December 2017 - January 2018
  • Day13

    iSimangaliso day & night

    January 12, 2018 in South Africa ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    We did two safaris at the iSimangaliso Wetland Reserve. The first was from morning to afternoon and, in addition to crossing some animals' ways in the park, also brought us to Cape Vidal with its beautiful beach. After a bit of swimming and tanning we had lunch at the picnic site, watched by lots of vervet and samango monkeys.
    In the evening, we were picked up again for a night safari. While due to the heat at daytime it had been rather quiet today, the night-active animals were less elusive. We saw loads of grazing hippos and antillopes (red bucks and waterbucks), as well as gnus (wilderbeast). However, we also had encounters with rare animals like a bushpig and a genet (a “small“ cat).
    I can only upload the night pictures once I get them from the good camera, but till then at least I have some of the day safari ;);
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  • Day11

    Beware of hippos

    January 10, 2018 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    A three-day safari package lies ahead of us!
    Based in the little town of Santa Lucia, we started off with today's boat cruise in the iSimangaliso Wetland Reserve. We had already “kind of guessed“ that it would include hippos, as even some kilometers before getting there street signs warn of them. Also in town, you have to be careful at night, as they wander around and you really don't want to get to close to those 1500-1800 kg beasts.
    Observed more or less safely from a boat though, they almost look cute, lying around in the water and just yawning once in a while. We also saw two crocodiles, but they didn't pose as nicely, so I wasn't able to take good pictures. And, as usual, we spotted some cool birds 😊
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  • Day10

    Hiking in Krantzkloof

    January 9, 2018 in South Africa ⋅ 🌫 18 °C

    At least for once this trip, we didn't explore by car, but by hiking. My sister had read that in the nature reserve there were two major tails: the northern loop of 11km and the southern loop (9km) where you could find zebras. Although we would have preferred to walk a not longer (since we didn't believe that 4-5 hours for 9km could actually be true), we really wanted to see the zebras.
    What she hadn't told us was that both trails were marked as “difficult“. The first few kilometers were fine, also along the zebra territory (unfortunately they weren't there today), but then there were many steep ups and downs on tight, rocky paths and several crossings of the pretty filled and fast river. You couldn't really get to the other side with dry feet, and when my mum tried, she slipped and landed, including her backpack, in the ripping stream.
    Another difficulty came from the kite spiders (small, colorful spiders in the shape of kites - it's worth googling a picture of them, they look really cool but are difficult to fotograph): they spanned there large nets all over the trail and for every step you did, you had to make sure not to run face-first into one of them. In general, it seemed like nobody had done this hike in a while, since the path was already growing over again.
    It was fun and adventurous, but towards the end we were actually glad about having made it to the exit.
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  • Day8

    Distance & confusion

    January 7, 2018 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Today we had to get through with another long drive: 780 km to be exact. When we finally reached the Airbnb we had booked in Bluff, a southern suburb of Durban, it was clear to everyone that my parents wouldn't like it. It wasn't that bad actually, but for them there was just not enough space, it was too hot and “worst of all“, the cottage was part of a backpacker hostel. Thus, we went through some texting with the owner and late-night hotel search for an alternative and finally found another hotel in the northern part of Durban that we'll move to tomorrow. Let's see how everyone's going to feel about that one.

    Below, I uploaded some pictures of the drive. Unfortunately, they cannot picture the landscapes' true beauty.
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