Monthly Archives: October 2013

Johannesburg

We left Zambia at 2.30 this afternoon and arrived in Johannesburg for an overnight stay before flying home tomorrow evening. 3 months have gone very quickly though it has been an amazing experience. Thanks to everyone who has been following … Continue reading

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Zimbabwe

Yesterday we decided to cross the border into Zimbabwe to see the falls from the other side where the water is flowing better. Crossing through the boarders was a bit of a hassle. It seems everyone wants to take money … Continue reading

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Walking with Lions

Today we were picked up and driven to a local ‘Big 5′ game reserve for a walking with lions experience. The experience started with a talk explaining how the lions were captive bred and were being trained to be introduced … Continue reading

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The Smoke that Thunders

Historically this is the name given to Victoria falls by the locals. Unfortunately this is the dry season so there isn’t much water flowing that can be seen from the Zambian side so a trip over the border to Zimbabwe … Continue reading

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Zambia

Today we flew from Cape Town to Livingstone in Zambia via Johannesburg. Our trip along the Siuth coast of Africa has been amazing though the weather hasn’t been brilliant. It’s been between 18 and 26 degrees though the wind makes … Continue reading

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Cape Town

After leaving Hermanus we continued to head west on the breathtaking R44 coastal road to Cape Town. We stopped off at Stony Point near Betty’s Bay on the way to see an African Penguin colony. The last time I saw … Continue reading

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Whale watching by boat

Yesterday I went on a whale watching boat trip from Hermanus harbour with Southern Right Charters. The trip was to take between 2 and 3 hours. It was a windy day and the sea was quite choppy. Within 10 minutes … Continue reading

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Whales, Dolphins and the Beach

Today we were up early for breakfast then went out for a walk along the sea front and into the town. We saw a few whales from our balcony before we set off and then several more while walking along … Continue reading

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Hermanus

After a long drive we arrived in Hermanus about half 2 today. It was quite cool and raining though thankfully the forecast is much better for the rest of the week. This is the best time of the year to … Continue reading

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Wilderness

Just a brief overnight stay in Wilderness but could have easily stayed much longer. This guest house called Sea Paradise lives up to its name. The photo shows how close we are to the sea this is the view from … Continue reading

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Blog update

Just a quick update on my African adventure. I picked Michaela up from Port Elizabeth airport on Wednesday and after initially going to the beach at Port Elizabeth we set off to the accommodation close to Addo Elephant park called … Continue reading

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Addo Elephant Park

I slept quite well last night and was up for breakfast at 8am. I decided to go to Addo Elephant park today so got all my camera kit together and set off in my VW Polo hire car for a … Continue reading

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Goodbye to Shamwari

After a quiet and relaxing weekend it was time to say goodbye to Shamwari and the start of phase 3 of my African adventure. Shamwari has been very different from Zimanga and I’ve enjoyed it in different ways. The setup … Continue reading

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Another weekend off!

Weekend off again after an eventful week. It’s been a fairly quiet day, sorted out a few photos on my laptop, cleaned my boots that weren’t looking too good from the fire, laid in the sun for an hour and … Continue reading

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Community work part 2

Friday again which is working in the local community and today we went to a day centre in the local town of Patterson. Before we set off I said farewell to Jon, my room mate who was heading back to … Continue reading

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Born Free

What a contrast from the day before. 3 of us went to The Born Free Foundation. Me Jon and Simmo, the 3 more mature volunteers! There are 2 sites on Shamwari game reserve, one not far from our accommodation and … Continue reading

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Africa’s burning!

Set of early to the north of the reserve as they wanted to start burning at 8.30 and its an hours drive. As we pulled up there was a large team of staff armed with fire beaters or branches from … Continue reading

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Too windy to burn

This morning we packed the vehicles ready for a full day at the north of Shamwari helping in the process of burning off a large area of the game reserve. We went via the gift shop at long lee manor … Continue reading

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