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Dec 5, 2011 - Cape To Jo'Burg

For our last morning in Cape Town we meet Elaine and Dick for breakfast at The Charles restaurant at ten. What a lovely breakfast. All four of us walked to our apartment where we said good bye. It was very difficult. Elaine began to tear up and that got me going. Al and I did not feel ready to leave Cape Town or South Africa for that matter. I know once we leave, Elaine and Dick can truly relax.  Our taxi collects us out front of our apartment at eleven-thirty. Everything goes smoothly for our short flight to Johannesburg. Ghandi Guesthouse...

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Nov 13, 2011 - South Africa

Johannesburg South Africa, When I thought of Africa, what came to mind was safari, lions, elephants, primitive culture, and 3rd world country. When I went to Kenya in 1987 that was the way it was. Maybe Kenya is still that way but maybe not. A lot can change in 24 years. It seems like all countries are becoming the same, just like the United State; highways, fancy houses and big shopping malls, and don't forget Mc Donalds and KFC. We decided to go to South Africa because Garry has been there before and knows the Price family whom he met...

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Oct 16, 2011 - Next milestone reached - Overland tour begins soon :)

Hey guys! So I've finished volunteering at the Vervet Monkey Foundation now - It was kinda strange to begin with but it definitely got better - some of the monkeys were adorable - it was just a case of getting used to things and figuring out who was friendly and who just wanted to bite! While we were there we also did a couple of trips out which was cool - Kruger was amazing - on the first proper day we saw all the big 5 + 2 cheetahs within the first 3 hours! Also went to couple of other places including a wildlife orphanage where we got to...

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Jo's Adventures!

Oct 14, 2011 - Departure for South Africa

On Thursday, October 15th at 6:15 am I boarded a bus for O'Hare Airport at Goerke's Corners in Waukesha. Exactly 30 hours later I walked through the doors of my hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa. What a trip! I first flew to Washington DC and then boarded a 7-1/2 hour South African Airways flight for Dakar, Senegal. We refueled in Dakar (of course we couldn't get off of the plane because of customs) and then we continued on an 8 hour flight from Dakar to Johannesburg. I would never have guessed that it would take 8 hours to fly from...

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Overlanding Africa

Oct 10, 2011 - Fini

Looking through my photo library, I thought with one more day on my subscription left, I'd post some pictures of interest I'd overlooked before. Of interest, we usually had two or three of the Jack Russells along under our feet in the game vehicles. They are said to be great trackers.

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South African Safari

Oct 9, 2011 - The long and winding road

The long and winding road......well, make that the long and fairly straight air routes! We left the guesthouse in Windhoek at 10:00 am our time and have so far made it as far as Johannesburg. Sitting in the executive lounge at JNB, waiting for our next flights departing at 8:00 and 8:15 this evening. We are on two different South African Airlines flights, going to the same destination, but leaving 15 minutes apart! Best not to question the wisdom of airline scheduling! We should meet up somewhere in LHR after changing terminals, as we are...

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Oct 9, 2011 - Odds & Socks

One Sunday when we were living in Johannesburg, 1982, we visited a Lawn Bowling Club. One of the Gentleman inquired as to our visit during tea, which he invited us to partake in. I asked him what he had stowed in the bag he was carrying, which looked very much like one our bowlers use. He said, oh, just Odds & Socks. A term I use to this day to indicate Odds an Ends. I thought I would append a separate entry to include a couple of interesting pictures. The first two are of the Leopard our host Hanno bagged when he was a 12 year old living...

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South African Safari

Oct 2, 2011 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Sept. 30 - Oct. 1

On Friday we had our breakfast at the Bushfront Lodge in Livingstone, Zambia and our guide Ishmael and our driver Titus returned with 'The Beast' to drive us to the airport in Livingstone for our 1:15 pm flight to Johannesburg. It was sad to say goodbye to our guide - it was a pleasure to have him on our journey - he was such a nice guy and he easily put up with all our harassment over the past 3 weeks on our 5,262 km drive. We wouldn't have seen nearly as many animals if it wasn't for his sharp eye nor would we have learned so much about...

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Sep 27, 2011 - The Buffelshoek Trust

Though I did not go to any museums or on any tours Monday, it may have been my favorite day so far. This is because I finally got to meet the people from Buffelshoek Trust, which is the NGO that helped me with the Dixie Water Project. Sharon and I went to tea in the morning with her friend Mary. This was so much fun as Mary was extremely interested in my trip and what I am doing. I enjoyed myself so much that I was shocked when two hours had passed and it was time to go! We drove to Sandton where Sharon dropped me off at the Buffelshoek...

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Sarah's Gap Year

Sep 26, 2011 - Soweto

Well, I had already written all about this day and the next, but sadly that got deleted… so here I go again! (And I will save every thing every minute in like five different places). Sunday was an amazing day. My first morning in Africa I woke up to the sound of birds chattering outside my window. I went to join Sharon for breakfast and we had yoghurt (that’s how it’s spelled here), Muesli, which is South African granola with seeds and raisins in it, and fresh strawberry juice that consisted of three ingredients: strawberries, water, and...

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Sarah's Gap Year

Sep 24, 2011 - Welcome to South Africa

I'm finally here!! I got to the airport in New York at 8:15 am and was at my gate ready to go by 8:45... but my flight wasn't until 11am. So I sat in the airport, looking at my plane, and getting really excited to leave. Finally, it was time to board. I was one of the first passengers to board and the woman sitting next to me was very friendly. While everyone boarded we talked all about my trip and her recent travels through the states (she lives in Johannesburg). I felt so lucky that I was seated next to someone so friendly, but then my...

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Sarah's Gap Year

Sep 19, 2011 - Jo'burg - Soweto

Ik neem de Gautrein (is nieuwe, snelle trein) naar Johannesburg. Ik heb een tour geboekt om Jo'burg en Soweto te zien. Het probleem met zo'n tour is dat je overal doorrijdt, maar dat ze nergens stoppen. We zien het commerciële centrum van Jo'burg, Mandela zijn dikke villa en rijden dan naar Soweto. Ik had niet verwacht dat je ook hier upperclass, middleclass en poor people hebt. Je ziet dikke villa's en een paar straten verder zijn het aluminiumdoosjes zonder water of electriciteit. Het contrast is zooo groot ! We gaan ook naar het museum...

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