Beachcombing natural treasures along the Indian Ocean

Beachcombing natural treasures along the Indian Ocean

indian ocean, port elizabeth, south africa

After arriving in Port Elizabeth under the cover of darkness the night before, Bob and I were anxious to do a bit of exploring after breakfast the next morning.  A dull grey sky hung low over the coast as we began beachcombing for natural treasures along the Indian Ocean.

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A Great Way to Start the Day at Oribi Gorge, South Africa

A Great Way to Start the Day at Oribi Gorge, South Africa

farm fields, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

After leaving Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, Bob and I found that the rural landscape quickly reverted to hillsides covered in a patchwork of cultivated fields.  On the outskirts of larger urban centres, small buildings clustered together in kraals were still common. Read more

“Into Africa” – Someday in the Post-covid World

“Into Africa” – Someday in the Post-covid World

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to make this video as part of my wife’s, Jean’s, birthday gift.  As you will see, this video highlights our travels to South Africa, and it features Jean.

Hopefully, you all enjoy it, and in a small way, you are able to take a short virtual tour of South Africa with Jean.

For now, because of the pandemic, we remain “Out Of Africa”.  Hopefully someday, Jean and I, and all of you, will be able to head back “Into Africa”.

 

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White Rhinoceros and other Close Calls in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, South Africa

White Rhinoceros and other Close Calls in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, South Africa

The route we chose as a conduit between Hilltop Camp and the Nyalazi Gate in South Africa had us experiencing a couple of close calls on our last morning in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve.  One incident was when we came head-to-head with this massive White Rhinoceros. Read more

Our Unforgettable Zulu Experience at Shakaland in South Africa

Our Unforgettable Zulu Experience at Shakaland in South Africa

sign for shakaland, kwazulu-natal, south africa

Bob and I arrived at Shakaland in South Africa around noon after driving from Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.  We were delayed several times with various animal sightings that had us stopping for photographs. Read more

Our Wildlife Encounters in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Our Wildlife Encounters in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

morning fog at hilltop camp, hluhluwe-imfolozi, south africa

From the patio door, on our second morning at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, I saw dense fog hemming in the mountains and feared, at best, an overcast if not a rainy day.  A glance at the clock revealed it to be only 5:30 a.m.  Two hours later, the fog was lifting, and the sun bathed the hillsides in golden showers of light. Read more

Invaded by Vervet Monkeys at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Invaded by Vervet Monkeys at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

mountainview at hilltop camp, hluhluwe-imfolozi, south africa

Bob and I arrived at Hilltop Camp in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park exhausted after an extremely long day that saw us traveling from Kruger National Park and across Swaziland to get there. Over dinner, we had views of the Park from the expansive restaurant patio that overlooked muted silhouettes of undulating mountaintops while an armed guard sat unobtrusively in the shadows and watched for wildlife like Vervet Monkeys that might cross the thin electric wire just below the terrace. Read more

Klipspringer Antelope in Kruger National Park near Nkumbe Lookout

Klipspringer Antelope in Kruger National Park near Nkumbe Lookout

An image of a Klipspringer near Nkumbe Lookout in Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Bob and I had no sooner left the parking lot at Nkumbe Lookout when we spotted a trio of Klipspringer antelope gallivanting among the rocks on the other side of the road.  What nimble little creatures! Read more

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