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South Africa

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Blyde River Canyon

Sunday, 6 Oct 2013 | Views [774]

Loney Planet makes it sound like the most impressive landscape in South Africa.  Blyde River Canyon is certainly worth a visit but you should tone down your expectations.  Still, the scenery is a pleasant change from Kruger, sometimes reminding ... Read more >

Five Days in Kruger National Park

Friday, 4 Oct 2013 | Views [564]

It rained on our first day back in Kruger, sometimes seriously but mostly just an annoying drizzle.  The dreary overcast subdued the birds but the animals hardly seemed to notice, especially the giraffes.  We saw at least 30 of the long-necked ... Read more >

Back to Civilization

Friday, 27 Sep 2013 | Views [645]

It's a pleasure to be back in South Africa.  Where things work (mostly) as advertised.  Where the people are friendly and a dollar goes a long way.  Where the skies are not cloudy... OK, I got carried away.  We had a marathon driving ... Read more >

Photos: South Africa Again

Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery

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A Wrong Turn

Sunday, 11 Aug 2013 | Views [442]

Lake Panic was a beehive of activity when we arrived this morning.  Southern masked weavers and grey herons were busy nest building while the goliath heron stood sentry duty.  A pied kingfisher repeatedly bashed his catch senseless on the branch ... Read more >

Connie's Lion

Saturday, 10 Aug 2013 | Views [604]

The Gannet Place Guest House doesn’t live up to the standards of other places we have stayed recently.  It is in Hazyview, some 40 km from the Kruger Gate and we don’t have it all to ourselves!  On the plus side, it had vacancies ... Read more >

Of Birds and Beasts

Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | Views [536]

We spent our first three days at Kruger in the southern part of the park; Berg-en-Dahl, Skakuza and Crocodile Bridge.  The commute from Belvedere-on-River to the Malelane Gate entrance was a snap – only ten kilometers.  It’s 70 ... Read more >

Kruger Redux

Tuesday, 6 Aug 2013 | Views [565]

We have visited Kruger National Park before, of course, nine days of camping back in 2004.  It’s such a special place that we wanted to see it again.  After all, it is the size of Wales (or of New Jersey if that’s more meaningful) ... Read more >

Photos: Kruger National Park

Sunday, 4 Aug 2013 | Photo Gallery

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iSimangaliso Wetlands

Sunday, 4 Aug 2013 | Views [467]

The iSimangaliso Wetlands isn't on the Garden Rute and it's one hell of a long drive from Kurger Natinal Park.  We decided to include the photos of this World Heritage Site with Kruger because of the special environment and the birds and animals.... Read more >

A Nice Place To Live?

Tuesday, 30 Jul 2013 | Views [689]

Plettenburg Bay is one of those places we could actually live in.  It's just the right size, perched on the Indian Ocean towards the end of the famous Garden Route.  It's modern and inexpensive and the Cornerway Guest House was superb.  ... Read more >

Along the Garden Route

Thursday, 25 Jul 2013 | Views [724]

We have long advised that South Africa is “Africa for beginners.”  Despite their annoying habit of driving on the left, South Africans are friendly and helpful.  Nearly everyone, excepting recently arrived refugees from strife afflicted ... Read more >

Cape Town and Robben Island

Monday, 22 Jul 2013 | Views [448]

Vanessa and Alex are the perfect hosts.  We highly recommend them if you are visiting Cape Town. We shared their tiny flat with their Scotties, Shiraz and Chardonnay, and Chaucer, the most affectionate of cats.  Seriously, even when they had ... Read more >

Casablanca to Cape Town

Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 | Views [583]

We tend to forget how large Africa is.  You could fit the US, all of Europe, China and India into the African continent and still have room.  Our route from Casablanca to Cape Town spanned the length and breadth of Africa: eight hours in the ... Read more >

Photos: Cape Town and the Garden Route

Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 | Photo Gallery

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