Monday, October 17, 2011

The Old Executive Office Building

Glass at the Renwick

Lane isn't with me and it is a stunningly gorgeous fall day outside and I am starting to feel stressed.

It seems like a good time to go look at something beautiful, so I head over to the Renwick to spend time with a few old friends, including this gorgeous piece by Lino Tagliapietra.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

DC from the Air

I love the fact that there is usually a beautiful view of the capitol, the mall, and the monuments as you come into National.

This time I got an extra treat since it was a beautiful clear day, I was seated by a window on the left-hand side of the plane, and our landing was aborted right before we touched down (at about tree-top level) which gave me TWO chances to admire the view! (The second attempt to land was smooth as silk.)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Kingdom of Swaziland

Swaziland is a small independent kingdom tucked between South Africa and Mozambique. It has vast fields of sugar cane as well as lush, rugged mountains. It is a gorgeous country with wonderful crafts, lovely people, and a rich culture, however, it is also one of the last absolute monarchies in the world, among the poorest countries in the world, and has one highest rates of HIV infection in the world. King Mswati III has ruled the country since 1986 and has immense personal wealth, as do the privileged few in his inner circle. It is a country of contradictions that I found difficult to reconcile

We entered Swaziland at the Jeppe’s Reef/Mastamo Border Post, where service on both sides of the border was fast and efficient. We left through the Golela post, which was equally straightforward.

We stayed just outside the capital in Ezulwini at the Lugogo Sun Hotel. Our room was fungible, at the end of a dark hall, and had no internet. We ate dinner in the bar, as the restaurant only does buffet service. The ribs I ordered were also fungible – tasty, but needed to cook a lot longer. The best option outside the hotel appeared to be the nearby casino, which didn’t have a lot of appeal either. It was all pretty forgettable. It’s not that this was a horrible hotel, just not a particularly good one. The sign on the elevator sort of summed it up – close is good enough! 
A better option might have been the “traditional” beehive hotel “rooms” available at Nisela Safaris.  They look pretty welcoming.

Note: Swaziland allows smoking in bars and hotel rooms.

Our main activity in Swaziland was shopping and it is a good place to shop if you like good quality local crafts. There were lots of really beautiful things available, regardless of whether you were interested in clothing, jewelry, household items, or just souvenirs. A few of our favorites:
  • Ngwenya glass, which uses recycled glass to create functional glassware and decorative objects galore.
  • Gone Rural, featuring beautiful and unique jewelry, accessories, and household items made by Swazi women. 
  • Tintsaba, with an amazing collection of beautiful and unusual jewelry made of sisal and silver. 
  • Quazi Design, where scrap paper becomes high fashion jewelry.  
All of these shops are part of the Pure Swazi crafts marketing group. Best of all, some items can be purchased over the web! 
We also visited Swazi Candle, which is not your ordinary candle shop. Beautiful designs that barely resemble traditional candles capture the feel of Africa. There are additional stores in the complex, some of which have really wonderful pieces (I found some wonderful necklaces there), a large batik shop, and a crafts market of mixed quality.

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Cape Town, the Cape Peninsula, and the Wine Lands

We decided to take this trip in large part because it offered the opportunity to visit Cape Town. I had long wanted to visit this city of mountains, sea, penguins, culture, and history and had high expectations. It didn’t disappoint me, but our time there only allowed a glimpse of this spectacular and varied place. I’ll have to return some day!

Part of Cape Town’s variety is due to its geography. You are never far away from either the mountains or a beach – usually both – providing for stunning scenery and an active, out-door culture.

Things to do in and around Cape Town

  • Kirstenbosch National Botanic Garden: Two square miles of natural and landscaped gardens sit at the foot of Table Mountain, much of it covered with native fynbos and forest. The unique plant life of this part of the world was one of the things that made me want to come here. I knew I would want more time at the gardens than we would get on our tour, so we went on our own during a free afternoon. I’m glad we did, as the garden was spectacular and we were able to see lots of protea that we would not have seen during our visit with the group.
    • Robben Island: Most famous as the prison where Nelson Mandela spent most of his time behind bars, the island has been used as a prison since 1636. We didn’t get here (plan ahead if you want to visit) and I feel like I missed something important. 
    • The District 6 Museum: This museum commemorates the Sixth Municipal District of Cape Town and addresses displacement generally. Once a vibrant, mixed-race community, District 6 was declared a white area in 1950 and 60,000 people were forcibly moved to the Cape Flats. This is another place I didn’t get to, but should have. The effects of apartheid, include the forced dislocation of vast portions of the population, has ramifications that still impact the country today and will for many, many years to come. 
    • The V & A Waterfront: While this very commercial shopping, dining, and entertainment area isn’t really my cup of tea, given more time I would have tried out a restaurant and shop or two. It’s a cheerful-looking place (if a bit Disneyesque) and it is right on the water.
    Of course, there is also a wealth of art, culture, shopping, dining, sports, hiking, and nightlife available too. Oh, and the beaches. You are never very far from a beach in Cape Town. . . or wine country.

    The Cape Peninsula
    The Cape Peninsula is the place to go for wide open spaces, spectacular scenery, and great beaches. The mountains and ocean come together gloriously here, offering almost unlimited recreational opportunities. While the peninsula can be “toured” in a day, that really misses the point. This is a place to spend some time and just have fun. It is an area I definitely want to return to someday, maybe even staying in a couple different places to really experience the variety available here.

    The whole peninsula is worth exploring, but here are a few highlights:
    • Boulders Beach: This is the place to see penguins in South Africa. We ate at Sea Forth, which has stunning views over the water and a path that leads down to the beach. (The food was good too.) There are other spots to watch the penguins along the beaches here and the penguins do wander out of their reserve area. You can’t go into the water with the penguins at this location and will be confined to a raised boardwalk, but you are likely to see lots of penguins very close at hand. Go later in the day for best penguin viewing and take the time to check out a couple of beaches.      

    • Simon’s Town: Other than stopping for lunch and penguin watching, we just drove through town. While the area by Boulders Beach is very built up with vacation homes and services, the old part of town looked charming and worth a bit of time. 
    • False Bay Beaches: False Bay is lined with broad sandy beaches. Since it is on the Indian Ocean side of the peninsula, the water is also warmer than on the Atlantic side, making it a great place for swimming. Just heed the warning of the shark spotters!  
    • Groot Constantia: This historic estate looks like a beautiful place to spend some time stepping back into history while enjoying a nice glass of wine.

    The Cape Winelands
    An easy drive from Cape Town, the Winelands is ideal for an extended vacation or a quick day trip. The area is filled with restaurants, quaint hotels, and shopping. For those who can afford it, some vineyards offer full accommodations, dining, and spa treatments. However, most of it seems more like Napa than Sonoma (for those of you familiar with California wine culture) – very commercialized, with a lot of tourists and a mix of high-end producers focused on quality wine and others focused making as much money as they can as quickly as they can.  

    We toured the area as an add-on to our package tour. That was a mistake, as it was a poor experience overall, with an annoying step-on guide, one completely sub-par winery, one really commercial-feeling winery, one really nice winery, and timed for a Sunday when none of the shops were open (not that there would have been time to shop anyway, but still.) Many, many companies provide tours to the Winelands, allowing visitors to taste as much as they would like without having to drive. There are tours for every type of tourists and I’m sure we could have found a comparably priced tour on our own that we would have enjoyed more. Think about how you want to spend your time before you book to find the best tour for you and, if you have the time, rent a car and give the area a couple of days.
    • Stellenbosch: This small university town looked absolutely charming, but we literally had time only to walk a few blocks down one of the main streets before boarding the coach again. The historic buildings looked lovely, the outdoor restaurants inviting, and the shops absolutely enticing. Of the towns we drove through, this was my favorite. 
    • Seidelberg Estate:    The location of this historic estate near Paarl is striking and the wines we sampled were very drinkable. . . but that’s all it had going for it. Granted, it was Sunday and the estate was closed to the public – we had a special reservation – but it was clear that there was no effort put into hosting our visit. Our guide was a pleasant young lady who knew zero about wine (except that she liked to drink it) and had no meaningful idea of how it was produced, although she did seem very well-versed on the cost-saving measures the producer was undertaking. The estate looked mostly closed, with major construction underway in order to provide more tourist trap offerings (ice cream, beer, more souvenirs). Sadly, it appears there isn’t much interest in producing quality wines here anymore. This was pretty much a complete waste of time and a very disappointing stop. 
    • Solms Delta: Located near Franschhoek, this is a wonderful place.  I loved everything about our stop here: The estate was quaint and lovely, the wines were great, our tasting was informative and adapted to our interests and questions, and the restaurant  was fabulous. The restaurant has a beautiful patio, but the dining room has glassed areas in the floor that allow a little archeological viewing between courses. Everything about this estate was right. I highly recommend a stop here both for wine tasting and lunch.
    • Speir Wine Estate:  This is a large facility with its own hotel and plenty of space for busloads of tourists. Despite the bit of a Disney feel to the place, the tasting was very informative, if a bit dramatic. It was an enjoyable stop.
    There are, of course, many more wineries to choose from and each area within the Winelands seems to offer a slightly different look, feel, and experience. And then, this is only one of many places in South Africa where wines are being produced, so you could just skip it altogether and head over to a place like Roberston (technically part of the Cape Winelands, but on the far edge and with a very different feel) or beyond. We saw vineyards almost everywhere (and some of our favorite wines were from Montagu), so there are plenty of options.

    Lodging in Cape Town
    We stayed at the Protea Hotel Victoria Junction, which was high on style, but low on functionality. This lovely renovated hotel was in good location, an easy walk to the waterfront. However, the hotel itself had a small, poorly laid-out restaurant and bar (finding tables at breakfast was a nightmare and the happy hour party with live music was also poorly served by the odd configuration). The rooms themselves were up-to-date, but very nonfunctional: There was no storage space (aside from two tiny, basically useless wire shelves in the closet by the safe, there was not a shelf or drawer to be found); no side chair; and a desk chair that was WAY too low for the table (for anyone, not just me). We had a room facing the street that was really, really noisy (and, mind you, I live in a city), which made sleeping difficult.

    On the plus side, the safe was big enough to hold my note-book style laptop, there were lots of outlets, and the staff was absolutely tremendous. There was free internet too - if you can get it to work. (I think the internet problems I had at the Protea hotels in general were related to a conflict between the system they use and my computer. Most people didn't seem to have problems.)

    Dining in Cape Town
    We were out of the area most of the time on various tours, so did little dining in central Cape Town. The one meal we did have was at the very happening Beluga. (Caution: Annoying loud website.) Although you could barely move inside, it was a cool evening so we were able to get immediate seating on the patio. We had good service and wonderful, fresh, and imaginative Asian-influenced seafood. We really enjoyed our meal and, not being among the young, beautiful, and happening, we quite content to dine outdoors. Note that the restaurant really is located where everyone says it is – the actual entrance is funky, poorly marked, and generally difficult to locate.

    The city appears to be filled with great restuarants, so finding something good to eat should not be a problem for any budget.

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    Friday, October 7, 2011

    South of Swaziland

    This part of South Africa has an abundance of tourist activities, especially along the cost. It is an area with plenty of rain, which makes for a lush landscape. It is also a major sugar cane production area, which is obvious to anyone traveling through the area.

    We made two significant stops in this area for game viewing:
    •    Inland at the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Reserve and 
    •    Along the coast at the Saint Lucia Estuary.  

    We also spent a brief amount of time on an Indian Ocean beach, which made for a relaxing break.

    Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Reserve
    My favorite stop was the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve. Not only did we see an incredible amount of game (earlier fires had led to an abundance of newly sprouted grass by the time we arrived, bringing together wildlife that usually would have been more dispersed), but the park itself was so beautiful I would have been content just driving around enjoying the scenery. The wildlife was a bonus. But what a bonus! The park is noted for its role in rhino rescue operations and has been particularly successful with the white rhino. This was obvious, as there were white rhinos almost everywhere I looked. It was amazing. 
    My wish list for this trip included seeing a rhino and I got to see many of them, some so close to our vehicle I could have leaned out of our open vehicle and touched them.

    Lodging options are available in and around the park. Add it to your list. This has to be one of the finest game parks in South Africa.

    Saint Lucia Wetlands Park
    The Saint Lucia Wetlands includes mountain, bushveld, palm grove, several types of forest, grassland, wetland, and ocean habitats. The area is rich in wildlife, especially birds, and is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. We spent our time here on a boat tour of the estuary. Despite the cool, dreary weather, we saw a number of birds and lots of hippos. (Hippos probably aren’t much affected by the weather.) 
    The town of Saint Lucia, is a quaint tourist village. It is a place still dominated by local merchants and services. Despite the fact that so much of the town’s commerce is focused on tourism, the lack of high end shopping and big retail or hotel chains give it a slightly lost-in-time feeling. I like that in a town, others might find it less appealing.

    The coolest thing about St. Lucia, however, is the fact that some nights the nearby hippos walk right through downtown as they move between the water and grazing areas. I so wanted this to happen while we were there, but, alas, it did not.

    There are lots of restaurant choices. We chose the Quarter Deck, which was ok and had a nice deck (so I could keep an eye out for passing hippos), but otherwise was not exceptional. I’d give something else a try next time – there are lots of options.

    We stayed at the Elephant Lake Hotel, located in a residential area at the edge of “downtown.” The rooms were rather old and creaky, but the hotel was an easy walk from lots of restaurants. Our room was on the main floor, with a sliding door to the patio and pool beyond – perfect for watching for the hippos which have, on rare occasions, wandered through to check out the pool. Breakfast was served in a screen room that over looked the pool and gardens. This gave us a great vantage point from which to watch dozens of neighborhood mongooses as they made their morning rounds.
    Maybe the best selling point for the Elephant Lake Hotel is the helpful, friendly staff.  Staying here sort of felt like staying in a hotel run by a well-meaning aunt.

    It all made for a memorable stay.    

    We didn’t get to spend any time in Durban, but I’d try to spend some time here if I came through this part of the country again. This is a major tourist area with broad sandy beaches and warm ocean currents. It is also a cultural hub and sounds like a fascinating place to check out for a day or two.

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    Kruger National Park

    Kruger is South Africa’s premiere game park and one of the most famous game parks in the world. Despite this, it’s not a place I’d ever been terribly interested in visiting because it also has a reputation of being crowded and over-touristed. We didn’t visit during peak season, but it certainly was NOT crowded where we were when we visited.

    I have been on one safari previously (in Botswana in 2005),  an extended tour in a small group (6) with wonderful game viewing. I KNOW that lots of other game viewing will disappoint after that. On this trip we visited the southern end of Kruger, which is supposed to have the highest concentration of game. The area was largely brushy, which made game viewing particularly difficult (much of Botswana was open grasslands or sparsely wooded forests, where the game was easy to spot). I was disappointed in the amount of game we saw, but part of that may have been the style of our driver (and a number of the other drivers here) who liked to race from one reported sighting to the next instead of patiently waiting and watching. I realize that is driven in part by the desire to make sure short tours like ours (some in our group only went on two game drives in Kruger) actually see wildlife, but if people want to be guaranteed a wildlife sighting, they really ought to visit a zoo rather than a game park. Game parks should be about seeing how wildlife interacts with its environment than getting a close-up view of each of the signature species. Having said that, I have to admit that even a limited view of my first white rhino was a thrill and the sight of a group grazing on a hillside was amazing.  
    While I thought our experience here was pretty marginal, in looking around the park and doing some research, it appears it would be a good base for a self-drive safari. I think that someone staying in the park and spending some time here could really see a lot and could do it quite affordably - without having to camp. That isn’t possible in many places.

    If you haven’t gone on a safari with a professional guide, hire one to learn about the behavior of the wildlife and get tips for spotting it – even a very large animal can be nearly invisible if you don’t know what you are looking for. Even if you are an accomplished game watcher, a guide is always helpful for identifying the habits and haunts of the local wildlife. It’s definitely worth the cost.

    The most comprehensive directory of accommodations, tours, and other services in Kruger  can be found on the South African National parks website. However, that site doesn’t provide any general information on visiting (what the different areas of the park are like, seasonal differences, etc.). For that you’ll need to purchase a guide book or pursue the web sites of the many private tour companies, some of which provide a great deal of information about Kruger. Of those private companies, SA-Venues, has one of the more informative websites.

    As noted previously, we stayed down the road from the park near Hazyview, but there is a wide range of accommodation available within the park. If you want to enjoy set or sunrise in the bush, you need to find lodgings in the park, as the gates close at sunset and don’t open again until sunrise. Given the choice, I would definitely stay in the park itself.

    There are also a number of private game parks located around Kruger, some of which are highly rated and would likely provide an excellent experience.

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    Thursday, October 6, 2011

    The Road Between Johannesburg and Kruger

    A friend had recently driven this route, so I thought I knew what to expect, knew that the last of the informal settlements and mountains of tailings piles would give way to miles and miles of empty scrub land. But there is a texture and beauty to the land that I wasn’t expecting. Nor was I expecting to find that we would pass through an area noted for its trout fishing, but the waters around Belfast and Dullstroom are famous for their fishing.

    These towns sit at the foot of the Drakensberg Range, which was a gold mining center for nearly 100 years, beginning in the 1870s. The small mining towns of those days are celebrated at Pilgrim’s Rest, a well-preserved example where most buildings were constructed between the 1880s and 1950.

    In Pilgrim’s Rest, I had an absolutely lovely lunch of local smoked trout at the Royal Hotel

    I would have liked a lot more time to explore and shop in this little bit of living history,  (we had an hour, so time to eat or shop, but not both). The town is definitely worth a few hours stop for a meal and some shopping and it would be a fun spot to spend a night.

    From Pilgrim’s rest we headed into the mountains above the Blyde River Canyon. We were given time to wander and explore at the wonderful Bourke’s Luck Potholes, where bridges link the cliffs and allow visitors to roam all over the rocky ledges.
    The Pothole area is also where the main visitor center for the park is located. There is also a crafts market on the site, just in case one would rather shop than take in the magnificence of nature.

    The Panorama Route runs along the canyon, providing numerous scenic viewpoints, with names like “God’s Window” and “Wonderview.” However, good lighting is crucial to getting the best view, so time of day and weather are key. Time your visit accordingly, if you can.

    We just drove through the Blyde River Canyon, with brief stops to see a few of these key sights. However, the area would be gorgeous for hiking and there is much more to see – including enough dramatic waterfalls for a complete tour – making it a worthwhile area to spend a few days exploring.

    The other side of the canyon (to the east), is heavily wooded (planted with non-native species, including eucalyptus) and managed for wood production. Be prepared for completely denuded hillsides due to clear-cutting. It’s really not very different from what you would see in other parts of the world, including the western U.S., but it’s still depressing – there are better ways to manage forests.
    We spent this evening and the next near Hazyview, at the Protea Hotel Hazyview. This attractive older-style hotel has wonderful courtyards, gardens, and other common spaces. The pool area was beautiful, with views over the lowlands in the distance. Many guest rooms faced a central garden (as ours did), and all featured large, comfortable rooms with high thatched ceilings and a sitting area, European and South African outlets, and windows that opened to let in the evening breeze. Free internet and wifi was available in the lobby. Evening entertainment included local musicians and dancers. 
    The hotel is not very near town, located instead for proximity to Kruger National Park. This means we were reliant on the hotel for meals. We aren’t big buffet fans, but the two buffet dinners we ate here were really good, with a broad, interesting selection of well-prepared dishes. On the other hand, the safari breakfast packs were not at all to the American taste and we found the sandwiches packed in them to be largely inedible. Bring your own safari snacks.

    The location worked fine, but it would be much better to actually stay in the park.

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    Johannesburg, South Africa

    Johannesburg is the financial heart of southern Africa. Located near South Africa's administrative capital in Pretoria (South Africa has three capital cities, Pretoria is where the President and his cabinet are located); this is a large, vibrant city with vast disparities in income. Despite its rise as an international city, Johannesburg seems to remain, as noted, a particularly unloved city.

    Things to do in and around Johannesburg
    Despite Johannesburg’s low ranking as a tourist destination, there are many things to do here.

    Visit Soweto. A visit to Soweto is not “slum tourism” or poverty voyeurism. While there is plenty of poverty, this is a growing, dynamic, and culturally rich city that provides insight into the both the past and future of South Africa. General tours include visits to the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum  (which has an absolutely brilliant interactive museum that makes it worth more than just a quick stop) and the Nelson Mandela home. A visit to Soweto is guaranteed to make you angry, disgusted, and deeply saddened by both the horror and the complete lack of reason for what happened here; but it will also leave you hopeful and proud of what people can do to overcome hatred, poverty, injustice and violence. 

    Pet a lion. I am generally not one to visit a petting zoo, but we ended up enjoying our visit to the Lion Park. It was fascinating to be able to actually touch the lion cubs (which have fur that feels more like horse hair than that of a house cat). This also ended up being the only place we saw lions this trip, so that was nice. Despite my positive experience as a visitor here, I remain uncomfortable with this type of park and concerned about the lives of the wildlife living in such places.

    There are lots of other options available in and around Johannesburg, including opportunities to:
    • Experience history at the Apartheid Museum.  
    • Delve deep into the past at the Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site that begins with an exploration of the ancient past.  
    • Interact with history at the Museum Africa 
    • Experience the food, music, and culture of Soweto through one of any number of specialized tours. (I will do this the next time I am here.) 
    • Join the fun at Gold Reef City, where Johannesburg’s gold mining past sets the theme for a giant amusement park. 
    • Wander through the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens.  
    • Hike the trail at the Melville Koppies Nature Reserve for a hint of what this area was like in the days before gold mining consumed the landscape. 
    • Take in the visual arts at one of the city’s many galleries. 
    • Cheer on your favorite, soccer, cricket, or lawn bowling team.  
    • Head over to Pretoria, to take in museums, historic buildings, and - in October of each year - the purple blossoms of more than 70,000 jacaranda trees. 
    • Watch the African Lippizzaners dance  and then visit the horses in the stables after the performance. 
    • Tour the Cullinan Diamond Mine.
    A full list of activities can be found on the Accommodation Direct ebsite for Johannesburg.

    We stayed at the Protea Hotel Wanderers Hotel in the Illovo area of the city, a residential suburb which seems to be noted mostly for cricket and its proximity to shopping.

    Not generally fans of big corporate hotels, we actually liked this hotel a lot. It is an architecturally interesting building with adequate-size, functional guest rooms (well, aside from the adjustable chair that was stuck at floor level), with both South African and European outlets. Free internet was available at least to some degree, although I had technical problems getting it to work on my computer. The restaurant wasn’t fabulous, but it wasn’t bad either. 

    The hotel is situated on a large property (it also has a lawn bowling club with a very large bar and restaurant, as well as bowling greens) in what seems to be a quiet neighborhood. There isn’t really anything one can walk to from here, aside from a shopping mall. A shuttle serving a number of shopping and restaurant districts is available for a minimal cost. 

    While Johannesburg has many great dining options, our schedule limited us to dining at the hotel.

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    Photo Thursday: Where am I anyway?

    Imagine my surprise upon entering a very large South African gas station/convenience store/restaurant complex with rhinos lolling about just beyond the parking lot and finding an American wild-west themed Spur Steak Ranch inside, complete with tepees, buffalo, and cartoon Indians.

    Not what I expected.

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    Tuesday, October 4, 2011

    South Africa Travels

    We've just returned from almost three weeks in South Africa. (Which wasn't long enough. Next time it needs to be a month or more!)

    I have a LOT of pictures to go through, so it will take awhile to get them all posted, but as I do, I'll provide links here.

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     (c) C A Carlsson
    As Close as I’m Going to Get to NYC (September 14, 2011) 

    Protea Hotel Wanderers (September 16, 2011) 

    Jo'burg (September 17, 2011)  
    Cats and Other Critters

    Leaving Johannesburg (September 18, 2011)
    Pilgrim's Rest
    Along the Panorama Route

    Morning Game Drive in Kruger (September 19, 2011)
    Lion Hunt (Afternoon Game Drive)

    The Hunt Continues (September 20, 2011)
    On the Road in Swaziland
    Too Little Shopping Time in Swaziland

    Swazi Morning Road Trip (September 21, 2011)
    Vernacular Architecture
    Game Drive in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Reserve 

    Morning at the Elephant Walk (September 22, 2011)
    Cruising the Saint Lucia Estuary
    Beach Break at the Indian Ocean 
    On the Road to Durban

    Table Mountain (September 23, 2011)
    Cape Town Through the Bus Window 
    Vibrant Bo Cap
    What Are They Preparing For?
    Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

    Down the Atlantic Side of the Peninsula (September 24, 2011)
    The Cape of Good Hope 
    Sharks and Whales
    Another (Quick) Stop at Kirstenbosch

    A Quick Tour of the Cape Winelands (September 25, 2011)  
    The Cape Flats   

    On Our Own on the Road (September 26, 2011) 

    Settling into De Hoop Cottage     New!

    Fog! (September 27, 2011)   New!
    The Scenic Route




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