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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town September 7th 2012

After writing my last blog post, I decided to shop, walk, and explore Table View. I thought I would shop a little at Bayside – mostly for a warmer sweater to bundle up for the cold nights in the house. I got a great deal, because all of their winter stuff is on sale, as we are moving into spring in South Africa. Then I wanted to explore, with a plan to eventually get to the beach. Now, from the mall to the beach along the main road takes 10-15 to walk. I decided to see if I could get there on side streets, leaving out of a different exit at the mall. One day I’ll stop trying to explore without a map, embracing my gift for getting lost (aka my spatial disability). But, I want ... read more
Media visit
So much poop
Cleaning the syringes

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town September 4th 2012

After an action-packed 10 days, I was ready for a significantly calmer pace for a few days. As such, I’ll cover my last 3 days in just this one entry. :) :) On Saturday, we had our most hectic morning yet. Our last accommodation was completely booked (meaning no opportunity to upgrade to a private room for the 3 of us), and it was the most “hostel-y” of all. There were 12 people on different bunks (only 5 were our group) in the room, and that particular room had only one bathroom. We also were to report to breakfast at 7am (our earliest of the week). Add to that the fact that most of the people played beer pong the night before, and you can imagine the state of the room and bathroom in the morning. ... read more
Beautiful, no?
Bayside Mall
Relaxing by the pool

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Sedgefield August 31st 2012

Almost like a gift from our guides, on our last full day of our “safari trip”, we got to sleep in, as our breakfast time was 8:30 instead of the usual 7:30. After almost a week of long, action packed days, this felt luxurious. I actually woke up before my alarm, which meant that instead of rushing around I got to slowly wake up. Breakfast felt almost leisurely. On this day, you could really feel like the trip was coming to an end soon. When we departed our accommodation, we were down from 16 to 13. We dropped off two of our travel mates at different locations. Also, the injured Malaysian lady was still in the hospital. Thankfully she had good travel insurance. Her injury required that a metal rod be put into her leg, a ... read more
Getting ready for showtime
Under the trunk
A chance to pet an elephant

For our 5thday of the Cape to Addo tour, the major activity was the Addo Elephant National Park. This is a giant national park that was initially developed in 1931 to provide a sanctuary for the 11 remaining elephants in their natural habitat. The elephant population had dwindled in this area because of poachers and farmers (who were trying to protect their farms from being trampled by Elephants). Over the years since it has started, the national park has grown in size, now boasting that they are home to the “Big 7” – elephants, hippos, buffalo, lion, leopard, whale, and great white shark. The elephants have also thrived, and the population is now over 450. This is a major highlight of this trip, both in advertising and in reality. After enjoying breakfast and coffee with a ... read more
Let the adventure begin
Our photographer hard at work
The most common Elephant photo taken at the park

Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Addo August 29th 2012

I woke up on the 4thday of the tour feeling refreshed and grateful that we were able to upgrade to a private room. I don’t know why it made such a difference, because I didn’t mind sharing the dorm style room with the other travelers. I mean, sleeping in a room with 2 people isn’t all that different than sleeping in a room with 8, as long as each person has their own bed. But, it felt amazing. Today didn’t exactly go as planned. The plan was that we were going to go for a hike first thing in the morning, then go for zip-lining, a quick lunch, then off to another wild cat sanctuary (where I was promised the opportunity to play with 3 lion cubs), then canoeing in the evening before heading to our ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Addo August 28th 2012

This is what I would have posted, if I had a stronger internet connection. :)... read more
Ocean flower
Check out that spray
Fine in sandals?!

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Garden Route August 28th 2012

These are the pictures that I would have posted if I had a stronger internet connection. :)... read more
Love that Roy tried it
Cango caves
Knysna Quays

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Garden Route August 27th 2012

My eyes popped open on our 3rdday of the tour at 6am – a full 45 minutes before my alarm was set to go off. I think that I was so nervous that I wouldn’t be able to sleep after enjoying too many glasses of cheap wine, that I set my body clock to wake me up at the crack of dawn. I could definitely feel the effects of the wine, but I got out of bed and took a shower. Got ready, ate breakfast, and was ready to go a few minutes before we were supposed to leave. I was feeling pretty proud of myself until later when I realized that I left like half my shower stuff behind. Oops. Even though I was feeling a bit slow and queasy, I was doing better than ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Oudtshoorn August 27th 2012

These are the rest of the pictures that I would have posted earlier if I had a stronger internet connection. :)... read more
Changing Scenery
"Hot" Springs
Passing over the mountains

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Oudtshoorn August 27th 2012

Note: the wifi is way to slow to load all the pictures... I'll add more when I can get a better connection. :) The second day of the tour was pretty packed. We woke up early, and we had a quick breakfast at our accommodation. The standard breakfast seems to be: cereal, yogurt, toast, and fruit. I probably could have slept much longer, and I was slow to wake up. But, fortunately, our first stop was quite cool. We visited the southern most tip of Africa, where the Indian and the Atlantic Ocean meet. The atmosphere of the location felt very remote, rural, almost from another time. It was a cloudy morning. Rather than a beach, this spot has large rocks along the shore. Other than an old sandstone lighthouse, there was nothing much around. It ... read more
Old lighthouse
Petting Zoo
Baby goat

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