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South Africa

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  • Day13

    With only 10 campsites, this is a much smaller and more rustic site than many of the larger camps we have visited. We stayed here about 7 years ago and it has always been our favorite in Kruger. The site is fenced with most people camping close to the fence in order to get a good view of the hyenas who often patrol the fence soon after the sun sets. Most folks grab a seat with a flashlight and wait for the hyena to come around. On our first night John stayed up after Christy and Cindy had gone to bed. At about 8:30 (yes -- that's bed time when you're getting up at 5am to go on a morning drive) 4 hyena appeared, one a youngster. Christy and Cindy got up to have a look. It's an amazing experience to be that close to these powerful and dangerous animals, fortunately kept at bay by a fence that seems far too flimsy when a hyena is a couple of feet away...pacing and watching. It is also sobering when you turn off your flashlight and you can not see an inch in front of you, but you know the animal is still there.Read more

  • Day18

    Dit is sulke tyd. Na 'n vinnige koffie en beskuit in Helmeringhausen pak ons op en draai die bakkies suid, tussen die Tirasberg en Rooirand deur, verby springbok en Afrikaner, Neisipvlakte oor, verby gemsbok en volstruis, Aus-plato ook, Rekvlakte deur, Rosh Pinah vir brandstof, Sendelingsdrift vir paspoortstempels, pont oor Republiek toe. Die pad Alexanderbaai toe is sleg, en Jarra se baķkie tel 'n papwiel op. Ons maak gou reg, draai Steinkopf toe uit Port Nolloth, en dan lê net Springbok voor - dis waar ons toer saam met Rey Janse van Rensburg en Richtersveld Challenge eindig. In 18 wonderlike dae - so 4500 km - het ons landskappe gesien wat ons vir altyd sal onthou: die Epupawaterval onder die volmaan, die bergveld in die Otjihipa rondom Vanzylspas, die Marienfluss se witgeel grastapyt, Orupembe se klippers, die Khumibrivier se verwronge mopanie- en hardekoolstompe, die Hoanib se statige anabome, Brandberg teen sononder, Sossusvlei tussen die vingers en tone. Dankie, dit was 'n voorreg.

    * Lus om Kaokoland saam met Rey Janse van Rensburg te verken? Kontak
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  • Day5

    Yesterday morning we set off for a training session at the South African Cricket High School (SACS) followed by a T20 match against them.
    Following the 3 hour training session which included nets, target bowling, high catches, and fielding in the slip cordon, and after some lunch, we lost the toss and were sent in to field.
    The opposition immediately took the attack to opening bowlers John Oliver (4-0-26-0) and Arman Khan (4-0-50-2). First change Adam McMurray brought things under control with a brilliant 2 over spell: 2-0-15-0. However, the lack of a wicket meant that with the opposition set, they could take on our spinners. Both Jamie Percival (4-0-32-1) and Greg Macmillan (2-0-21-0) were targeted but both set fields to counter this. Nevertheless, with the opposition looking to threaten with a 200+ score, frustration and disappointment set in. Whilst Ruairidh Russell (3-0-29-0) did well to restrict the opposition, and Ross Heginbottom's solitary penultimate over (1-0-9-0) helped make sure that SACS were kept to 188/6, the fielding side looked a bit down after a hard day in the field.
    That is not to say that there were no positives: Fayz Siddiqui impressed behind the stumps with a very solid performance when he finished a run out, and made an amazing direct hit.
    Nonetheless, when Heginbottom and Khan strolled out to the crease, they knew that 190 was more than achievable given the fast outfield and flat track. Heginbottom immediately took the attack to the opposition by striking the ball very cleanly and sending the bowlers to all parts of the ground. However, when he found himself unfortunately run out on 12(8), the innings lost a sense of impetus. Our entire top order struggled and only John Oliver (48(46)) was able to make a score. We finished on 95/6, and lost the match by 93 runs.
    In the end, there were things to be happy about, and things to improve on. In their post-mortems, both Mr Pearce and Mr Hariharan captured it perfectly: we were playing some of the top cricketing schools in an elite cricketing nation. What was important was that we had given both teams a run for their money and moreover, learnt a lot about the game.
    Thanks to both our coaches for their helpful advice and constructive criticism, and to SACS for their warm welcome to us and an invitation to have dinner with him.
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  • Day6

    After a visit to Table Mountain which we decided to delay for later due to massive queues, we were privileged to see Robben Island. Two guided tours, one from an ex-political prisoner, thoroughly informed us of the history of the island. We also got to see Nelson Mandela's cell during his time at the island. This morning we are returning to Table Mountain and then in the afternoon, we play Bishops School.Read more

  • Day8

    I'd quickly like to apologise for the loss of chronological order: however, I hope it doesn't affect your reading too much.
    Before the Bishops game, we visited the famous Table Mountain and 'climbed' to the top in a sensational cable car journey. It is hard to describe the all-encompassing, majestic view of Cape Town that we received at the top, so I will leave you with the photos.

  • Day7

    In our third match, against Bishops Academy, we were once again privileged to play a 25 over game in the valley of picturesque mountains. Given our last two results, there was some frustration within the team. However, we were determined to put on a strong performance.
    Having won the toss for the first time this tour, captain John Oliver opted to bat on what looked to be a nice wicket to be bat on. Unfortunately, this judgement wasn't entirely true, as openers Heginbottom and Khan not found when they fell to deliveries which stuck in the surface. The rest of the top order fell due to similar reasons, and many dismissals were very soft. The innings finished on 76/10 - courtesy of a brave counter-attacking 15*(22) from Adam McMurray - after 20 overs, and disappointed as we were at being unable to bat the full 25, we were confident our bowling attack could defend the score.
    Captain John Oliver opened with his own seam and swing, but inventively decided to use Percival's lethal leggies to get rid of the opposition top order. Unfortunately, whilst Oliver's tactics and a high intensity in the field threatened to cause an upset for the first 5/6 overs, the opposition comfortably chased the runs with many overs and 9 wickets to spare.
    Overall, it was a tough day in the field and we came out on the wrong issue of the result. That is not to say that there weren't positives in the field. Arman Khan pouched an extremely difficult wicket, diving at midwicket. In addition, fielding had generally improved, but nonetheless, we hope for a better result in our last game vs Newlands XI.
    After the Bishops game, we got to see one of their senior teams face an English county under the lights: a brilliant experience.
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  • Day8

    Our final game was a 40 over-per-side affair against Newlands Cricket High School, once again with a cloud-wrapped Table Mountain in the background.
    Following our lack of success batting first, captain John Oliver won the toss and decided to field first. Both himself (10-1-37-1) and Arman Khan began their opening spells well and this showed when the opposition were reduced to 19/2 then 65/3 in 14 overs. They both probed at testing areas and the batsmen generally found it tough to find the boundary. The introduction of our best spinner this tour- Jamie Percival (6-1-40-1) - yielded a few tight overs. However, while pressure was building, we failed to capitalise on this until an outstanding effort from Man of The Tour Ruairidh Russell at cover. High catches aren't easy, looking into the sun isn't easy and running backwards isn't easy. Nevertheless, Russell effortlessly did all three with such agility that he bagged a sensational catch. From there on in, Adam McMurray (2-0-7-0) and Greg Macmillan (8-1-36-0) both bowled well to maintain pressure. Particular mention must go to the latter for bowling an extremely consistent and tight line and length in what was by far the best spell of offspin bowling this tour. Nonetheless, we lost a bit of control as the innings progressed and an opposition partnership dangerously developed. This eventually led to an opposition total of 256/7. However, aside from some brilliant catches from Oliver in the slip cordon and Percival running in at long-off, and excellent keeping from Fraser Gordon, what stood out from the innings was Arman Khan's gritty 5-for: 8-0-69-5. Despite some poor fielding and talented batsmen, he patiently co stricted each of his overs and his achievement is evidence of this.
    Chasing such a big total, we were looking for batsmen to stay at the crease. When Ross Heginbottom and Jamie Percival strolled out to the crease, they did just that by occupying the crease for 8 overs and scoring 21 runs. Unfortunately, the opposition also chose to get involved in sledging and making comments which were too far across the line of the MCC Spirit of Cricket. They placed both a short leg and silli square leg under the batsmen's nose, and aside from fielding, their main job was to put off the batsman by making inappropriate comments and constantly talking while the bowlers were running up. Both our openers and No3 John Oliver fell due to their lack of concentration which may well have been a result of this act. In addition, the umpires were the home team's and one of them told Jamie Percival to "Shut up and stop moaning" when he politely informed them of the MCC Spirit of Cricket. Nonetheless, when Arman Khan strode out to give them a taste of their own medicine, the two close-in fielders fled to the boundary. Khan and Russell then constructed a 69 run partnership to take the team total to 95/3 when Russell fell to an unlucky nick. Khan carried on in his flamboyant style, never more evident than when he danced down the crease to send the ball flying for a huge 6 over the bowler's head. He too was unlucky to go for a counter-attacking 46(71). After the enterprising pair departed, the innings sadly folded due to a lack of application and poor decision-making and we ended on 135/10 after 39.2 overs.
    That said, this was our best performance of the tour: Khan's steely determination despite under par performances in previous games, Russell's superb fielding and hard fought innings and a huge team display in the field.
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  • Day1

    Without a doubt one of the best feelings ever to arrive at the airport with an entourage of family with banners and presents waiting for us.

    To put the icing on the cake we headed straight home to meet the rest of the family for a proper braai (BBQ).

    Truly blessed to be with all our loved ones.


  • Day6

    Picked up our friend, Cindy, at Jo'burg airport and drove to our first campsite in Kruger. Drive took a little longer than expected and arrived at sunset. Had lots of 'fun' setting up our camp for the first time as the sun was setting, but eventually got settled and quickly reminded of two things: 1. night time is noisy in the African bush and 2. monkeys are quick. Yes, we were mugged by monkeys, again, 1st day into our camping trip. Went out for a drive next morning with some great animals - giraffes, elephants, buffalo, hippos, crocs and lots of other great critters (Cindy would request we mention the adorable warthogs). Also, very lucky to spot two rhino. Two nights at this camp then heading up north.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

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