hut we stayed in kids travelled in the back of the ute we had two 4×4’s for the 11 of us
amazing African sunsets Gwynfor and kids swimming in pool at base camp
elephants were absolutely amazing made your heart pump.
cheetas are very rare to site, we were lucky. lots of animals had babies as it ’s after the spring when they mate so lots of fresh young.
Rhys spotlighting on night safari ,he spotted a lion very pleased with himself.
This is all of us. Jill,Gwynfor, Jack, Aislin, Rhys Tanya, Evan ,Ella, Zetty, Marge(zettys Mum) and Peter the last morning before we set of.
You can’t describe just how amazing it was, the thrill of coming across all these amazing animals and being able to watch them in their natural environment and watching them interact with each other from a 1-2 week old elephant suckling on it’s mother to elephant bulls fighting to show dominance ,at one of the water holes we saw hippos out of the water also very rare to see as they spend all their time in the water through the day. There are far to many photos to show you, of all the animals we saw. It was sad that our time was up in the Kruger we all loved it.
The Sudwala Caves are on our way to the Kruger National Park. We went on an hour tour through the caves, it was very interesting.We learnt all about stalagmites , stalactites and rock flows. These caves were used by the Zulu kings and tribes to hide in and for shelter they stay at a constant temperature of 16-18 degrees.
Today ,we are still very up in the air with sleep patterns but we will get there. The flights were very good, kids were great, didn’t sleep much but they were more than kept busy with inflight entertainment. Zetty organised for us to go to the Primary School where her Step Mum works. It was fantastic to see, we went around most of the class rooms and the kids were as intrigued to see our kids as we were to see them. Very welcoming, the kids have the most beautiful faces. As everywhere in South Africa all perimeters have the barbwire and Rhys made the comment that "they sure don’t want the kids to get out do they",The school was very similar size to ours, great facilities, the main differences being the class sizes were 40 and that they had year sevens there as well. Only because they don’t have enough room in the High Schools. It was a great experience.
South Africa is similar to Australia in many ways but there also many differences
- Security. You don’t drive without everything locked. All houses have either barbwire up to 8-10 metres high around them ,Even shopping centres have security everywhere.
- There are basically no laws on the roads, lots of trucks and utes will have the trays packed with black workers rain, hail or shine . speeding is normal, drink driving is the only way to get home from being out, as you don’t catch taxis.
- things are very clean, as the black workers get very little in wages they have heaps of them to clean and tidy.It;s very weird where we are staying at the moment (Zettys sisters house)she has a maid and a gardener.Basically your not to clean up at all ,you leave all dishes on the table or on the bar, if you prepare food it goes straight into the maids kitchen, so there is no mess. When we got back from the Kruger all our dirty washing and I had heaps! goes straight into the laundry. I am finding it hard, I was doing a little tidying and I was told not to!
We left for Albury at 8:30 am, having got up at 5:30 am to finalise the house and luggage both Gwyfor and I were feeling very seeding and tired. Not mentioning any names FLOSS! who didn’t leave until 1:30 am we had a nice session on Barcardi and coke cans, thought we better had ,seeing UK don’t have them. Bring on Holidays!
We got our taxi to our backpackers in Newtown ,Sydney. Dumped our bags and caught a bus into the city . Went to Cirular Quay had a wander, they were setting up for Australian Idol near Opera house. Must find out who won.
Then we decided to take the ferry to Manly,nice little trip over there. We headed straight for the beach and not long the kids had stripped off and were in the surf. They had a ball,only thing they were covered in sand and were wet when we caught the ferry and bus home.Our accomodation was excellant and in Newtown it’s the hub for restaraunts., we had some yummy Thia, the kids had it as well keeping in with our motto when we are somewhere different we have to try something different(food).
Well we have probably left by the time you all get this, but I thought I would show you all a few pics from our farewell. It was a fun night , with a few drinks, lots of laughs and a bit of dancing. It was lovely to catch up with all that went.
We have had many other farewell drinks ( I think we will have to go on holidays to detox!) Had Gwynfors farewell drinks at his work tonight and catching up with a few on our final night. WOW! that sounds weird, final night.
It’s funny everyone is asking" are you excited" ,I’m sure I will be when we have half a moment to think about. We will finish the final packing and weighing cases which is a bit of a dilemma at the moment. We will get there, we can only take what we can take.
The kids have their last day of school tomorrow (20th Nov), then we are off on Wednesday, flying from Albury to Sydney. Spending the day in Sydney, then flying from Sydney to Johannesburg South Africa on Thurs 22nd.