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Sep 4, 2018 - Day 29

Today is the last day that I am at South Africa. Cannot believe my journey is ending tomorrow. Got up late around 8:00am. Naaz already made coffee and toast for me. She also did my laundry yesterday. She is so warm and nice. Leonie said Naaz could be a tiger to deal with others also. First, I went to the Castle of Good Hope. It was built in the 17th century by the Dutch East Indian Company. It was a huge fort and still carries on some traditions such as the change of the Key ceremony at 10:00am and firing of the cannon at 11:00am. There was...

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Sep 4, 2018 - Cape Town, SA

Hi! We successfully made it to Cape Town, SA on Sunday after two long days of traveling and a total of 20 hours of air time. We were greeted by our wonderful host/guide at the airport, Noel (“Nole”). Got checked into the hotel and then ventured out to the V&A Waterfront area for dinner. Sunday night so it was a little slow but neat area with shops, bars and restaurants on the water. Terrific dinner with gourmet burgers and miikshakes (120 flavors)! Monday, Noel picked us up bright and early....overslept so we missed breakfast.....but had...

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Sep 3, 2018 - Day 28

It was raining when I woke up. After checking the forecast I decided still proceed to go to the Botanical Garden. An Uber car showed up within 2 minutes and he got me to the Garden at 8:30am. This time I had 3 target birds: Grassbird, Orange-breasted Sunbird and Spotted Eagle-owl. It was drizzling until past 10:00am. A staff showed me where one of the owls was. She was sitting on the nest inside a large planter near the entrance! I could see her head. She has intense eyes and long ear tuffs. It is a large owl similar to our Great-horned...

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Sep 2, 2018 - Day 27

Today is a traveling day again. Started at 7:30am from Satara camp. Shortly after I got on the main road H7, saw lots of animals at the watering hole. Stopped for a while to watch them. Groups of impalas, zebras, wildebeests, Kudus came to drink. Big flock of birds also. Saw a Hammerkop hunting from the surface of the water. It is large heavy birds-of-prey, however, it could hover low near the surface to catch fish. Saw a mongoose moving around. After left it I encountered groups of zebras and baboons crossing road. The zebras just stopped...

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Aug 26, 2018 - Day 20

Jasper came to help me move the largest luggage down the stairs to put into the car at about 8:45am. It rained last night and was windy today. After said good bye to Jasper and Christel. I headed to my first stop: the shore of an estuary in town. Saw some waterfowls and very few forest birds. After that drove to a bird hide along the Round Lake. But because it is Sunday, the office and the hide are closed. Decided to visit the Wilderness National Park nearby again. The North side of the Ebb and Flow rest camp is under construction and the...

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Aug 11, 2018 - Day 5

I am up to go to the Table Mountain today. Took city buses to get there instead of tourist sightseeing bus. It is much cheaper and quite easy. A crowd was there when I got there at 9:00am. Took another hour to queue up and got to the top. It is a flat area with many kinds of plants, but surprisingly not many birds at all. It was cold and windy. Saw about 10 Daisies (a large rodent like animal) sunning on a big rock. They were so used to people and not afraid at all. One let me get to about 2ft to take a photo with him. I dare not to touch...

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Aug 10, 2018 - Day 4

August 10, 2018 Day 4 Still had jetlag. Woke up around 3:30am. Did some research on the next stop, a small town called Maun that boarders the wetland national park Moremi of Botswana. Even though my host Diva offered to pick me up from the airport and there is taxi service, but it seems it is much convenient to have a rental car to get around whenever I desire. There is only one car rental company there called Bidvest. Got on their website and reserved a small Kia car. To reach the national park, a 4WD is needed. In that case I will hire a...

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Aug 10, 2018 - Day 4

Still had jetlag. Woke up around 3:30am. Did some research on the next stop, a small town called Maun that boarders the wetland national park Moremi of Botswana. Even though my host Diva offered to pick me up from the airport and there is taxi service, but it seems it is much convenient to have a rental car to get around whenever I desire. There is only one car rental company there called Bidvest. Got on their website and reserved a small Kia car. To reach the national park, a 4WD is needed. In that case I will hire a car with a chauffeur...

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Aug 9, 2018 - Day 3

Woke up at 3:00am due to jetlag. Since I could not fall into sleep, I wrote a few blogs to catch up. Got up at 6:30am. Made a simple breakfast with local yogurt, blueberries and granola. Drank mango and peach juice. Took a bus at 7:45am to the water front where the CitySightSeeing office is. An old sailor helped me to find the office. He told me he sailed to Shanghai a few times and learned Chinese greetings. The staff told me that the tour was fully booked, and I had to be on a standby. At 9:30am I was told they had a seat for me. The...

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Aug 9, 2018 - Day 3

Woke up at 3:00am due to jetlag. Since I could not fall into sleep, I wrote a few blogs to catch up. Got up at 6:30am. Made a simple breakfast with local yogurt, blueberries and granola. Drank mango and peach juice. Took a bus at 7:45am to the water front where the CitySightSeeing office is. An old sailor helped me to find the office. He told me he sailed to Shanghai a few times and learned Chinese greetings. The staff told me that the tour was fully booked, and I had to be on a standby. At 9:30am I was told they had a seat for me. The...

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Aug 8, 2018 - Day 2

The taxi showed at 7:45am. It took about 20 minutes to get to the Botanical Garden that is within Table Mountain nearby. Indeed, it is a very nice place. I was early enough to see some bird activities. There were many sunbirds (an African version of our hummingbirds), Helmeted Guineafowl and Egyptian Goose. I am not familiar with the Fynbos and Protea plants. They are unique to this region with exotic flowers and fragrance. Though it is winter/early spring here right now, but many are still in bloom. I was impressed with one unique trail:...

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Aug 8, 2018 - Day 2

The taxi showed up at 7:45am. It took about 20 minutes to get to the Botanical Garden that is within Table Mountain nearby. Indeed, it is a very nice place. I was early enough to see some bird activities. There were many sunbirds (an African version of our hummingbirds), Helmeted Guineafowl and Egyptian Goose. I am not familiar with the Fynbos and Protea plants. They are unique to this region with exotic flowers and fragrance. Though it is winter/early spring here right now, but many are still in bloom. I was impressed with one unique...

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