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  • Day104

    Richards Bay, South Africa

    March 31, 2015 in South Africa

    We arrived in Richards Bay to begin a safari to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve.
    What is remarkable about this game reserve is that they have single-handedly repopulated the white rhino which has now been removed from the endangered list.
    Jeff and I had been on safari before in Tanzania, but the rhino was the only animal that we didn’t see much of - we saw one at a great distance. We saw many white rhinos today! In fact, there were several times that a mother and baby rhino crossed the road in front or back of our vehicle. A couple of times we had a rhino within 20’ of us! We were even close enough to see (and smell) one marking it’s territory. It looks a bit like a the fine spray nozzle from your hose. Yikes. They are remarkable animals and it is wonderful to see their numbers rising again. Poaching is still a horrible problem and poachers are continually coming up with new ways to get their prey (helicopters are one of the latest ways). Some groups of rhinos have a 24 hour guard.
    This is also the homeland of the Zulu tribe. They are a warm and friendly tribe that speaks a language that incorporates “clicks”. I haven’t mastered it, but it’s interesting to try!
    The first photo is a white rhino up close!
    The second photo is a rhino and her baby.
    The third photo is a giraffe that passed in front of us.
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  • Day107

    Richards Bay, South Africa

    March 31, 2015 in South Africa

    We arrived in South Africa along the coast of the state of KwaZulu-Natal (or home of the Zulu people) in the little shipping port of Richards Bay. Not much going on in the town but just an hour or so out of town was the Hluhluwe-Omfolokie Game Reserve. A huge game reserve that is almost as old as Yosemite. The drive was great in that we saw some things we have not seen much of. Particularly the white rhino. We saw one initially as we came in the park and were all excited seeing it from several hundred feet away but over the course of the day we saw them walk past our jeep at about 10 feet with their little babies and just look at us like they were about to ram us. It was quite incredible how many and how close they came. We didn't get to see the elephants and lions but we had seen them before and the drive was worth it just for the rhinos. South Africa, for all it's history and problems, is much more modern and developed then some of the places we have been to in the past week. There seems to be some hope for a future that can "raise all boats" as the saying goes. We are taking a tour of a South African township that is given by the township itself when we get into the area around the eastern cape in a couple days. That should be interesting since we have all seen and heard about the townships as they related to violence and uprising against apartheid.Read more

  • Day20

    Wenn drei vier Stunden im Auto sitzen

    August 12, 2016 in South Africa

    Eine lange Autofahrt stand uns bevor. Knapp 4 Stunden reine Fahrzeit.

    Aber jetzt mal von Anfang an:

    Wir quälten uns um 05:30 Uhr aus dem Bett, um den zweiten Game Drive (Safari) zu unternehmen. 2 1/2 Stunden durch den Tembe Elephant Park, um die Big Five doch noch zu sehen. Eine Stunde sind wir durch Nebel gefahren und haben nichts gesehen. Dann doch einige Impalas und ähnliches. Das war es dann aber auch.

    Nach dem Frühstück sind wir los Richtung Durban. Wir haben einen Zwischenstopp in Richards Bay eingelegt und zu Mittag gegessen. Sehr nett, aber nichts los.

    In Umdloti (unsere Unterkunft ist hier) erfuhren wir dann, dass zwar Strom non-stop verfügbar ist, aber das Wasser nicht. Oh je.

    Von 4 Uhr bis 9 Uhr morgens und von 16 - 21 Uhr sind die Leitungen geöffnet. Naja, es gibt Schlimmeres.

    Gegessen haben wir ganz wunderbar gleich um die Ecke.

    Der Countdown läuft, bis wir am Montag Abend wieder in den Flieger steigen - schade, man kann sich durchaus an dieses fantastische Land gewöhnen.

    Gute Nacht 🌙✨
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