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Africa » South Africa September 30th 2017

That was a quick three weeks. We are currently on our way home from a fantastic three weeks in Africa. Our final destination was Cape Town and then Franschoek in the Winelands area outside Cape Town. It was six days of R&R before we return to reality. But let me pick up where we left off, post Botswana. On the final day of our safari we enjoyed our final game drive in the Chobe National Park, and then headed for the Zambian border. The border is actually a river so we crossed it by small boat. Most people and vehicles cross it via car ferry. There was a huge line up of trucks waiting to cross the border. KK told us that some drivers will wait up to a week in the queue!! Once over the ... read more
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Africa » Botswana September 24th 2017

It has never occurred to me that the 'Big Five' list of Rhinoceros, Elephant, Lion, Leopard and Water Buffalo was actually named as the five most difficult to shoot in Africa. I find that a bit offensive, so I'm going to create my own list of animals, and have called it 'the magnificent seven'. These seven have only been shot by a camera, rather than a gun! My seven are: Leopard We were lucky enough to see two leopards on separate game drives. They are very shy so our view of them was rather fleeting, but it was fantastic to see them in the wild. Elephant We saw hundreds of elephants during the safari. At our last location on the Chobe River there were hundreds heading to the river in the late afternoon. It was an ... read more
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Africa » Botswana September 24th 2017

Baby animals are fantastic to watch. We were lucky enough to see quite a few on this trip. According to KK quite a few of the animals we encountered do not have their babies until the wet season which is in the summer months. This is to increase the survival rates for herd animals like Impala, Zebras and others. So we saw quite a lot of pregnant animals. Baby elephant The baby elephants were particularly engaging because you can see them learning from their parents and other herd members. It's also great to watch when the herd is moving, because the parents protect the babies from harm like our waterhole scene. Over the eight days of the safari we saw hundreds of elephants but we never tired of watching the family interactions. Baby Hippo Hippos spend ... read more
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Africa » Botswana September 24th 2017

No superlatives can really capture Africa. It's vast, rich, fantastic, hot, remote, amazing and so much more. I'm writing this at our camp during our hot lunchtime siesta. It won't be posted for another week because there is no internet in this remote place. I'm quite happy about that. It serves to remind me what life was like just 15 or so years ago when we didn't carry smart phones as an extension of our arms!! Our all Aussie tour group comprises eight people, five of whom are part of the Hobson family, hence the name of this post. Siblings Peter, Ian and Carol are travelling with Peter's wife Vicky and Carol's partner Brian. Ian and Carol are twins and are undertaking the trip to celebrate their 60th birthdays. The eighth member of the group is ... read more
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Africa » Rwanda September 15th 2017

We reached Rwanda after two rather long days of travel, via Johannesburg for one night. I was beginning to wonder if it would be worth it to go all that way to see a group of gorillas. I'm pleased to say my doubts were unfounded. In fact our short visit to Rwanda was much more than a visit with some amazing primates. We arrived at Kigali, the capital of Rwanda in the evening and were collected from the airport by our guide Fred who would look after us very capably for the next few days. Fred took us to a very fancy hotel via a brief city tour. Kigali proved to be a bustling city which in parts looked surprising modern and groomed. We settled in for the night in our five star digs and enjoyed ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Sydney Airport September 10th 2017

Today we head off on an adventure to a new continent for both of us - Africa. I've been keen to visit Africa for many years and I've finally persuaded Phillip to join me on my dream holiday. We're flying to Joburg then on to Rwanda for the first phase of our holiday. In Rwanda we'll visit those famous 'Gorillas in the Mist' and do another tour to see some Golden Monkeys. Then it's back to Joburg for a quick stopover and on to Botswana for a ten day camping safari that takes in the Okavango Delta, Chobe and Victoria Falls. We then fly to Cape Town for six days of rest and relaxation, wineries, great restaurants and gorgeous scenery. So the camera gear is packed alongside the anti-malaria tablets. I'm writing and posting this in ... read more
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