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Jun 4, 2017 - Back to civilization

Up at 5:30 and get picked up by the bus and taken to a cold breakfast. Then we loaded up the truck and started the long drive to the airport. We stopped a couple times for toilet breaks and as we were running a bit late we decided on a take away lunch. We stopped in at a mall and ordered food and drinks. Some odd trips to the bathroom and a bit of a delay as Shadrick had not gotten lunch yet. Then off we went with one more rest stop then at the airport. There we said goodbye to everyone and went looking for our flight. Met by “helpers” who...

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May 20, 2017 - Kruger National Park!

Flight landed at about 5:30 and we disembarked with no problems. Customs was not an issue. However, when we got to the luggage pickup there was no luggage. Jan and Kitty stayed to deal with the problem and I went and caked the tour company to let them know we were finally there. Kitty and Jan came out after about ½ hour and we waited – I got a text from Alice saying to get in touch with the tour company. I did again and after a bit of back and forth it was straightened out. Maxwell – one of the guides – showed up about 7:20 and we joined...

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Sep 27, 2016 - More once-in-a-lifetime experiences

As we sit here in the lounge in the Johannesburg, there is a lot to remember and discuss over the past couple of days. Our trip could not have ended any better than it did at Ulusaba Safari Lodge. After the first day, we awoke early again for another drive where we saw many more animals making their way to water and food. It was another nice day outdoors and we needed massages back at the lodge to settle us before the long journey home. After a nap and lunch, it was time for the evening drive. It was nothing spectacular as it began, so we...

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Sep 15, 2016 - Jo'burg and home........

Jo'burg 12 September 2016 A very lazy start to the day, all these early starts seemed to have caught up with us. Lovely breakfast in the garden with Pauline and Brian, we just sat around and talked, lots of catching up since our last visit 7 years ago. Brian drove us 30 km to the Walter Sisulu Gardens, their nearest botanical gardens and apparently more intimate than the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens which are huge. It was quite busy, as there was a 'bird event' staged in the park. We walked through enjoying the planting and the little...

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Namibia!

Sep 6, 2016 - Okonjima to Johannesburg

3 September2016 Up very early again due to the noise of the birds,, finished packing and went to breakfast. Loaded the car and set off - at 7.30, not too bad. It took half an hour to leave the reserve and join the B1 south. The road was clear (and tarmac) and we made very good time, arriving in Windhoek around 10.30. We passed through similar countryside to earlier drives, dry, few trees, some cattle ranches and the entrances to a few safari/wildlife camps. As we had time we went to the Craft Centre, but nothing very inspiring. Topped up...

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Namibia!

Feb 26, 2016 - Are we there yet?

We made it to Johannesberg, and sitting at the airport lounge, we met up with a lovely couple from England who were sharing stories with us about all the incredible cities they've travelled to together. Their names were Mel and Leslie Smaje, and Mel used to play rugby in the 70s for the Cardiff Rugby Club. Mel said that two of his favourite cities he ever got to once play rugby in "back in his younger days" were Vancouver & Victoria! It's so wonderful as we run into strangers, when we mention where we are from, there is an instant...

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Feb 11, 2016 - Finally, on my way to Darkest Africa .....

Ok, I'm packed and ready to go..... Cameron to follow on in 3 weeks time. Three weeks ago, when we were unceremoniously and swiftly evicted from our present abode, I considered postponing this long awaited (13 years) trip back to the Mother Land. However common sense prevailed and we managed within 3.5 weeks to find a new and more comfortable unit, packed up and moved, quite an accomplishment. This morning, we went to Balmoral Beach for an extra long run, then swim followed by a Fit and Fab class at the gym, so by the time I have imbibed in...

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Back to my Roots

Aug 26, 2015 - Johannesburg, South Africa

The largest city in South Africa and one of the biggest contiguous urban areas in the world, Johannesburg was established after the discovery of gold in 1886. Today the city and surrounding area provide the largest output of gold and diamonds in the world, due mainly to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand areas of hills. Jo-burg today is comprised of 73% black, 16% white, 6% Coloreds, and 4$ Asian. Despite the large predominance of blacks and the end of Apartheid, much of the country still lives in deep poverty. Many of the...

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Jul 5, 2015 - Jo-berg

So the adventures began very early on in this trip before we could even leave Orlando. Our flight already had a tight connection so once we heard we would be delayed we knew we were going to really have to make run for it. Unfortunately our flight most likely passed us on the runway as we arrived in Atlanta. Luckily Delta figured it all out for us, put us up at the Hilton for the night and booked us on the same flight the following day. We made the most of our night in Atlanta, sharing a few drinks with other stranded travellers and meeting...

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Southern Africa

Apr 23, 2015 - Ermelo to Johannesburg Airport

Thursday 23rd April 2015 Ermelo to Johannesburg Up at around 7:45am and had breakfast in the restaurant at the guest house. We then went back to our room and re-packed our bags ready for the flight home and left at about 10:30am on our final drive to Johannesburg (about 200km from Ermelo). The road was excellent with tolls regularly needing to be paid as we drove. Mostly the speed limit on the freeways in South Africa is 120km/hr, so the kilometres really slip away fast, so our trip to the airport (212km) only took two hours. We returned...

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Mar 20, 2015 - Touring Johannesburg

Today is "Tour Johannesburg" day, so off we go on our bus. Johannesburg, "the city of gold", is in Gauteng province. The biggest gold rush the world has ever known happened in Johannesburg and it is still being mined here today. Gold mine shafts run under the city, and some are so deep it may take workers up to two hours to get to their work area. There are some 247 "slime" banks, huge yellow banks of sand, along the gold reef, and many of these are very visible throughout the city itself. Cyanide is now used in the gold collection process...

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Mar 19, 2015 - Leaving Graskop for Pretoria and Johannesburg

Today was a long travel day, so as we went I just jotted down interesting facts our guide told us, so this blog won't win any literary prizes. South Africa is very blessed with abundant natural resources with a rich mineral belt running from east to west right across the country. There are large resources of chromium, zinc, silver, copper, gold, coal, diamonds. On the high veld they have the highest number of lightening strikes in the world. All buildings must have lightening rods or they can't get insurance. When we got to Pretoria, we...

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