The 3 A's... Africa, Asia & the Americas
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Hi Everyone (you might
want to print this off and read it later when you've got time) It's been AGES
since I wrote with our travel adventures.
I can;t believe just how quickly 4
months in C&S America flew by. We finished off South America with 3 weeks in
Rio where we rented an apartment one street away from Copacabana Beach (did I
already tell you that?) and vegged for the whole time. We had to drag
ourselves off the beach to go and see Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado
mountain and Sugar Loaf mountain!! It was worth it though.
5 Days in London
getting spoilt with delicious home cooked meals from Simon's Mum, sitting in
front of the fire eating choccies and drinking a good old cup of english tea,
and visiting our old Noth London haunts went by VERY quickly indeed!!! And
then we were bound for South Africa!! We were joined by Simon's mum and dad
for the first 2 weeks and so that was very much like a holiday - we had a
We started our adventures in CapeTown where we spent a few days
visiting the sights - Table Mountain, Cape of Good Hope/ Cape Point, the
beautiful beaches round the city, the new Waterfront development - a big
shopping area with restaurants etc. CapeTown is a lovely city, very clean,
lots of new developments and some really posh houses. There's an area called
Camps Bay and Clifton where the houses are something else. Sprawling mansions
overlooking the ocean. Some were set high on the mountain so they had their
own funicular railway up to their house from the street. This is luxury city!!
Now we'd managed 4 months in C&S America without getting 1 upset tummy and
were feeling very fortunate indeed. I realised that it had to catch up with us
at some point, unfortunately my time came in CapeTown! I'll spare you the
details..... I was very lucky that it only lasted 24 hrs though. After CT we
headed down the famous Garden Route towards a beautiful little place called
Wilderness - it has a beautiful white sandy beach that sprawls for miles and
miles... It really reminds my of around West Coast Australia where I grew up.
We stayed in a lovely hostel called Fairy Knowe Backpackers. It was right out
in the country set right by the river with an old steam railway that ran by at
the end of the garden. It felt like something out of 19th century england...
The beaches all along the Garden Route and further along are all wide
sprawling, white sandy beaches..... one thing though, they are sooooo windy.
Honestly, you get sprayed by wind everytime you step onto the beach - and it
hurts!! We had an amusing day in Wildernesss when we went for a nice walk in
the counrty and got chased by Baboons - they even threw stones at us!! I
didn't quite realise how bad the situation was so was calm as you like, but
Simon jumped down off the path onto a dry river bed, and dragged his mum in a
fireman's lift behind him. It was quite funny afterwards, but we were all
pretty shaken at the time....
We left Simon;s parents at Wilderness but only
for a few days. They were heading for the Stellenbosch wine area and then were
getting a flight from CT to go to a game reserve right past Durban. We would
meet then at the game reserve in 4 days time. So we had 4 days to travel over
2000km !!!! We hired a car to do the journey and to be honest it has been a
godsend!! We travelled from Wilderness to a place called Port St Johns on the
This is a beautiful area - very wild with beautiful beaches
again. We stayed oin a lovely little backpackers place which was a cottage
that takes 6 people, set right on the ocean. It really was idyllic. WE took a
walk along the coast to a nature reserve. Here we saw our first zebra!@! It
was amazing, we just walked off the coast into the reserve and there, about 5
feet from us was a couple of zebra grazing. He didn't bat an eyelid.... We
were gobsmacked!! So that was baboons and zebra we'd seen!! From PSJ we
travelled to this place called Gringdolovu, where we were told there was a
great backpackers place ....
We slept in little zulu huts. They had an
aromatherapy bath which we were very jealous we didn't get to try cos it
looked amazing!! It was an old-style freestanding bath under the stars, with
just frosted glass partitions around - an open wood fire was lit next to you
and the bath was filled with herbs and aromatherapy oils..... it looked very
romantic indeed. Another couple were having a bath that night so we missed
Next stop was Hluhluwe Game Reserve - the highlight of our trip so
far. We'd booked accommodation in the reserve so we just drove into the
reserve. Our jaws dropped when we drove in there and saw a herd of zebra just
munching at the side of the road!!! We drove a little further and we saw
buffalo and wilderbeest!!! We went for an afternoon drive in the car and saw a
family of giraffe less then 2 metres away from us. I was just astounded!!!
More was to come....
We went for a game drive that night and oh my god..... we
saw a lion walking along the road towards us. We got a bit scared when the
game driver switched off the lights.... the bloomin' lion was right next to
us!! He carried on walking towards us and went down the side of the car, back
on the road and walked away from us, stopping now and again to mark his
territory!!! THEN we saw.... a leopard!!! it was stalking a herd if Impala.
Again we almost pooed our pants when the driver insisted we switch off the
lamps so as not to disturb him. There we were, sat in an open game vehicle, a
leopard, not more than 20 metres away and we can't see a bloomin' thing!!!!!
Aren't leopards one the fastest creatures on land???..... mmmmm.
everything paled into insignificance - baboons, getaway!, zebra, pah! rhino,
seen those, hyena - oh . It was an amazing couple of days.... We're now in
Swaziland, chilling out. Si's M&D have gone home after a great holiday...
We're heading up to Kruger Park, the biggest game reserve in S Africa where
we'll hopefully see lots more animals. We haven't seen an elephant or a
cheetah yet..... Fingers crossed. Apartheid may be abolished, but it certainly
isn't dead in S Africa. It's an amazing country which has come an awful long
way politically, however there are still a few generations that hold their
very strong views and these will not disappear overnight....
Will stay in
touch whenever we can (internet is not as prevalent as in America) Hope you
are all well....
Lots of love , wendy xxxxxxxxxx
Public Holidays in South Africa