March 5-12 2017 Good decision to travel to Kilimanjaro in the daylight. Driver had two speeds, slow and slower. Foot on accelerator then on brake over and over again. Sylvia's motion sickness pills were put to a real stress test. Back at the Kia Lodge –wine was good but the showers had as previously reported the two water jets again – very hot from one and very cold from the other!
First hint of trouble was after a 04:00 start we were told the Air Precision (really!) flight was one hour delayed. Since we had a one hour twenty minute connection in Kilimanjaro we were a little apprehensive especially when the ground personnel told was 'we would probably make it’.
Spoke to flight attendant who assured us South African Airways had been sent an e-mail and all would be fine. Arrived with forty minutes to spare (so we thought) as we taxied up to the Gate beside our SA plane but then had to board a bus. We were escorted 800 meters away from our plane when we could have used (so we found out later) the security gate next to out plane. Long story short, Ric raced to the departure gate only to see the plane being pushed back twenty minutes before ETD as 'that was when the flight closed.
'Not too happy and pretty lousy communication from Precision Air nor any checking from SA.
No problem – cooled our jets from 08:00 till a new flight at 15:00 to Johannesburg BUT no onwards flight to George that day. So a one nighter at a pretty nice hotel City Court Lodge at the Airport. All good and amazing how fine South African wine can cheer one up. Back up at 05:00 for the first flight to George and arrived safe and sound circa 08:30. Met by Ric’s good pal Piet and taken to Ric and Letizia’s place at famed Fancourt Golf Resort, Ernie Els' home course and host of the 2003 Presidents’ Cup where Ernie and Tiger played to a draw due to darkness.
Once again lady luck was with us as we did this trip the right way.
Fancourt is beautiful. We played three rounds of golf and as we all know, it is for the love of the game and not the scores.
So the girls beat the men handily – so back to the good South African wine for relief.
Toured up and down the beautiful eastern coast, went to a local market and met some really nice South Africans. Ric and Letizia’ have an outstanding home, beautifully decorated and surrounded by amazing gardens, all within the golf club grounds.
This has been our R&R at the end of our adventures.
Good friends, beautiful home, great wine, great food – so life in the fast (getting slower) lane is good.
And so we get ready for the long trip back to where the heart is.
This trip has been so extraordinary for us, a lot is a bit of a blur.
We shall need to read our blog to remember the incredible highlights and being up-close with African nature.
We figure that in the last 30 days, we have slept in 14 different beds and have had 26 takeoffs and landings in aircraft ranging from the biggest jetliner to one-propeller puddle hopper.
One of the highlights at George was to be able to sleep in the same bed for six nights AND to fully unpack our bags and not live out of them– ah the simple pleasures of life.
This journey ends in a few days. We wind down with one day of doing very little and then preparation for our 24-hour return trip.
We shall cherish this experience for a long long time.
Until the next Adventure!
So happy for you that you had such a great trip. Time to come home. I miss you terribly!! See you soon.
From Barwick, Suzanne, on Mar 12, 2017 at 12:40PM
Well, I guess I will stop working on your Eulogy. I could have sworn there was no way you would survive. Who knew?
I suspect you will be fully recovered (physically) by May 15 so call us when you are ready. As for psychological damage I think you could be toast! I have pre-registered you at the Douglas to reduce the wait time for treatment.
From Meder, Bill, on Mar 12, 2017 at 01:20PM
Chapeau to you guys for having the courage and stamina to go through such a challenging journey.
Thanks again for sharing it.
From Papaie, Azita, on Mar 12, 2017 at 01:29PM
I would suggest some more intimate details of your encounters with wildlife. Glenn told me "Would do anything with an animal (except babies)" and I wonder after all is looked at in perspective did you get as close as you expected?
From Meder, Bill, on Mar 12, 2017 at 02:53PM
What an extraordinary adventure! Look forward to hearing more as soon as you have recovered. Have a safe journey home.
Miss you. Lisa xo
From Hollinger, Lisa, on Mar 12, 2017 at 04:35PM
George looks incredible! What a view they have. Will be very nice to catch up in person (over the phone). Love you and safe travels. xoxoxo
From Rourke, Alex, on Mar 12, 2017 at 05:53PM
sure happy you are having fun , tlaine just gotback from st martin so i was so happy tohave her nack tnjoy th few days le keeyou in my prayers but i know youl eurvive anythong right,love you xoxo,
From Feltus, Margaret, on Mar 12, 2017 at 07:57PM
Dear Sylvia and Glenn,
I had a message in your file in my computer on Monday morning 9am Montreal, learned that you overnight,, that last night...sorry that this was a desappointed ending.... your head must be full of pictures and souvenirs that you will have to sort out, in the next.....months and years....Marcelle
From Jarry, Marcelle, on Mar 12, 2017 at 08:43PM
Well done ,great commentary...look forward to seeing you for the last month of curling....DT
From Tait, David, on Mar 13, 2017 at 07:44PM
Sounds like more wonderful adventures! Can't wait to hear the stories!
From jenzee5153, on Mar 13, 2017 at 08:28PM