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Aug 8, 2010 - Pilgrims Rest (Gold Rush Town)

Zeitreise, ca. 150 Jahre retour. Das hoch gelegene Goldgraeberstaedtchen Pilgrims Rest liegt meist idyllisch, einsam und verlassen da. Immer? Nein, nicht an einem Feiertagswochenende, an welchem wir zufaellig dort waren. Horden an Harley Davidson Bikern und Frauentag-Feiernden stroemten ebenfalls hierher. Die Stadt wurde grossteils so erhalten wie zur Zeit des Goldrausches, und bietet einige sehenswerte Museen, sowie nette alte Gebaeude und gute Cafes. Ganz nett zum Flanieren.

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Dec 2, 2006 - Kruger / Mpumulanga

Who would have thought that hippos are slimy?, I certainly didn't. We were staying at Kruger Lodge, just east of Hazyview in Mpumalanga province, and had a whole week to explore, golf, swim, catch-up on our web site, and just relax. Our house (literally) was really great. For one thing, I had my own room! Even better, we had a maid that cleaned for us every day! Today, we had driven to the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Center, where they take care of injured or "troublesome" animals. One of our guides gave us a talk that explained how people...

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Aug 19, 2006 - The Vervet Monkey Sanctuary

In 1989, a farm worker brought Arthur Hunt and Dave Du Toit an orphaned vervet monkey found in their orchards. They didn't know what to do with the baby male monkey and for the first few days tried to care for the baby as best they could. When they called the humane society and various wildlife organizations, they were told the vervets were classified as vermin. The best solution was to place the baby in a bag and bludgeon it to death. This was of course not an option for them having grown quite attached to the baby, now named Regis. They...

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Nov 26, 2005 - Searching for the Big Five

On Monday morning Viva Safaris picked us up at 8am, despite finding out that the hostel had lied about sorting out the booking and not giving us the 5% discount we had been promised if we bought VIP cards, instead we got 5% off their commission, which was considerably less - all a big con! Oh well, we have kind of figured over the past 6 months that you are likely to get ripped off once in every country - I don't think we have actually been ripped off that much, as you learn fast when you're travelling across so many countries in such a...

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Nov 16, 2005 - On Safari

Camp Mantobeni Mayeleti Game Preserve Mpumalanga Province Republic of South Africa Greetings or hola as the say in South Afica, Good news/bad new. First the good - there is a computer here at Camp so I can post updates. The bad news is that it is a dial up connection meaning I won't be able to post pictures until I arrive in Capetown later this week, so I'll try to be as descriptive as possible. Arrived yesterday - an all night flight from Frankfurt to Johannesburg and then a small plane to Hoedspruit and an hour drive to camp. When I...

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Nov 6, 2005 - Rain (rain) RAIN rain

Rain. That's what the frogs are chanting in a round, a hypnotic round of dubious rhythm: RAIN rain RAIN rain RAIN rain, a call and response chant of little, green, demented monks from the land of I Mean To Drive You Insane, obsessed with the glorious fact of the rain, the first of the summer, exceptionally late this year. Patrick, one of our guides, told us today that it was a very dry winter and summer has been late in coming. "The animals will be happy," he smiled as he pointed out the puddles and water holes, "and the plants, too." He...

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Jul 4, 2005 - Blyde River Canyon Updated!!

We had to race the clock (per usual) to make it out of Kruger Park before the gates were locked, but managed to have time to stop and celebrate Moglie's 200,000 km mark. The next stop of our journey would be Blyde River Canyon, but the drive there from the Kruger Park proved to be a stressful one. The night came quickly and the roads were windy and unfamiliar and there were tons of big trucks rumbling around the corners. The landy we call Rupert (aka the green monkey) had two near collisions and I was white knuckling it most of the way...

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Jun 28, 2005 - Kruger National Park (and Jo'Burg)

4 day safari tour of Kruger National Park, and the northern Drakensbergs Staying in luxury lodges at Rissington Inn Spotting 4/5 of the Big 5, including family of rhino, and elephants, and herd of over 1000 buffalo Norwegian couples on tour with us - very sweet Clive the tour guide - pouring his heart out ...

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Dec 5, 2004 - Edeni game reserve

After a couple of days visitng Shep at Ngala, we headed to Edeni reserve. We actually ended up staying at a nearby reserve Magaholo, where someone had a free house that we could stay at. The GVI house was full of volunteers - they have 15 at a time now! Usually 5 are up in Mariepskop at a time, but they were all done as it was nearing the end of their expedition. So we had a good few days lazing around and then going on afternoon research drives with the KERI girls Briget and Monica. It was cool. Had loads of amazing sightings, Rhino,...

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