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Oct 18, 2013 - Sabi Sun River Resort

Oct 16 The day started off lazily with a coffee and toast on the patio. I was in a reading mood so decided to pull out my latest find (purchased at the Johannesburg airport on our way to Hazyview) - Jared Diamond's 'The World Until Yesterday; What can we learn from traditional societies'. From the back cover of this paperback Penguin edition - "Over the past 500 years, the West achieved global dominance, but do Westerners necessarily have better ideas about how to raise children, care for the elderly, or simply live well? In a sweeping...

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African Safari 2013

Oct 16, 2013 - MonkeyBird, Reptile Farm, Hazyview

Oct 15, 2013 Today we decided to enjoy the resort and maybe take a walk into the local attractions at Hazyview. Since we had done the previous 5k walk around the property just to scout it out, we thought we would start the day with a camera in hand to capture the views around the property. We weren't disappointed as getting to the bridge at the hippo pond, we were rewarded with a huge basking alligator out on the reeds. Nearby, a few water birds pecked at nutritious offerings from the bog. An Egyptian goose stood sentry on the bridge but...

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African Safari 2013

Apr 11, 2012 - Off to Idle & Wild

An early breakfast at our hostel then a quick trip into the airport – about a third of the price of last night. We finally get our hire car – a little smaller than we had arranged for – my fault as I got the dates mixed up. We set out in a mainly northern direction towards an area called Hazyview. Our first sight of some of the living conditions of many of the population. Just as we have seen over the years on the television. Even in the newer areas the housing is small and crowded. The land is flat and dusty. Dried crops of maize yet to...

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Nov 12, 2010 - Edeni Safari Lodge - Chisomo (10th thru 12th)

After sightseeing the River Canyon area we arrived at Edeni Safari Lodge and checked in at our camp named Chisomo (in Xhosa that is Blessings) in time for lunch and a late afternoon safari. Our tent "cabins" are not your everyday tents. Very nice furnishings with comfy bed and a nice bathroom. But we must hurry, there are animals to be tracked! The safari vehicle is a Toyota Land Cruiser, open topped with three rows of seats tiered up from front to back. Johannes, the tracker, sit in front in seat on left of hood front. The ranger/driver is...

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Nov 11, 2010 - Nov 8 to 11 (continued)

Kruger Park is about twice the size of Yellowstone Park. (4 Montana = 1 South Africa, 2 Glacier Park = 1 Yellowstone, and 2 Yellowstone = Kruger National Park. Roughly figuring.) Again, rolling hills. Wild banana trees. The plumeria trees are a nice orange/red contrast to the light purple of the jacarandas. Not in park yet. See Zebras! Impala - lots of impalas. (Kent tells us that in time we'll see so many impalas that we'll just say "Oh, it's just an impala -- but I can't imagine that at present). Wildebeest! The first sighting of each of...

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Nov 11, 2010 - More from 9 to 11

I haven't looked at it yet but Kent just told me that he has entered some of his blog and photos at www.WonderfulSouthAfrica2.blogspot.com. I don't have time to write anymore now -- lunch time and we've been up since 5 AM for an early morning safari and it is not afternoon. More when the next chance comes along to get internet access. And now I have time to add a bit to this entry: At a river "hide" we have a good view of the river. There we see hippos, storks, and a variety of birds. We drive along road that parallels Mozambique border. I...

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Jun 15, 2009 - Hazyview

Hazyview is the nearest town to the Eastern gates of Kruger National Park. We stayed one night here to give us a bright and early start on our game watching in Kruger. Our neighbors at the campsite rescued our Braai (South African version of BBQ) from the smoke. Apparently we had bought bad wood, so they helped instruct us in the fine art of Braaing. They also stood watch while we cooked. We think they were concerned that we would not get to eat that night since they also shared some of their dinner with us. What an obsession this is here!...

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