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And Relax... maybe, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

And Relax... maybe

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... and have finished removing a fenceline between Lower Horse Tree and 4x4 which is great. I had a small success in that I finally got a South African number after many a week trying to simply get a sim card and then having many an issue with a new law about ...

The Sound of a Dying Waterbuck, Hoedspruit, South Africa travel blog

The Sound of a Dying Waterbuck

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Lots of hyaena work this last week and a bit. We've been trying to find the den in Garonga, sady to no avail but we have seen where most of their activity is so we've got a starting point for relocating them at least. The Lufafa Clan is busy as ...

Onto the Next Phase, Lydenburg, South Africa travel blog

Onto the Next Phase

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So I've left Enkosini and am currently in Lydenburg awaiting my departure to Makalali in Hoedspruit. It's worked out well in that one of the staff is heading back from Jo'Burg so has offered to pick me up saving me 2 days and a fair whack of money in ...

Lions - Big and Small, Hoedspruit, South Africa travel blog

Lions - Big and Small

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... around the dam, a brave wildebeest coming in for a drink, a grey heron and a pinkish red sunset in the background - only in Africa!). We've had some really good lion sightings this week that have topped all others. We were up in Pidua looking for rhino ...

Quick Update, Gravelotte, South Africa travel blog

Quick Update

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quick entry - I'm still here but have been sick with a cold flu type thing for the last week so haven't managed to update on anything. Lions are going well, everyone volunteers and staff wise are good (although i have issues with the fact my parcel STILL ...

Building Bridges, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

Building Bridges

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Sightings: kudu, red hartebeest, warthog, Lourie (bird), flying termites, frogs Today the big plan was to fox Mitch's Bridge. We were due to leave at 0700 but didn't get into the bakkie until somewhere around 0730. (This is apparently a regular ...

Enough Said, Hoedspruit, South Africa travel blog

Enough Said

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So this week is entirely study with an exam to top it off at the end but as F called something and I swore it would come in handy - Wilderness Drama Milkshake has been brewed but enough said on that...  (and the previous 2 entries are still in draft ...

Plettenberg Bay, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa travel blog

Plettenberg Bay

A travel blog entry by mindabarley

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... we spent some time by the pool catching the last few rays before sunset. I met a lady there who had come from London to South Africa for the weekend!!! Not quite the full story, her and her husband were building a house nearby so they'd dropped by ...

Up and Down and Up and Down... and an Ice-pack, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

Up and Down and Up and Down... and an Ice-pack

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So typing is a little hard today as my hand is 3 times the size it normally should be but I'll keep going anyway... Sightings: 7 warthog, 3 baboon troops, 4 red hartebeest (and one calf), malachite kingfisher, franklins, mini quail-chickens and their ...

Richards Bay and the Game Reserve, Richards Bay, South Africa travel blog

Richards Bay and the Game Reserve

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... out an open invitation to hungry hyenas. All the game is potentially dangerous and should never be underestimated.   South Africa's wildlife is plentiful and diverse enough to make any trip action-packed but most would be disappointed not to ...

ANZAC Day in the Bush, Hoedspruit, South Africa travel blog

ANZAC Day in the Bush

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I woke up at the normal time this morning, even though it's a Sunday because today is ANZAC Day. I did ask if anyone else wanted to join me but the only other person up was Al because he had to go and guide some people visiting the property so in effect ...

Spectacular Safari!, Shamwari Game Reserve, South Africa travel blog

Spectacular Safari!

A travel blog entry by mindabarley

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... the hippos we saw a massive bird swoop round the river and Graeme told us it was a King Crane, the biggest in Africa. After this, Graeme said he could see some black rhino activity / tracks so we went on a chase to see one ...

Birthdays are Supposed to Be Good Days, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

Birthdays are Supposed to Be Good Days

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 [some comments removed] But in terms of stuff I’ve been doing aside from that, yesterday, R and I went to Zebra Plains to try to spot the zebra and giraffe. There are concerns the herd of 8 has lost one of the zebra because in the last week, ...

A Change in Cape Town Scenery, Cape Town, South Africa travel blog

A Change in Cape Town Scenery

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... so quick change in plan and we decided to head to our next hotel in the False Bay area to drop off our bags and then head South from there to Cape Point. With new plan in hand we headed South and as we left Cape Town  for the coast we could ...

More Photos - Cheetah Kill Impala, Hoedspruit, South Africa travel blog

More Photos - Cheetah Kill Impala

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The Collared Cheetah Brothers, Browning and Purdy, catch and kill an impala. We didn't see the catch (well, An did) but we watched them completely devour it from first bite to just skin and bonmes left... and they went from svelt speed machines to ...

Oudtshoorn - Ostrich Capital of the World, Oudtshoorn, South Africa travel blog

Oudtshoorn - Ostrich Capital of the World

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The Intercape turned out to be a Christian company, we asked the Lord for a safe journey and were treated to the film, 'A Pilgrim's Progress', the story of Hopeful and Christian's voyage to the Celestial City. Not really our thing but we enjoyed the ...

Finding New Roads, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

Finding New Roads

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... until it was finally decided to get Ch, who would know all. (This guy really does and, aside from being very much 'old’ South Africa (if you get what I mean) he is such a nice guy, and he really tries to teach you stuff rather than just doing it.) ...

A Day Off In 'Busy' Lydenburg, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

A Day Off In 'Busy' Lydenburg

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... café that there’s no way I would have found without someone knowing it even existed… back alleys are not my thing in South Africa, haha. But, my gosh, it’s so cheap. R45 (about $7.50) for 75min. We drove back with K’s Mum, Ca, ...

First Aid and The Honey Badger, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

First Aid and The Honey Badger

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... an inventory for a Blue Box of random goodies that we found the other day. I noted things like Omo, Sunlight (an South African brand of wonder soap/ laundry product), lollies, canned beef, canned pilchards, toothpaste, tea, coffee, milk, methol scented ...

Woooooozy wine...., Stellenbosch, South Africa travel blog

Woooooozy wine....

A travel blog entry by mindabarley

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Breakfast at Colona Castle before checking out and hitting the R310 which is effectively a road down a beach so there is sand on one side and the sea on the other! Another beautiful day weather wise so lovely to be able to drive down this stretch of ...

Elephant Encounters, Hoedspruit, South Africa travel blog

Elephant Encounters

A travel blog entry by purplebuggy

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Yesterday was the first proper game drive in a while and it was a great one at that. We went up all the way to the north of Makalali into Pidua North to find the elephant herds that hadn't been seen for about 2 weeks. We drove around and around trying to ...

Return to Game Drives. Stop 1 - Lions, Hoedspruit, South Africa travel blog

Return to Game Drives. Stop 1 - Lions

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The study (well theory anyway) is done. The exam is done. (Party poppers popped, fireworks set) Unfortunately I don't find out the results for another 3 weeks but hopefully FGASA have a sudden burst of enthusiasm and get the results out sooner rather ...

Stellenbosch and Le Quartier Francais, Stellenbosch, South Africa travel blog

Stellenbosch and Le Quartier Francais

A travel blog entry by mindabarley

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We woke up to a cloudy day but by breakfast it had brightened up. I popped into the spa for a manicure and pedicure and Steve had a snooze on the loungers by the unheated pool. The area around Wedgeview is very green so it was akin to lying in a sunny ...

A Bloody War and a Sickly Season, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

A Bloody War and a Sickly Season

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Sightings: 5 Red Hartebeest (and 1 calf), 1 Topi (or possibly just a very dark Hartebesst), lots of chameleons - I realised it's them that dart across the road in front of the quad. So as the saying goes - promotion by default. For a while today I was ...

More Photos, Hoedspruit, South Africa travel blog

More Photos

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Port St Johns - (T.I.A), Port St Johns, South Africa travel blog

Port St Johns - (T.I.A)

A travel blog entry by stephen.j.booth

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Getting to PSJ is no mean feat.The Bazbus drops off in Mthatha, via Nelson Mandela's house. We then organised a shuttle to the hostel which should be around an hour and a half away. The shuttle showed up two hours late, but that was the least of our ...

New Years Eve - Cape Town Styley!, Cape Town, South Africa travel blog

New Years Eve - Cape Town Styley!

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Charlotte and I celebrated NYE09 at a rooftop party at the V&A Harbour with 3000 people in attendance. It was crazy, tickets were R250 (approx 17GBP) We went with Andy, Dave and Calvin from the hostel. This has to be the best NYE of my life. A round ...

Table Mountain, the second coming!, Cape Town, South Africa travel blog

Table Mountain, the second coming!

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We phoned the Bazbus this morning and found that the next bus to Mossell Bay was fully booked, new year has totally thrown us off-track. After considering hiring a car for around 150GBP we settled on getting the Intercape bus for approx 35GBP straight to ...

The World is Good, Hoedspruit, South Africa travel blog

The World is Good

A travel blog entry by purplebuggy

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Rhino release on Friday (omg amazing watching a female rhino back off a truck into the wilds of Makalali!) Leopard sighting yesterday Awesome time at Mahlahla with E and M (playing games with H, resulting in drawing on each others faces,fixing J's ...

More Photos (Kruger), Kruger National Park, South Africa travel blog

More Photos (Kruger)

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