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Feb 24, 2016 - I'm sorry, did you say LIONS??

For our next outing, we were joined by a lovely couple from Denmark and their two very small daughters (4 and 6 yrs old). I was a little worried going on a safari with KIDS, but these two little ladies were SO excited and incredibly well behaved, so I digress ;) Off we go!! And our first animal we see: my giraffes!!!!!!!!!!! Yippeeeee!!! Tons of them!! A mom with twin babies, (they were still feeding/suckling off mom!!!!!) and a whole herd of others. And did you know: a herd of giraffes is actually not a herd - its a tower!! What a bizarre...

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Feb 23, 2016 - Lions, lions, and LIONS!!!!!!!

I have a new respect for lions. Safari #2: We were up at the crack of dawn - actually I don't think it was even dawn yet - awoken by Garry (jokingly) pretending to trumpet the military wake-up bugle call (funny guy). Without coffee, I headed off on our morning safari. It was DARK and so foggy. How are we supposed to see any animals when we can't see our hands in front of our face?! But everyone else had faith, so I had to believe as well. It was a bit cool (only 18 degrees or so!) Ha!! I was fine but Garry was bundled up and shivering! It...

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Feb 22, 2016 - I don't ever want to leave!

We've arrived at Amakhala Game Reserve for our safaris. Here it is: my final bucket list item. I can't even begin to describe what this place is like except to use the word "heaven". Our all-inclusive lodge is nothing that I could have ever dreamed of existing. It's truly indescribable. This 5-star 'dreamland' is worth every penny I saved while working two jobs and coming home at 2am sometimes only to be back at work before 8am the next day.... No regrets!!! Driving into the game reserve, the first animals I saw were GIRAFFES!!!!!! About 8...

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Nov 14, 2012 - Grahamstown - Improv at Rhodes University

Welcome - Grahamstown was my next small town, founded by the English around 1820. My digs were in the Heritage Cottages, originally built to house a military detachment sent to defend the settlement. This time I ended up with a suite of rooms for less than $50. I would gladly live at this place. A bookcase held old English detective fiction from the early 20th century. This is a favorite genre for me. I'd curl up with a good book and a glass of pinotage before the fireplace. Lucky me. http://www.historiccottages.co.za/ There are a number...

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Nov 20, 2008 - Eastern Cape, Political Breeding Ground

Gradually the vegetation disappears and bare grassy hills roll ahead of me, covered with loose groupings of Xhosa huts and roaming livestock. The Eastern cape is not only quite different in scenery, but also much more steeped in resistance than the Western Cape. I'm talking about military resistance (the Xhosa defied the British for almost a century) and political resistance (the seeds of the anti-Apartheid movements were laid in this province and many members of the ANC political establishment including Thabo Mbeki and Nelson Mandela, but...

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Aug 7, 2008 - short time away

Just got back from Grahamstown on Wednesday. The Hobbiton at Fairewood (in Grahamstown) is still mostly in the development stage but does take some groups through already. We (the three of us gappers) slept in the kitchen (while construction was happening all around us) of a small hall, just big enough for us to lay three matresses down comfortably, for 3 nights. During the day we helped complete a platform on the top of the abseiling tower which I found quite fun as I got to hang out off the edge on a harness. The cutting tools used here...

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Jun 14, 2008 - Grahamstown

Left Oasis Shanti about 9:30 and headed to Cango Ostrich Farm(coupon for 10% off!). We stopped at the Flying Ostrich on Main St. to get biltong(jerky) then off to the farm 14 km out of town. This is the tourist stop, only 500 hectare and just 300-500 birds - the main farm is further out w/ 20,000 birds and hectare!!! Great stuff/info: 1 egg(1.5-2 kg.) = 24 chicken sized. A pair mates for life(ave 50 years in captivity - more stressful...in wild live to 80 yrs & up to 3 meters tall!). Mature in 30 months, female can lay up to 150 eggs/yr. -...

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Oct 27, 2007 - South Africa - Grahamstown

With it being early afternoon and with some 500km to drive we set off along the N6 towards Grahamstown. The scenery along the way was once again stunning with acres of farm land going on forever before turing into game reserves where we spotted quite a few giraffes from the road. With no street lights or towns for miles we finally arrived into Grahamstown that night. Grahamstown is the capital of the Settler Country and has the most beautiful English style prettiness. Nicknamed the "City of Saints", they have over 40 churches in town. We...

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