Sorry for the lack of recent blog posts. Our daughter Trisha arrived on the 21st of December to Johannesburg, and we flew out to meet her. We have spent the last 10 days on a whirlwind tour of mostly African animals. We first went to Kruger National Park which is a huge park (about the size of North Carolina), and we stayed in the park several nights at three different camps (Oliphants, Letaba, and Berg-en-dal – which are in the central and south portions of the park). We saw a LOT of animals including all of the Big Five except for the black rhino. We also went on night tours, sunrise tours, and even walked in the wild with guides and armed guards on a real safari!
Then we flew to Port Elizabeth and drove up to Addo Elephant National Park staying in a B&B outside the park. We went on guided tours of Addo for 1.5 days. We saw two lions stalk and eat a young Kudu and got pictures (although it was over 1km away). We had some amazing encounters with elephants, leopard, Cape Buffalo, giraffe, hippos, and much more. We have so many photos I can’t pick and choose which ones to share.Trisha is a big animal lover (she got a degree as a veterinary technician a few years ago). So, this was an experience of a lifetime for her. She had a great time at the parks as you can see in a few photos here.
After Addo, we drove our car rental all the way back to Cape Town and returned to Tahina in Simons Town. We stopped for a night at Aguhlas National Park in a beautiful beach house. There we got to stand on the dividing line between the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, and we were at the southernmost point of South Africa. We will spend a few more days sightseeing in and around Cape Town before she leaves.
I will process and compile animal photos in the coming days and weeks and give you more of the exciting details of our park experiences then. Our other daughter is coming in less than two weeks, so we’ll be going back out to Kruger again. Tomorrow I’ll post a summary of 2014 with links to some of the best blog posts and photos.
Meanwhile, we hope everyone has a great New Years Eve and a wonderful 2015!