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reservations, Saint Lucia, South Africa travel blog

reservations

A travel blog entry by katherine-anne

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Of course you can't go to Africa without visiting the animals. And I did. I went to Hluhluwe game reserve near St Lucia, a coastal village about 300 km north of Durban. There I was persuaded to go whale watching too. The Addo Elephant National Park, a ...

taken for a ride, Port St Johns, South Africa travel blog

taken for a ride

A travel blog entry by katherine-anne

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... , 70 odd kms of rough road, find a shuttle and trundle all the way back on a parallel road, a bit more to the south. Fancy visiting the next village? Same procedure. Costing you more than just time and money, it makes you seriously grumpy. Mthatha ...

Bumpy rides and little shocks, Springbok South Africa, South Africa travel blog

Bumpy rides and little shocks

A travel blog entry by katherine-anne

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... ;our (white) cook is reheating last night's spaghetti for lunch - everywhere I go I get fed spaghetti - I'm beginning to think it's Africa's national dish. So, today will be spent mostly on the road. Yesterday we made it as far as Citrusdal in the Ceder ...

Watch out for the Hippos!, Saint Lucia, South Africa travel blog

Watch out for the Hippos!

A travel blog entry by nomadic-brands

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... baby hippos on a little island in the middle of the river quite close to where we were standing.  After speaking to some South Africans we discovered that the hippos were out and about on the beach.  We wandered down the boardwalk and onto the ...

Lazy Days, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

Lazy Days

A travel blog entry by purplebuggy

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... at are the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (which is the place I forgot the name of but was recommended to me), going up to West Africa for a trip (but visas may be the issue in that one), I’ve asked about the logistics of doing a FGASA course ...

Second Time Lucky, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

Second Time Lucky

A travel blog entry by purplebuggy

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And a short update - I'm back to wanting to leave again. I'm not going to Kruger (for perfectly legitimate reasons of which I don't have any issue with but I was looking forward to going), I've ended up going head to head with M who was probably the ...

a touch of bulungula, Bulungulu, South Africa travel blog

a touch of bulungula

A travel blog entry by katherine-anne

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The Bulungula story is short and sweet. I'll spare you the details of yet another extraordinary journey - I got there. Ah, what can I say? One of the loveliest places I've been to. Like a child's colouring book; round green hills, cozy mud huts, bright ...

Bungee and Braai, Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa travel blog

Bungee and Braai

A travel blog entry by mindabarley

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Great breakfast at Emily Moon set us up for the day ahead. Also helped ease Steve's bad head! Bonus was the car had been cleaned! What service! We drove down the trusty N2 and then the Grootrivier Pass where the views are stunning but a stupid ...

mixed feelings, Cintsa, South Africa travel blog

mixed feelings

A travel blog entry by katherine-anne

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... when we were stuck somewhere no-one had a problem with getting the pliers and cutting pieces of wire out of the nearest fence. Funny, no?  Well, this is South Africa, a land of contradictions. Mixed feelings? Might just come with the ...

Buffalo Escape and Re-Capture for My Birthday, Hoedspruit, South Africa travel blog

Buffalo Escape and Re-Capture for My Birthday

A travel blog entry by purplebuggy

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... When they were near the fence they were darted and they went down. We approached with caution (the most dangerous and agressive animal in Africa isn't to be taken lightly of course). The vet checked the first was ok, we left 2 people to keep it cool and ...

Got some wheels, Cape Town, South Africa travel blog

Got some wheels

A travel blog entry by jonclark2000

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Click here for Cape Town photos Up remarkable early all things considered. I walked up a steep 1 hour climb to Signal Hill, right behind the hostel. What can I say, more fantastic views of the mountains, the city and down the coastline onto an area ...

Lammergeyer stake out, Giants Castle, Drakensbergs, South Africa travel blog

Lammergeyer stake out

A travel blog entry by jonclark2000

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Click here for all Drakensberg photos We luckily managed to get in on a cancellation at a bird hide in the Giants Castle section of the park. Normally there is a 6 month waiting list for this. It was a very long 2 hour drive to get to the ...

The muppets from Overland Club, Okavango Delta, Maun, South Africa travel blog

The muppets from Overland Club

A travel blog entry by jonclark2000

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Today is the start of 5 months on the road! Up for an early start again and another bush walk. Baboon, hippo, giraffe etc. A few new things we saw included Steenbok, a small antelope who was very curious and not as skittish as I would have expected. ...

South Coast Suprise, Southbroom, South Africa travel blog

South Coast Suprise

A travel blog entry by peteandmandy

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... he had to kick us out on Friday as he was booked out for the weekend. We may have stayed there until our flight out of South Africa on Tuesday otherwise.   So we said goodbye to Nev and the boys, and the dogs and once again headed north to a place ...

King prawn hunt, St. Lucia, South Africa travel blog

King prawn hunt

A travel blog entry by jonclark2000

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Click here for all St. Lucia photos Up nice and early to go and see an Indian Ocean sunrise. Very nice in the misty beach with the fishermen Silhouetted along the shoreline. Later we did a really good boat trip out on the St. Lucia ...

Once Bitten Twice Shy, Hoedspruit, South Africa travel blog

Once Bitten Twice Shy

A travel blog entry by purplebuggy

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There's been dramas in the last few days here at Siyafunda, luckily everyone's safe and well again. We were out doing a walk looking for snares when we hear E calling for people over the radio (he was out with Bush Camp doing bush clearing (ie. getting ...

Lions... grrr!, Johannesburg, South Africa travel blog

Lions... grrr!

A travel blog entry by madman96

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... over for Madagascar...  Good times! Speaking with Liz throughout the day was awesome as she has a much different perspective on South Africa then Noah, Christine, and Coach.  She has been working for the Peace Corps here and has been exposed ...

out of this world, Lesotho, South Africa travel blog

out of this world

A travel blog entry by katherine-anne

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... I might get to that later.   For now I want to tell you about Lesotho, a place I was hardly aware of. A small kingdom within South Africa, but for me it was out of this world. It took my breath away. Stark and barren, subtle shades of brown, ochre, ...

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

Starting Safari!

A travel blog entry by mindabarley

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Early ish start in the morning following a not so good buffet breakfast at Tsitsikamma Lodge. I wonder if this had anything to do with the lack of chef and one of the owners standing in as the spa therapist had let onto me the day before. If so, I'm glad ...

Peed on by a serval cat at Emdoneni, Isinkwe Lodge, St. Lucia Wetlands, South Africa travel blog

Peed on by a serval cat at Emdoneni

A travel blog entry by jonclark2000

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... Town, but passable. We then continued up the N2 through lots of eucalyptus plantations to Isinkwe, a place rated the best backpackers in South Africa by Lonely Planet. We saw Red Duiker on the way up the driveway, surely a good sign. I have to say it ...

Word cup, Brewpubs and Mushini Falls, Zululand Backpackers, Eshowe, South Africa travel blog

Word cup, Brewpubs and Mushini Falls

A travel blog entry by jonclark2000

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Click here for all Zululand photos Got up early again for an Indian Ocean sunrise and came home to make a fantastic bacon, egg and avocado sandwich. We picked up Charlie and headed down to Eshowe in the heart of Zululand. I was ...

Walk walk walk, Cape Town, South Africa travel blog

Walk walk walk

A travel blog entry by jonclark2000

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Click here for Cape Town photos Wandered through the harbour, up Long St. and Kloot St. on the way to the cable car up Table Mountain. Managed to get a bit lost in a maze of houses and ended up bushwhacking the final path across some desolate land ...

Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa travel blog

Johannesburg

A travel blog entry by peteandmandy

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Flew into Johannesburg and were transferred to Drifters Inn.Sleepy ...

paradise lost - paradise found?, Ku-Gwexintaba, South Africa travel blog

paradise lost - paradise found?

A travel blog entry by katherine-anne

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... ; Here come the mixed feelings again.   Gwexintaba must be one of the most beautiful places I have come across on my travels though South Africa. What is beauty? More than meets the eye, it stirs the soul and you would have to be here to know what I ...

The Wilds of Africa. Now comes with Sharks!!!, Cape Town, South Africa travel blog

The Wilds of Africa. Now comes with Sharks!!!

A travel blog entry by keithandkim

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... trip. woo hoo.    Well, today is a day i for one have been waiting for since we started talking about this trip and Africa. As some of you know, I am a bit of a nature nerd, and there is nothing more amazing in the aquatic world then sharks, ...

The Top of the Magnificent Amphitheratre, Champagne Valley, Drakensbergs, South Africa travel blog

The Top of the Magnificent Amphitheratre

A travel blog entry by jonclark2000

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... of the escarpment reminded me a lot of the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia. Back down and back to the car and I began to realize why South Africa has some of the highest road death rates in the world. I would be traveling at 120km per hour on a single ...

Sterkhorn Peak - Mission Aborted!, Champagne Valley, Drakensbergs, South Africa travel blog

Sterkhorn Peak - Mission Aborted!

A travel blog entry by jonclark2000

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Click here for all Drakensberg photos Into the final calendar month of my travels and only 12 days to go! Cathkin was lit up like a red balloon in the morning as the first of the suns rays hit it. We decided to do a circular trip up to ...

Inkosana Lodge - A decent backpackers, Champagne Valley, Drakensbergs, South Africa travel blog

Inkosana Lodge - A decent backpackers

A travel blog entry by jonclark2000

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Click here for all Drakensberg photos Left the Amphitheatre Backpackers not too impressed with the place. We felt once we decided to do the Amphitheatre hike alone they weren't too helpful and their kitchen was filthy. We got on the road to ...

The end of the continent...Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa travel blog

The end of the continent...Cape Town

A travel blog entry by globedecker

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... as well. This morning we are renting a car to head back into the winelands region to stay a night in Franschoek before heading south to the coastal town of Hermanus. I'm a bit nervous about the car rental, not that the driving here is any more hectic ...

Brew Pubs and Caledonian deer, Cape Town, South Africa travel blog

Brew Pubs and Caledonian deer

A travel blog entry by jonclark2000

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Click here for Cape Town photos Didn't really want to get up at 7:30am for our 9am boat to Robben Island. This was where Nelson Mandela was locked away at for 20+ years. I have to say the tour wasn't great, nothing like Alcatraz. The views back ...

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