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  • Day9

    Safari in Kruger National Park

    May 19, 2016 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    We were up at 4:15 this morning in order to get ready and be on the bus by 5:15 so we could get into Kruger for the sunrise. The only problem with this was that it was raining and quite chilly so unfortunately there was no stunning sunrise for us!

    Once we got to the park we transferred into our safari vehicles and entered through Numbi gate for an all day game drive. As it was still drizzling out we were given rain ponchos to put on so that we could keep dry as we zoomed along in the open sided vehicle.

    It took us about a half hour before we came across our first animal sighting, wild (or painted) dogs lying beside the edge of the road. Kruger Park is huge - about two thirds the size of Vancouver Island or about the size of the state of Connecticut.
    Because of this animal sightings can be quite spaced apart versus some of the smaller parks or private game reserves. This resulted in a lot of driving when there was a sighting reported over the radio.

    We drove for almost three hours before stopping at Skukuza Gate to have a bite to eat and a bathroom break and then we were off in search of game once again. We made a second stop back at Skukuza gate another couple of hours later before our final drive of the day and before heading back to the hotel.

    Throughout the day in addition to the wild dogs, we saw a couple of lions, a couple of cheetahs, several elephants, some baboons, some kudus, a couple of crocodiles, a vervet monkey, a few hyenas, lots of elephants, some water buffalo, a couple of hippos, some giraffes, a warthog family and dozens and dozens of Impala. All in all a pretty amazing day!!

    Thankfully the weather cleared up shortly after we started our first game drive and got progressively warmer throughout the day. As we're heading into winter here, the mornings have been cool and hazy before clearing mid morning and becoming sunny and warm in the afternoons. The temperature range has been about 50 degrees in the morning and up to about 75 degrees some afternoons. The rain this morning was the only rain we've seen so far.

    We had dinner and drinks with some of our travelling companions and turned in for the night after showering all of the day's grit off. Tomorrow we take a panoramic drive to Johannesburg.
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  • Day10

    Panoramic Drive to Johannesburg

    May 20, 2016 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    The coach left this morning at 7:15 so we had the opportunity to actually sleep in a little compared to other mornings. Of course I woke up at 4:22 and finally got out of bed at 5:15. We had about a six hour drive to Jo'burg but the plan was to stop along the way to see various scenic areas. Once again the weather was against us as our first stop was to be at a place called God's Window.

    God's Window is a scenic view point 1730 meters high up on Drakensberg escarpment in Mpumalonga province that gives breathtaking views of the lowvelds and Kruger National Park. Unfortunately it was high enough today to be completely socked in with fog so as our tour guide put it, the curtains to God's Window were closed today.

    We skipped the stop and carried on to Blyde River Canyon, which is the third largest canyon in the world behind the Grand Canyon and Fish Canyon, also in South Africa. We stopped at a place called Bourke's Luck Potholes where we had a great view of the sandstone potholes that were carved by the river flowing through over time.

    Our next stop was in a small town called Dullstroom where we had lunch at a place called Harrie's Pancakes. I wasn't sure about a pancake place for lunch but this was not was I expected! You could order sweet or savoury and we ordered a chicken and mushroom pancake and it was delicious!! It was more like a chicken pot pie in flavour but definitely was chicken and mushrooms wrapped in a pancake. I haven't mentioned yet that the food and drinks all over South Africa have been quite cheap! A glass of wine is about $2.50 Cdn, a beer $1.70 and most meals have been under $10. The only meal that was more expensive was the meal in Cape Town where we went out for a really nice dinner. Even then, the bill was about $160 Cdn for six people including drinks!

    After lunch we had about 2.5 hours more driving on the motorway to get into Jo'burg.
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