Tag Archives: South Africa

Wrapping up 2015 ~ Home is where the heart is

December 2015 ~ Canoga Park and Arrowbear Lake, California We have been home bodies for the past couple of months – well kind of any way. That has become a very “relative” term. We have our tiny cabin in the … Continue reading

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Fly to Zimbabwe and afternoon cruise on the Zambezi River

Friday, January 30th ~ Introduction to Zimbabwe After breakfast at the hotel we load into two small vans for our transport to the Johannesburg airport. We shlepped our own luggage to the main reception area and I am once again thankful … Continue reading

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Cradle of Humankind ~ Sterkfontein Caves and Maropeng Visitor Center

Thursday, January 29th ~ South Africa Today started off on the wrong foot. Having been so used to how smooth our Gate 1 tours are run, I find myself impatient with the lack of organization on this tour. Brian is … Continue reading

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Trouble in Soweto – A last minute change of plans

Sunday January 25th ~ Near Johannesburg, South Africa Our plans were to have a half day tour through Soweto, a neighborhood of Johannesburg, but due to a violent outburst that left several dead, and a looting problem, our tour was … Continue reading

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Panorama Route ~ Kruger NP to Johannesburg

Saturday January 24th ~ Just a beautiful drive along the Panorama Route We knew that the majority of our time would be on the bus today, but what we did not know, was just how beautiful the scenery would be. With … Continue reading

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Kruger National Park, Part 3 – They crawl or fly plus sunset tour

Friday January 23rd ~ Kruger National Park (part 3) Besides all of the big and small mammals, Kruger is full of creepy crawlies. Thankfully I did not come across any of the lethal snakes, but others did see both a … Continue reading

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Kruger National Park, Part 2 ~ Smaller animals!

Friday January 23rd ~ Kruger National Park (part 2) This is a continuation of our LONG day at Kruger.  If you missed Part 1, you can click here to see our pictures of the “Big Five”. As thrilling as it … Continue reading

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Kruger National Park Game Reserve, Part 1 – The “Big Five”

Friday January 23rd ~ Kruger National Park (Part 1) For me, today was the highlight of our Gate 1 trip. Included with our tour was a morning game run. We chose to add-on the afternoon game run and a night … Continue reading

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Swaziland ~ visit to a school and glass factory

Thursday January 22nd ~ Swaziland school visit Swaziland has been greatly effected by HIV/AIDS as well as Tuberculosis. “Swaziland has the highest HIV infection rate in the world (25.8% of all adults; more in other reports) and a life expectancy of 50 … Continue reading

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Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve and Swaziland

Wednesday January 21st ~ A game drive in Hluhluwe and on to Swaziland Hluhluwe was a well-known hunting area in the 1800’s for the Zulu and then in the 1840’s by the Great White Hunters who came to plunder the … Continue reading

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