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Feb 20, 2016 - It's Africa. There's bugs.
I've now heard this line many times from many different people (not just Andy!!) and every time I announce a bug in my presence, this seems to be the standard reply. (And then I kill the bug and all is well again - sorry bug-Michelle, but its the terrible truth!!). Garry woke up with a lizard in his bedroom ensuite today! I had to laugh - I asked him how he was planning on getting rid of it and he said "why?! I've slept with worse!!" Ha! (I wasn't sure if he was referring to spiders, snakes or exes!!) We took care of a few chores this...Jump to full entry
Feb 13, 2016 - Looking forward to a relaxing weekend!
Happy birthday to my brazza-Adam!!! :) We decided to have a 'low-key' weekend. (I think Andy and Garry are getting tired of my GO-GO-GO personality! Ha!!) So today we went to the Sedgefield Craft & Farmers' Market to do some gift-shopping and enjoy various local South African treats! With hundreds & hundreds of food trucks and local artists/crafts to choose from, we found everything from scarves & handmade jewellry & art, to Koeksister (so similar to chrusty like Babcia used to make)!! We spent a few hours there chatting with locals and...Jump to full entry
Feb 12, 2016 - "We're doing WHAT?!?"
First off, today was my Uncle Ted's internment back at home. He was on my mind all day, as I couldn't be there to say my final goodbyes & be with my family, but before I left Canada I did get to spend a memorable evening with him, and he told me to go out and have fun in Africa and to make sure I didn't leave anything uncrossed off my bucket list. So I found it very appropriate that today, Andy & Garry sort of 'surprised' me by taking me to walk with lions! Uncle Ted would have approved :) Arriving at the Botlierskop Private Game Reserve,...Jump to full entry
Feb 11, 2016 - Seals & dolphins & golfers, oh my!!
We toured through Herold's Bay, and watched a group of dolphins frolicking in the waters below us, as well as a cape fur seal swimming in between the rocks. So picturesque and beautiful! The water here is so clean and aqua-blue, and you can see nothing in the distance but the ocean. Apparently the South Pole is somewhere out there!!! We also went to Oubaai - Ernie Els's signature course - and my goodness was the security screening something else! The security is quite intense everywhere here, but just to get onto the golf course was a...Jump to full entry
Apr 25, 2010 - Ostrich farm
South Africa Sunday, April 25, 2010 We had a great tour of an ostrich farm where we both sat on an ostrich and Tom actually rode one quite wildly. We learned about ostrich eggs and the ostrich meat which is a red meat, very lean and delicious, with a delightful guide originally from the Congo named Hermes. The rest of the day was another long drive back to Cape Town and An African Villa. We had dinner at Greens - the only restaurant open on Sunday!Jump to full entry
Apr 24, 2010 - Garden Tour Day 3
South Africa Saturday, April 24, 2010 On Saturday after another operatic breakfast at Mario's, we drove to the town of George, which had a fascinating railroad and transport museum with real railroad steam engines and old vintage cars. There was an HO model layout by the Spoorwegvereniging Outeniqua Railway Society. The members were busy fixing a dead section of the track. Of course, Tom was in his glory! The afternoon was spent first at Cango Wildlife Ranch (very Disney-esque and a bit like a zoo, as well as a bit tacky) and the the Cango...Jump to full entry
Nov 21, 2006 - No Shark Dive ... Just a Night in Wilderness
I had planned to stop in Mossel Bay and do a cage dive to see the White Sharks up close, but the winds had kicked up and visibility was poor and the dive was cancelled. Rather than hang around, I decided to press on to Wilderness - a small beach town further up the coast. I stayed in a wonderful place called Fairy Knowe after an hour and a half search for some other hostel that was supposedly right on the water. When I finally found what appeared to be the place, I was so miffed it was so difficult to find, I wnet and stayed at Fariy Knowe...Jump to full entry
Oct 16, 2006 - Knysna, Bloukrans Bridge, Victoria Bay
Day 10 - October 16, 2006 As predicted, we started with a little shopping in some great shops on the Knysna waterfront - a little something for everyone it seemed. Lots of unique African crafts in wood, cloth & beads. After we spent a little money, it was off to Bloukrans Bridge -Africa's (?the world's?) longest single span bridge for a little bungy jumping. This is the site of the world's HIGHEST bungy jump (165 metres)! Mike & Kath were too terrified and so it was up to me to take up the challenge...It looked pretty scary at first, but...Jump to full entry
Jul 31, 2006 - Happy B-day Evan!
It's our nephew's 2nd birthday today! We miss you! The wine country (Stellenbosch) was very nice. We had a great time at a pub on Saturday night with a bunch of locals. Yesterday we stayed in Wilderness--a gorgeous little town on the coast with some of the biggest waves I've ever seen. Today we rented a canoe and paddled on the Touw River to a hiking trail which brought us to a lovely waterfall where we ate lunch. We're now in Plettenburg Bay and it's pouring rain. Hopefully it will dry up tomorrow since we're planning to visit an...Jump to full entry
May 24, 2006 - Starting off
Had trouble getting my act together for departure, then the restaurant was reaaly slow with my eggs. I was trying to eat it quickly so I'd be on time, but ended up burning the roof of my mouth, and they sat liek lead in my stomach. Ah well. We had a long day's drive (I slept most of the way) and we made it to George, which is along the Southern coast, to the East of Cape Town. Got to use the Internet and had a great spaghetti dinner at the hostel. Some of the other travelers staying there suggested taking the train to Knysna and meeting the...Jump to full entry
May 23, 2006 - Oudtshoorn to George
We ate a wonderful breakfast at the guesthouse. They had real orange juice, which made Mieke very happy, and many great choices of food. After breakfast, we piled into the car for our trip to Knysna via the N12 highway. We would be stopping in the city of George on the way there. Along the way we saw hundreds of ostriches, a pickup truck with the sign "Learner Driver" (going very slow...ha), and also learned there is a KFC in every town, no matter how small. There was also a warning sign to look out for "Skilpasies" and under that, for us...Jump to full entry
Nov 22, 2005 - Room with a view
This morning we grabbed some lattes for the road and headed off in search of this very originally named place, Wilderness. After about 5 U-turns we eventually got the right turn-off and followed a short gravel road to the most beautiful hostel I have ever seen. The Beach House was very true to its name, literally a stone's throw away from a beautiful beach, as you'll see in the pictures. When the guy showed us the dorm room, I think all 3 of our jaws just dropped. The room was huge, bright, and airy, and had french doors which opened up...Jump to full entry