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Jul 14, 2016 - Knysna to Port Elizabeth

From Knysna we drove east to Plettenberg Bay - super beautiful - then farther east into the Tsitikamma National Forest. It's a really lush forest, like you'd see in Costa Rica or something - vines, baboons, thick, thick green everywhere. We then drove to the appropriately named hamlet of Nature's Valley and walked along the beautiful silky, sandy beach for a couple kilometres to a lagoon. Running in the ocean and watching a whole slew of hermit crabs devour a jelly fish were a major highlight for the kids. From Nature's Valley we then went...

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Apr 3, 2016 - Hail President Zuma - All Expenses (to be ) Paid!

Wow, what a wonderful 8 weeks I have enjoyed in this beautiful country. I am now ready to return to life as I know it to be, though I now know why everybody I speak to in Sydney who has been on holiday to SA, raves about their time here. Naturally, my time here has been made very special by the people I have stayed with and spent time with throughout this journey. I have been so spoilt by family, friends and friends of family who I have met along this journey and who have all gone out of their way to make me welcome and part of their lives...

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Feb 28, 2016 - Actually, I have hugely enjoyed this crazy city, Port Elizabeth

Yes, it is a crazy city but I've enjoyed a wonderful two weeks living here. Interesting, funny, depressing, strange, lawless and entertaining. Of course family and friends have looked after me exceptionally well, I have been wined, dined, entertained, educated in regard to the South African lifestyle, shown around the city both good and bad, included me in their everyday living arrangements, been shopping and everybody has ensured that I have had a great experience during my stay in PE. So, before I move on to Cape Town, let me recap and...

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Feb 25, 2016 - This is it....Our last day in Africa :(

Our last day in Africa and we are up and at it for an early start for our last safari. And all I had left on my list of animals I wanted to see: the cape buffalo!!! So again (without coffee) we head out to see if we can find them. Along the way, a lone giraffe!!!!! We stopped and watched the gorgeous male eating quietly in the trees. It dawned on me now, that this will be my last giraffe sighting, and we'd be leaving this beautiful country today. Continuing on, we saw a number of zebras, wildebeest, antelope, and yes: Cape...

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Feb 23, 2016 - Birthday girl celebrates in style

Sunday arrived, wind free, a cloudless beautiful sunny morning in Port Elizabeth. So we did what the locals do on a bright sunshiney day in PE, we packed dogs and two grandchildren into automobile and headed down to the beach at Seaview. A beautiful beach, rocky coastline with deep, icy Indian Ocean temperature pools to swim in and white sands to make sandcastles (granny training). A fun morning was had by all including dogs. After ditching dogs and children, Wendy and Alan took me out for Sunday lunch at the Bridge Brewery in Baakens Hill...

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Feb 20, 2016 - The Windy City lives up to it's name

Yes, PE has always been known as the Windy City and it has certainly lived up to its reputation over the past week. Weather hasn't been great, though not cold, just terribly windy and received some much needed rain. The city is particularly dry and a bit of a dust bowl at present, so the locals have enjoyed the storms. I must admit, it has not slowed us down much as we have gallivanted around this city. My personal guide took me on a fun afternoon game spotting in the Kragga Kamma Game Reserve. I enjoyed being able to see the game...

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Feb 16, 2016 - Exploring Port Elizabeth

It feels strange to be back in PE. I am enjoying exploring the city again and my personal tour guide, Wendy has been excellent. She's buzzed me all around this little Dorp with refreshment stops, views etc right on cue and then Best Friend Lynn takes over in the afternoon to ensure that I am kept entertained. We spent a really interesting morning in the South End Museum learning exactly how traumatic and hurtful it was when the vibrant, local cosmopolitan community who had lived together harmoniously for generations were forcefully evicted...

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Feb 15, 2016 - Memories, family, friends and baboons

Eventually arrived Port Elizabeth more or less in tact, after a particularly long, tedious however mostly uneventful journey to a warm and joyful reunion with my usual fan club, patiently waiting for me at the airport. After many hugs and laughs we reconvened at Wendy,s new 'mauve' and interesting terrace house in trendy Central Suburb, exactly one street behind the street in which we grew up. We enjoyed a much needed icey beer and delicious quiche lunch including plenty catch up chatter. Wonderful to see Lynn and Leanne, Bob and Malone...

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Jan 30, 2016 - A brilliant but very hot (40C) and bumpy day safari in Pumba Game reserve

It was an early 7.45am start to our trip but there was a buzz of expectation for the safari trip and the 75 minute coach trip was made interesting by the guide, although he did say they were in the middle of a heat wave and it was 10degrees warmer than normal. On arrival after a gorgeous homemade lemonade welcome drink we boarded our safari vehicles which held 10 people and the driver guide. The seats were tiered so visibility was quite good for everyone and there was a canopy over the top of the open decked platform so we were mostly in...

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Mar 31, 2015 - Kynysna and Lalibela Game Reserve

Hi everyone, It has been a while, we have been on the go and also internet access has been a bit problematic. We are currently in the bush at the Lalibela Game Reserve a long way away from the nearest city or town. Our drive from Franschhoek to Kynynsna was a long day, took at little bit over 7 hours and so far the only day we have experienced any bad weather with light rain following us most of the day. It was quite scenic, going up and over the mountains at Franschhoek was quite spectacular with lots of great views and some scary...

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Mar 26, 2013 - Port Elizabeth

We have had a few problems with internet and wifi so haven't been able to do it for a few days. We had an overnight stay in Durban, lovely beaches and waterfront, but the hotel wasnt the best one we had stayed at. From Durban we went up to the Drakensburg mountains. On Sunday we had a trip up the Sani Pass to Lesotho which was really spectacular and the 4wd driving was very scary but well worth it. The highest pub in Africa is at the top and it was really interesting to see how the traditional people survive at such high altitudes with...

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Aug 30, 2012 - Schotia Safaris and Addo Elephant Park

After spending one night in Port Elizabeth to sleep and refuel we picked up our intrepid vehicle for the South African part of our trip (otherwise known as a Toyota Corolla). Luckily we also picked up a GPS which managed to minimise (althought not eliminate) the arguments over directions. We arrived at Schotia Safaris very excited for our first Safari Experience. Schotia is a private game reserve which came highly recommended by my sister who had visited a few years ago. We saw zebras and springbok almost immediately there were also many...

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