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    • Day 3

      Our first night wild camping

      February 25, 2022 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      After a very bad nights sleep I woke up at 6:30am and Ellie woke up at around 8am. The people in the chalet next door to us must have been deaf, because there TV was up so load we could clearly hear it in our room. To top it off our room just got hotter and hotter and by 1:30am I gave up trying to sleep and went an sat out by the swimming 25 meters from our room and I could still hear next doors TV. The planes landing and taking off also didn’t help and although they did stop big planes at 1am, at 6:30sm on the dot they were coming back in.
      At 8:30am we went for a cooked breakfast of Bacon, eggs and chips and then had a shower and sorted our stuff out for leaving.
      Pieter and Hilda were supposed to pick us up from our guest lodge between 11 and 12 but by 1pm they hadn’t arrived and slight panic set in, but at 2pm just before the heavens opened they arrived and we loaded up his Toyota Land Cruiser and trailer and off we went. Unbeknown to us another guest had booked to come on our trip 2 days ago an American girl called Becky. So off we went to a different airport to collect her.
      On the way there was a mega thunderstorm and it even blocked the sun out it was so dark and heavy with rain. It took us 2 hours to get to the airport and it should have taken us 30 minutes, but eventually we picked Becky up and we are now a group of 5. Pieter who is native South African, Hilda, from Norway, Becky from New York and us from the UK. All we have in common is adventure.
      Our first stop and first camp is Pilingsberg National Park, and after once again driving through mega thunderstorms we arrived at around 5pm. At the entrance we were greeted by hundreds of impala’s and after Pieter checked us in, he drove us straight to our first camp spot.
      It is a designated camping area and although there are other campers here we feel pretty isolated. There’s even 2 motorhomes just like Wanda. We all unloaded the trailer and Pieter gave us all our tents and camping gear and each of set to work putting the tents up and then putting in the bedding and lights, whoever was finished first went in to help the next person. While Pieter sorted out the fire and food and got the drinks flowing. Already we are becoming a little team. Pieter cooked a lovely meal of South African sausage, with corn on the cob and salad on an open fire and then we all sat around the fire talking talking before finally calling it a day and crawling into our tents at 9:30pm.
      This is it, Our first night wild camping in a tent in Africa!!
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    • Day 2

      Tag 2 Safari Teil 1

      February 13 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Heute gings auf Safari in den Nationalpark Pilanesberg. Direkt mal um 3.45 Uhr aufgestanden und Abfahrt war um 4.30 Uhr. Die Fahrt war lang aber es hat sich gelohnt! Leider ohne Großkatzen, aber sonst alles was das Herz begehrt! Die Elefanten kamen uns auch sehr nahe grade mal 2 Meter entfernt! Es war ein langer Tag, wir waren dann auch erst um 18.30 Uhr wieder auf der Lodge. Unterwegs haben wir noch spontan ein Chamäleon gerettet, das wurde von so Straßenhändlern angeboten. Jetzt darf es auf der Farm wohnen!Read more

    • Day 42

      A teenager in South Africa!

      August 10, 2018 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Isaac turns 13! Big day for our first born, today he becomes a teenager.
      Over the past 13 years Isaac has visited Florida, Canada's east coast, California, Hawaii and Australia, all before our current adventure. And now here we are celebrating birthday #13 in South Africa. Isaac, you amaze us every day. You are becoming a great young man and you remain a wonderful big brother. We are so happy to share in your birthday while traveling the world. As always, we hope all your birthday wishes come true and we hope you realize that there is so much to see and so much to do in this world. Don't ever let your life get boring, don't ever stop looking for adventures, don't ever stop dreaming and don't ever stop making those dreams come true. Happy 13th birthday Isaac. (Who wants to bet this teenager is in for another party once we get back home?)

      Our South African family, Verity, the Hildebrand and Williams family, spoiled Isaac and helped make this milestone birthday even more memorable.
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    • Day 43

      Vacation in a vacation #2

      August 11, 2018 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Thanks to our South African family we were able to arrange a long weekend getaway to the Manyane Resort at Pilanesberg National Park […]. About 2.5 hours from Johannesburg, we stayed in a chalet, did a self-drive safari, walked some trails, joined a guided game drive, swam in the pool, bar-b-q’d, drank and enjoyed.Read more

    • Day 45

      Pilanesberg departure and pizza!

      August 13, 2018 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      The final day of our South African safari. We check out of our chalet and spend some time with the Hildebrand’s. Playing cards and even some freezing cold pool time before we pack up for our drive home. We had some tough farewells (and promises to not wait another 18 years to visit) and thank yous with Louise and the kids, thank you all for helping make our visit to South Africa amazing and memorable. Sean drove us to rendezvous with Verity. We enjoy a waffle treat before returning to Johannesburg. Tonight Isaac offered to make dinner!Read more

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