturday. We plan to journey from Sedgefield after the Farmer's Market via Meiringspoort with a lunch stop at the quaint little town of De Rust, for an overnight stay at the old town of Prince Albert, returning on Sunday via the Swartberg pass with a lunch stop at Oudtshoorn in the ostrich region. This is the Karoo region, dry, barren, mountainous..There is the promise of hot dry days, nights filled with clear starry skies, and olive farms. What more could anyone ask? The drive through the Meiringspoort was spectacular, endless mile after mile after mile of rugged, rocky overhangs that looked as if they would ... read more
Kinda close and kinda loose
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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Mossel Bay March 4th 2015

At the Point of Human Origins. Mossel Bay, South Africa. One more day engaged in one more truly spell binding activity. I never knew that South Africa was so chock full of wonders, but I'm certainly finding this out. I won't even have scratched the surface when my visit here ends. Today we drove to Mossel Bay (Mossel means the same as mussel or shell fish, like oysters) just over an hour away from our town, along the rugged, sprawling Indian Ocean coastline. We were at a hideous golf course on the cliffs of Pinnacle Point where caves were discovered to contain the earliest relics of antiquity of human activity. We are talking here not about earlier hominids pre-cursors to Homo sapiens, but the oldest location known to have been inhabited by species we would recognize ... read more
Dr. Peter Nilssen archaeologist
A travesty... golf course and casino atop the oldest place of human activity
The caves at Pinnacle Point below the golf course


I Still can't post my video clips directly to the travelblog. I must first upload them to YouTube on my channel, then post the link below Which will take you to the videos on YouTube when you click on it. So here they are, my 3 Addo videos. Sorry, but the Quality of sound is a disaster, can't be helped. I have no audio editing capability but some of the conversations especially in the car were hilarious. So eavesdrop if you like lol. And the Quality of picture for first and third videos were quite good originally, when recorded, but somehow seems to have gone fuzzy in the transfer. I have no idea why or what to do to correct it. 1). Four minutes of pure Ellies ... A parade of elephants romping (http://youtu.be/8ZQ_IHMVrAM) 2). 2 ... read more


Sunrise drive 530am with our guide Sisi. We left without two of the party probably still asleep? I got a front row seat this time yaaayJust one Ellie a giant bull seen as we left the gate.... He had just unloaded in the road a truck load of poop and a flood of pee so the air was rank. It seems that ellies don't show their faces til late morning. Many zebras, and there are different kinds.... One type (the Burchell zebra) has bands which run entirely around its middle, another species has bands which stop at the stomach. It is critical for a mother to bond with her babies at birth before rejoining the group. They must learn her stripe pattern and not make the mistake of going to suckle at the wrong zebra mother ... read more
We own the damn place
Tree trunk near the main reception
So everyone knows what's expected of them


It is true that everyone is captivated by the spell of the chance of seeing a lion. The ellies are to be seen everywhere but not the lions. Lions hold that extra thrill of danger, ellies not. Lions can pounce and eat you. Ellies can't! So there's the imaginary thrill of the chase. There are only 6 adults which were introduced to the park about 10 years ago and they roam freely. However not long ago the park separated (temporarily I think) two lionesses which are roaming behind a new fenced area (the fences are electrified) just beside the Main Camp. And the males will come to look for them when they are ready to mate. So the possibility of knowing where to look with success is higher. The Sunset Drive leaves camp at 530 just ... read more
The electrified perimeter fence at Addo
Two female Kudu
A herd of ellies

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Garden Route March 1st 2015

Playing catch up…. The days in between Time has slipped by, days have slipped by in fact and I've not blogged a word. After the Township tour I felt there was so much to digest that I couldn't just happily jot words down. That process is unravelling now and I'm finding the way to describe those many experiences. Part 1 of the Langa experience is now posted, the others will follow. This is catch up time. In another day’s time we head to Addo the elephant national park which I fully expect will be another whole new memorable series of experiences to be lived and recorded for the blog. So now, catching up …. In the evening after the Kirstenbosch and the Township visits, we were at a “fish braai” at the crazy-nice home of Alan ... read more
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