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South Africa + Zambia

South Africa

We traveled to South Africa with Pauwel’s Travel from Brantford Ontario Canada.  This was a  Culture and Cuisine group with about 25 people in it.

This 3 week adventure was well worth the long plane ride.  We flew from Toronto to New York and there, changed planes for the long flight to the Dark Continent.  Across the Atlantic we went, to the western African country of Dakar, where we refuelled.  The airport people came on the plane and sprayed us all, trying to kill all those North American germs we were carrying.  From there, we flew to Johannesburg and then on to Cape Town.  It took 32 hours!  But, it was worth it sooooo much!

Life in South Africa has some similarities to life in Canada but there were so many new things to see and do.  Every day was thrilling.

 

For example ..

  1. The Quiver Tree forest

quiver tree

The quiver tree forest in the Northern Capetown area, invites you to step out of time as you enter the world of these ancient giants. These remarkable trees (Aloe dichotoma), which together comprise the largest aloe forest in the world, are a cornerstone of Khoisan culture.

•  The Jacaranda Tree

The city of Pretoria, which we passed through on our way to Krueger Park, is famous for the mauve flowered jacaranda tree.  jacaranda tree

During the months of October and November, Pretoria is transformed into a glowing purple mass – the Jacaranda trees are in bloom! Jacarandas line the streets and dot the parks and gardens throughout the city and carpet their floors with their bee-attracting blossoms.  It is estimated that there are between 40 000 and 70 000 jacaranda trees in Pretoria – nicknamed the Jacaranda City.

•   Diving with the Great White Sharks

We began our South African adventure in the city of Capetown at the bottom of the African continent.  On the first day, my wife Sue arranged to be picked up at the front door of our hotel by a Shark tour company.  She had arranged for this to happen before we left Canada because being hoisted over the side of a fishing boat in a chicken wire shark cage so that she could take photos of Great White Sharks up close, has always been her life long dream.  That is exactly what happened to her on that first day and she survived to tell the story.  I was at the top of Table Mountain in downtown Capetown.  It was spectacular too!

Cape town from Table Mountain South Africa

On top of Table Mountain looking down on Capetown S.A.

The great white sharks hang out where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean of the south east side of South Africa.

The great white sharks hang out where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean of the south east side of South Africa.  My wife on the right with her lady friend from England are about to be lowered over the side of the fishing boat.  The dead whale is behind them which the sharks were feeding on.  Notice the chicken wire cage.

My wife is inside the chicken wire cage and this great white shark was trying to bite the cage open.

My wife is inside the chicken wire cage and this great white shark was trying to bite the cage open.

•   Kruger Park

  1. Impalas are the lion's favourite food. Notice the big M on the ass. It represents McDonalds to the King of the Jungle.
  2.  The Meerkats in the Kalahari Desert

    Meerkats awaken just before dawn, trying to decide what to have for breakfast.

    Meerkats awaken just before dawn, trying to decide what to have for breakfast.  We arrived to the area where the meerkats’ burrows were located well before sunrise.  The MeerKat scientist who was conducting the tour, wanted to explain what was about to happen.