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Wild Adventure – Namibia and Kgalagadi Day 1 and Day 2

The plan was to meet our friends ‘The Mools” at Springbok on Sunday 28 October. The Earl and I, however, decided to leave a day earlier and slept over at Citrus Creek Caravan Park.  From there our itinerary looks like this:

  • 28/10/2018 – Springbok Caravan Park
  • 29/10/2018 – Two nights Ai Ais, Namibia
  • 31/10/2018 – Hardap Dam, Mariental, Namibia
  • 01/11/2018 – Anjo Guest House, Windhoek, Namibia
  • 02/11/2018 – Two Nights Waterberg Plateau, Namibia
  • 04/11/2018 – Three Nights Namutoni Rest Camp, Etosha National Park, Namibia
  • 07/11/2018 – Three Nights Halal Rest Camp, Etosha National Park, Namibia
  • 10/11/2018 – Three Nights Okaukeujo Rest Camp, Etosha National Park, Namibia
  • 13/11/2018 – Anjo Guest House, Namibia
  • 14/11/2018 – Three nights Mata Mata Rest Camp, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa
  • 17/11/2018 – Three nights Nossob Rest Camp, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
  • 20/11/2018 – Three nights Twee Rivieren Rest Camp, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
  • 23/11/2018 – Make our way home

So at 10:30 am on Saturday 27 October 2018 we were packed and ready to start our adventure.   First stop was for a leisurely breakfast at Stormsvlei Farm Stall.  Here they have tables set in a beautiful garden where the pets wander around freely.

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It was a pleasant drive to Citrusdal, not much traffic but a few delays due to road construction.   We arrived at Citrus Creek Caravan Park at around 4 pm and set up camp under a shady pine tree.  It was very hot – 42 degrees C. The only option was to plunge into the pool which was most refreshing.

We cooked our pork chops in a pan on the induction stove, enjoyed the cool of the evening and went to bed early.

The next morning we made our way to Springbok stopping at Klawer Wimpy for breakfast.    Once again it was very hot with the mercury climbing to the mid forties. We booked a cabin and a caravan site at the caravan park so that the Mools would not have to set up their tent for just the one night. Our caravan park did not have much shade but we found a spot that would do. After unhitching we went into Springbok found a Checkers and shopped for provisions.  We made it just in time as they closed at 2 pm.  Back at camp The Earl had a nap until The Mools arrived at 4.  We all had a refreshing swim in the pool and had fun watching some dusky sunbirds, weavers, mousebirds and martins.

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Masked Weaver

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Refreshing Swim

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Dusky Sunbird

We used the cabin kitchen for catering, braaied some lamb chops and boerewors and enjoyed the balmy evening.  Once again it was early to bed!

We won’t have internet for a while but the story will continue when we do!

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Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Bone

Here is my contribution to this week’s Stream of consciousness prompt from Linda

It was pure chance that I met Priyanka.  I was not supposed to sit next to her on that flight between Barcelona and London.   There was somebody else in my assigned spot and he hopped up the second I arrived and made his way to where he should be.  But his wife looked so distraught and muttered something in Italian.   She was a nervous traveller, couldn’t speak Spanish or English and now her husband couldn’t sit with her. Using all the wrong words in a crazy sentence construction I said, “Vuoi marito sedersi qui?”   You want husband sit here?

“Si, per favore, si.”  She replied.  My daughter who was travelling with me did not mind us being separated. I was bone-tired after weeks of travelling and not in the mood to chat so I settled down to read my Kindle and almost dozed off when the stewardess handed me a landing card and I started filling it in. “Do I need one of those?” asked the young girl beside me – “Only if you don’t belong to the EU.” I replied.  She was from Barcelona so no problem there. Of course she wanted to know where I hailed from.  “South Africa,”  said I.

“Oh – I’m planning a trip there in October.  I haven’t booked yet but my friend and I want to visit Cape Town, The Garden Route, Drakensberg and Kruger National Park”

All my favourite places – so of course I took her email address and a week or so later sent her the bones of a suggested itinerary and invited her and her friends to spend a day with us in Struisbaai.  And that is exactly what they did – all because of sitting in the wrong seat and filling in a landing card!

We had such fun showing these delightful young people our tiny neck of the woods yesterday afternoon.  We visited the Southern Tip, The Agulhas Light House, the harbour and then spent the evening drinking an excellent Cape Wine (Springfield Life from Stone) and enjoying a traditional South African braai!  We were delighted to see that they did not hesitate to hold a chop or chicken bone in their fingers!

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Three Spaniards and an Italian at the Southern Tip of Africa

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Maria, Roberta, Juan and Priyanka

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Juan wanted to see birds – we showed him a few including this black shouldered kite

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The mongooses were in their usual spot

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Unfortunately the stingrays did not turn up – the boats did not go out so there was no fish cleaning to attract them

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Smoke gets in their eyes at the braai!

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Our Four Friends – Juan, Maria, Priyanka and Roberta (the Italian)

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Eating Chicken Wings and Drinking Life from Stone.

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Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge – Things people play with

Here is my take on this week’s Fun Photo Challenge from Cee.

While visiting Prague we had dinner at a restaurant that had a toy train theme.  It was set up with a proper working toy railway system.  Once your drinks were ordered they were delivered directly to your table by train!  It was great fun and a wonderful way to bring out the inner child.

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Share Your World – 8 October 2018

The Questions from Sparks This Week

Do you prefer Apple (‘I’ products) or Android for your technology ‘fix’?   

My grandsons and daughter desperately want me to go for Android but I am an Apple kinda gal!   I do still have a ‘normal’ laptop but my tablet and phone are Apple and I love them and will not change.  I almost got myself an Apple Mac Computer when my Dell died last year but ……. Just too expensive!   I’m regretting it but who knows if my current laptop doesn’t start behaving I’m going to ditch it, dig deep into the savings and get me an APPLE MAC.

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What’s something on your personal bucket list? 

I don’t actually have a list of things I want to do before I die.  However, I do want to do as much as possible while I am in good health and have the means to enjoy what’s left of Life.   So top of my imaginary list is SKI aka Spend the Kids’ Inheritance.

I made up my mind when I retired that I would not miss an opportunity to do anything adventurous if it presented itself – within sane reason of course!   I’m NOT going to Skydive or Bungy Jump.  However, although I dislike heights, speed and boats – I will go on a cruise, hot air balloon or anything else that challenges my comfort zone if I’m pressed.

The plan is to travel to as many countries as I can afford and also to indulge my passion for Eco- tourism but that is something I’ve done for many years so it’s not new.   Birds are my passion so if I can go somewhere to see a new bird – I’m in!

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What would you name your boat if you had one?   The Unsinkable 3? The Please Don’t Sink? Your choice! Also, what would it look like? Do you want a motor yacht, a sailboat, or perhaps a dinghy?

I am not a boat person!  But the love of my life is!  He has/had a boat – it’s name was Kiora which means Point of Gold.   Well actually he has had a few boats named that, the latest one he sold recently to a friend so it still lives in our boat garage.

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The Ex-boat – Kiora

My dream boat would be a very large cruise ship.  It would be very big and The Earl would be the Captain – because with him in charge nothing would go wrong.   He would control a crew of well trained sailors and other staff and we would sail around the world with all our friends.   The food would be amazing, we’d have butlers and ladies’ maids seeing to our every need, we’d travel on perfectly calm seas and the on board entertainment would be world class.   The Earl would call it  – New Horizons.

This is after all Share Your World Land so anything is possible!

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Which fictional character would be the most boring to meet in real life? 

Eeyore – I love him but he is so grumpy and unlike Christopher Robin and crew who tolerate him with the utmost patience I’d want to ‘fix’ him!

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And finally: 

What brought gratitude, a smile or laughter to your life this week?

Funny you should ask as I have had this really happy feeling this week – Life Is Good.  I spent 10 days away in the caravan in Knysna and with my rural family in Plettenberg Bay – how lucky am I to be able to just drop everything and do that!

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What made me smile and laugh – My daughter sent me a photograph of a heron.  Mom – It’s scary – I stopped my car to take a photograph of a BIRD – I’m turning into my parents!  You see when she was a teenager she got extremely irritated when said parents stopped for every – little – bird – they – saw!   So that me smile and laugh out loud!

The Child’s Heron

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Highlights of Plettenberg Bay

Yes we visited the kids in Plettenberg Bay just two weeks ago but you can’t do a trip to Knysna without popping in for a short visit to the kids who are just an hour away!

The Earl only booked till Tuesday morning at Monks, forgetting that there was still the competition prize-giving we could have gone to. We tried to get the extra night but due to school holidays and another upcoming fishing event the campsite was fully booked.  So we packed up early and made our way to Plett.  It was not the most pleasant pack up as it decided to rain.  Luckily we got done before it really poured!   It continued on and off all of Tuesday but the rest of the time we had great weather.

On Wednesday morning we were enjoying a cup of coffee on the patio when we spotted a para-glider flying over the farm.   I wanted to take a photo but by the time I stirred myself to fetch the camera, The Earl, – said – Hey – he’s coming down!

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Not my photo – but he looked like this – Thank you Google

The para-glider disappeared behind the pine trees about 4 km away but still on the farm.  “We’ve got to go and rescue him!” yelled the Earl.  Ooooh – how exciting – an adventure.  He, Lauren and I rushed to the Everest and made our way gingerly along the rough farm roads. “I know exactly where he landed,” The Earl assured us ” But keep your eyes open – he must have seen the road from the air and will make his way toward it.”

Because of the terrain it was slow going with the Everest in 4X4 mode for most of the way.   Finally we turned onto the field where we thought he’d landed. and sure enough a surprised young man with a large back pack appeared from behind the trees.

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And yes he was pleased to see us. He was trying to fly to Uniondale but the thermals let him down and he had to land.   There were two others with him but they landed many miles further away.   We took him to the launch site where his car was parked. His friends had already been to collect theirs.  Andries was most grateful that we had come to fetch him – it would have taken him a very long time to walk to the farm and then to the launch site.

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The Launch Site

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This is what you launch yourself into

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He was very interesting to talk to and offered us all a free tandem flight whenever we wanted to have such an adventure.  Not me thanks, Andries – but perhaps my four grandkids will do it during the Christmas Holidays!

On Thursday Lauren’s old high school friend, Saskia came to visit.   She and her family were camping at Keurboom’s.   She brought her 10-year-old with her while her hubby and older son were playing golf.   Simon and Josh hit it off straight away and went off to fish in one of the dams while Lauren, Saskia and I went for a walk on the farm.

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If you look carefully you will see the fishing boys – Grandpa was not far away – Boys of all ages love to fish!

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The Road less travelled – downhill to the dam – uphill back to the farm!

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Saskia and Lauren

 

It was an awesome visit but home was calling and on Friday morning we headed back to our Struisbaai.  We are now preparing for The Great Trek to Namibia at the end of this month!

 

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More fun in Knysna

We woke to much cooler weather today and had a little late lie in before getting up and setting up to do a bit of exploring. Breakfast at Whe was lovely.   There weren’t many other people there as it is more of a lunch and dinner venue with fresh oysters being their specialty.  Well actually if you want to enjoy fresh oysters you’re spoiled for choice in Knysna!

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The Earl had an omelette with three fillings for R40 and I had Eggs Benedict with spinach for R63 – not bad and both were very good.

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Were they saving water on washing up by serving the food on papered boards?

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I rather liked the barrels being turned into mirrors

 

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Staff making sure the oysters are kept in pristine containers 

After breakfast we walked on the wharf and found some local lady fishermen.   What a good way to ensure the family are fed on healthy fare.

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We then took a drive over Phantom Pass which was rather lovely.  We spotted some birds including the Knysna Turaco but weren’t able to get the photo!

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Cape Weaver

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Black-shoudered Kite

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Speckled Mousebird

The Earl took the photos of the Second Fishing Day.  Our Western Province Juniors and Seniors did very well

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Garth and Pam had us over for a braai again this evening.  It was great socialising with good friends.

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Garth and Earl – Friends for over sixty years

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Me and Pam