Day 14 Africa The Serengeti, 19th July 2018

Another day another 5:45am wake up for a game drive. We were ready by 6:25am when our Askari guardian arrived to take us to breakfast. (The Askari in this part of the world are akin to Masai warriors.) We arrived safely 😊

After we finished eating our breakfast we were just sitting there finishing our morning cuppa’s when I heard an oh too familiar sound. The staff came singing and dancing from the kitchen with a birthday cake in hand. They danced all through the dining room a few times before stopping at our table and putting a delicious looking chocolate cake in front of me. Continue reading

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Africa, Day 13 Ngorongoro to Serengeti 18 July 2018

We woke st 5:45am, another travel day, new adventures.

Today is my 60th birthday and Deb has put so much effort into making it special. Deb gave me a card and then showed me many pictures of many cards waiting at home for me. A special thank you to our eldest grandson and Deb for putting together an amazing video compilation of my birthday celebrations at Mount Lofty House and messages from all our family. When I logged onto the net there were so many messages on social media as well. So unexpected and very much appreciated, I have so many amazing people in my life, family and friends. Continue reading

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Africa, Day 12 Ngorongoro Crater 17th July 2018

I awoke before 5am today, we went and had breakfast at 6.30am then met Zoya at 7.30am, for a day exploring the Ngorongoro Crater.  It is 14.5km across and 264km square and one of the largest Calderas in the world.

The Maasai lived in the crater until 20 years ago, Continue reading

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Africa Day 11 Tarangire National Park to Ngorongoro Crater pronounced without the N

We woke before 5.30am this morning, we had a lovely knock on the door and a cuppa arrived. 😊

When we were packed up and ready Greg went outside and shone the torch into the tree and a warrior came to get us. It was a bit of light by then  but it was reassuring to walk with him. Evidently the lions were active all night, the female is on heat, during this time the lions have sex between 20-40 times a day for up to 4 days, from what we were told they were 3 days into this cycle, so I am guessing they are pretty tired.   I asked the warrior where the lions were now and he pointed up the hill to my right. But we didn’t see them again.

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Africa Day 10 Tarangire National Park 15th July 2018

Woke around 6.15am, had a good sleep, 😀 unusual for me I  normally wake a lot during my first night somewhere new.

Met Zoya at 8am, and headed out on our game drive.   The first 11/2 hours were VERY bumpy. Felt like my whole body was doing a work out, just sitting in my seat. We travelled at 20-30km an hour and there were few sightings of animals during this time.

But then we got to the marsh land and everything changed.   Continue reading

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Africa, Day 9 Nairobi to Tarangire National Park Tanzania via Kilimanjaro 14 July 2018

After getting to sleep last night sometime after 1:30am it was nice to wake around 7am.
We had a quiet morning, and were picked up at 11am for transfer to Wilson Airport in Nairobi. This airport services the international flights to neighbouring countries and humanitarian flights. The planes here seem to range from personal aircraft to commercials with capacities from 2 to 60 passengers. Continue reading

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Africa Day 7 and Day 8 Victoria Falls, a Game Drive and the Zambezi River 12 & 13 July 2018

Here it is everybody, grab yourself a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy the ride, we did.

Once apon a time Greg and Deb ………..

Day 7 Victoria Falls Zambia and Zimbabwe sides and a Game Drive

We left Sussi & Chuma at 8:30am for a tour of the Zambian side of Victoria Falls.
This area of Africa is what was once known as Darkest Africa, the great unexplored area. Dr David  Livingstone was a missionary/explorer in this area in the 1850’s. He was the first white/european person to  see the falls in 1855. He named them after Queen Victoria, but the local name for them is so much more descriptive, Tokaleya Tonga (The Smoke that Thunders). Continue reading

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Africa Day 7  Livingstone and Victoria Falls, and much, much more. 13 July 2018

Africa Day 7  Livingstone and Victoria Falls, and much, much more. 13 July 201

I bet you were all expecting the “Once upon a time ……” version with that headline, sorry, but its been a very busy day, so tonight it’s the “and they lived happily ever after.” version. (Sorry Ben 🙂 ) Continue reading

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Africa Day 6 Cape Town to Livingstone Zambia 11 July 2018

I have been waiting for this moment,  yes here it is “Livingstone I presume”, yes folks today we have flown from Cape Town South Africa to Livingstone Zambia. (well Livingstone international airport anyway). In days gone by this area was part of “Darkest Africa”, the vast uncharted area in central Africa that was the playground of many famous old world explorers (Livingstone and Watson come to mind).

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Africa Day 5 Stellenbosch wine region 10th July 2018

We love travelling to different wine regions and tasting the wine.  Today we tried many a wine and ate lovely food.  Was another good day and a great way to finish off our time in South Africa.

Stephen picked us up at 8.30am and we headed out to the town of Stellenbosch, 50km east of Cape Town.  There was a thick fog (glad we weren’t flying today), but it had burnt off by 9.30am around the time we arrived to meet our guide Juliana.   She works at the University and was born in Stellenbosch and said she loves sharing its story.

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