Sunday, July 20, 2014

In Cape Town

Saturday, July 12, 2014

After the CSC assignment is completed, it is time for a well deserved vacation.  My husband Michael joined me in Jo'burg, and explored Jo'burg and Pretoria on his own during the time I was finishing the assignment.

We planned two weeks of the most exciting southern Africa vacation. Our first stop is Cape Town, and we took an early morning flight to get there.

Cape Town is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It has the most amazing natural surroundings between the Table Mountain and ocean, and is a sophisticated cultural center with bustling farmers fresh food markets, and excellent coffee and wines.

At the Neighborhood Market next to the Old Biscuit Mill.
 District Six museum - the multicultural, multiracial District Six was bulldozed by the
Apartheid in '60.
 In Bo'Kaap, the colorful neighborhood of Cape Malays.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Waterfront and Hout Bay

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday started cloudy, so we decided to explore Waterfront and Hout Bay instead of going to the Table Mountain.  Hout Bay, a quaint fishing community, offers great markets and a working port.

Excellent coffee at the Hout Bay's kraft market.
The Hout Bay's port.

We finished the day at the Waterfront, watching Germany win the World Cup, and a crowd at the Waterfront rooting and celebrating.

Waterfront by night.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Cape of Good Hope

Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday was a perfect day for the Cape of Good Hope.  We rented a car and hit the road through the most spectacular landscape to the most south western point of the African continent.  Going south from this point, there is nothing to stop you from reaching Antarctica.  As I expected from the end of the world, it is beauty is windy, ragged, untamed, wild and utterly awesome.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Lions in Kruger

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

We left Cape Town at 6:00am flying to Jo'burg where we rented a car.  It tok us some 6 hours to drive through the highveld and the then down to the lowveld and into Kruger National Park.  Kruger is a true treasure of South Africa -- it's a large, well-run National Park with magnificent weildlife and beautiful expansive vistas.  To top off the day we took a night drive were where we saw lions and leopards.

 Driving through the highveld

and into the lowveld.
 The entrance to Kruger National Park at Crocodile Bridge- take a quick left at Komaatiport when you see the Mozambique border post on the horizon.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Big 5 - leopards, lions, rinos, elephants and buffalos

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

We got up early in the morning for a morning drive with our ranger Clive.  It was the best drive we ever did. -- We saw all Big 5 in the same morning. Then, we spent the day driving to our next Camp, Olifants Rest Camp in the middle of the Park overlooking the Olifants River.


 Lion cubs playing.



In Cape Town

Saturday, July 12, 2014 After the CSC assignment is completed, it is time for a well deserved vacation.  My husband Michael joined me in J...