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Jan 23, 2020 - The sun sets on our time in Port Elizabeth.

Well....its been a real mix of weather here, in 3 weeks we have had a couple of hot sunny days but mostly cool, cloudy and lots of rain......think we brought it with us from the UK! The locals were very grateful, in some parts of Port Elizabeth it hadn't rained for five years.....until we arrived! Nevertheless, it's been fab, seen loads, done loads and England won. Lifes good! Off to Johannesberg tomorrow for the last test match. Hoping for a bit more sun!

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Jan 21, 2020 - St Croix Island & Dolphin Watching

Today we went on a boat trip to St Croix, an inhabited island off the coast of port Elizabeth. Home to thousands of African penguins and many seabirds. En route we saw a pod of about 100 dolphins....brilliant! Unfortunately it was a crap day weather wise and sea was a bit rough...consequently photos are not great as fighting back the sea sickness took precedent! But you get the gist.....!

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Jan 15, 2020 - In search of the elusive Knysna Loerie

Today was dedicated to finding the Knysna Loerie, a beautiful and distinctive bird found only in specific parts of South Africa. It is a large green bird with a short hooked bill and brilliant red wings. The bill is short, deep and sharply curved and is orange-red. The eye is brown and the eye-ring deep red. There is a white line just under the eye, which extends behind the eye. It has a long and heavy tail, which is mostly green - the wing coverts are a darker metallic blue. The Knysna Loerie has a tall, elegant, rounded crest, which is...

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Jan 5, 2020 - Kragga Kamma and Sardinia Bay

Yay! The sun finally decided to make an appearance today! In the morning g we went to Kragga Kamma game reseve. Just a small reserve with mainly plains animals but pleasant enough. In the afternoon we drove to Sardinia Bay, the best beach in Port Elizabeth, only accessible by climbing a massive sand dune but well worth the view!

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Jan 4, 2020 - Cape Recife Nature Reserve and Lighthouse

What is going on with this weather, yet another wet and cloudy day, if it wasn't for the fact that it is 20 degrees warmer, we could be in the UK. But the locals are grateful to us for bringing them some of our rain....as they really need it! Today we visited Cape Recife Nature Reserve, this is a 9km trail which goes along the coast through sand dunes and rock pools. There is also an African Penguin sanctuary here, where orphaned and injured penguins are taken for recovery to return back to the wild or permanent residency if injuries too...

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Jan 3, 2020 - Port Elizabeth to Alexandra -Magical Mystery Tour!!!!

So today's weather was not great, cloudy and wet! But not to be beaten by the elements, we set off towards Alexandria with the the intention of doing the coastal road back to Port Elizabeth.....but we got lost...even with Google's maps and a garmin! In our defence, they were unused non marked back roads. One of the highlights was stopping off a local farm shop, pepper steak pies at a just over a quid each and fresh pineapple juice for lunch...yum!!! So, whilst we never did find this coastal road, we did see a lot of wildlife and birds along...

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Jul 14, 2016 - Knysna to Port Elizabeth

From Knysna we drove east to Plettenberg Bay - super beautiful - then farther east into the Tsitikamma National Forest. It's a really lush forest, like you'd see in Costa Rica or something - vines, baboons, thick, thick green everywhere. We then drove to the appropriately named hamlet of Nature's Valley and walked along the beautiful silky, sandy beach for a couple kilometres to a lagoon. Running in the ocean and watching a whole slew of hermit crabs devour a jelly fish were a major highlight for the kids. From Nature's Valley we then went...

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Apr 3, 2016 - Hail President Zuma - All Expenses (to be ) Paid!

Wow, what a wonderful 8 weeks I have enjoyed in this beautiful country. I am now ready to return to life as I know it to be, though I now know why everybody I speak to in Sydney who has been on holiday to SA, raves about their time here. Naturally, my time here has been made very special by the people I have stayed with and spent time with throughout this journey. I have been so spoilt by family, friends and friends of family who I have met along this journey and who have all gone out of their way to make me welcome and part of their lives...

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Feb 28, 2016 - Actually, I have hugely enjoyed this crazy city, Port Elizabeth

Yes, it is a crazy city but I've enjoyed a wonderful two weeks living here. Interesting, funny, depressing, strange, lawless and entertaining. Of course family and friends have looked after me exceptionally well, I have been wined, dined, entertained, educated in regard to the South African lifestyle, shown around the city both good and bad, included me in their everyday living arrangements, been shopping and everybody has ensured that I have had a great experience during my stay in PE. So, before I move on to Cape Town, let me recap and...

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Feb 25, 2016 - This is it....Our last day in Africa :(

Our last day in Africa and we are up and at it for an early start for our last safari. And all I had left on my list of animals I wanted to see: the cape buffalo!!! So again (without coffee) we head out to see if we can find them. Along the way, a lone giraffe!!!!! We stopped and watched the gorgeous male eating quietly in the trees. It dawned on me now, that this will be my last giraffe sighting, and we'd be leaving this beautiful country today. Continuing on, we saw a number of zebras, wildebeest, antelope, and yes: Cape...

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Feb 23, 2016 - Birthday girl celebrates in style

Sunday arrived, wind free, a cloudless beautiful sunny morning in Port Elizabeth. So we did what the locals do on a bright sunshiney day in PE, we packed dogs and two grandchildren into automobile and headed down to the beach at Seaview. A beautiful beach, rocky coastline with deep, icy Indian Ocean temperature pools to swim in and white sands to make sandcastles (granny training). A fun morning was had by all including dogs. After ditching dogs and children, Wendy and Alan took me out for Sunday lunch at the Bridge Brewery in Baakens Hill...

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Feb 20, 2016 - The Windy City lives up to it's name

Yes, PE has always been known as the Windy City and it has certainly lived up to its reputation over the past week. Weather hasn't been great, though not cold, just terribly windy and received some much needed rain. The city is particularly dry and a bit of a dust bowl at present, so the locals have enjoyed the storms. I must admit, it has not slowed us down much as we have gallivanted around this city. My personal guide took me on a fun afternoon game spotting in the Kragga Kamma Game Reserve. I enjoyed being able to see the game...

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