S: Africa 2012
BC: Cape Town Waterfront
FC: Trip to Africa 2012
1: We're off to Africa Our tour leader, Anne in front of the sign in the Dulles, Washington DC airport | After a long flight we arrive in Johannesburg around 6:00 pm for our first night. We stayed at the Park Inn in the suburb of Sandton. Here I set the timer on my camera and took a picture of myself in the room. The blinds in the room were a piece of art in themselves.
2: Scenes from our bus window as we toured Johannesburg My first impressions of Africa were certainly not what I expected. I pictured jungle, not fields of agriculture and coal mines. The poverty was also very evident but as our tour guide, Kenny, explained the people are very proud and make the best of their situation.
3: At our first rest stop we came across this bird and beautiful tree, called the Bottlebrush tree. The flowers on the tree resemble a bottle brush. | Yarka & Clarita
4: Blyde River Canyon Spectacular views of the canyon and the Bourke's Luck Potholes created by the swirling of water, sand and stones over the years | Oct 10, 2012 We hiked over the rock formations for optimal viewing of the waterfalls and potholes
5: "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page." - Saint Augustine
6: The Three Rondavels one of the most popular attractions of the Blyde River Canyon consists of three dolomite rondavels or African hut-shaped peaks. The view was amazing but unfortunately it was quite overcast that day.
7: Market Stalls and Termite Hill.
8: Kruger National Park October 10, 2012 We arrived at our hotel just outside of Kruger National Park in the early evening. We were greeted with dim lights, a welcome drink and warm washcloth to freshen up with. The place is very charming
9: The rooms were very spacious with a king sized bed and best of all luxurious feather pillows. We enjoyed a wonderful buffet supper in the outdoor restaurant. Turned in early due to an early start time tomorrow morning for our first safari. These pictures are all of our hotel and its immediate surroundings or grounds.
10: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK OCT 11 2012 | We met in the lobby around 6:00 am, grabbed our breakfast boxes and jumped into 3 open air jeeps. In our jeep were Ed & Greta, Anne & Bill, Clarita and Leo, Pete & Sher and myself. It was quite cool in the early morning air but the jeep was outfitted with blankets to keep us warm
11: Our day started with the rare sighting of a black rhino, followed by Kudu, helmeted guinea fowl and vervet monkeys
14: KRUGER | PARK | National
15: Travel is adventure | Our guide spotted a cheetah way off in the distance and below is the best shot I could get
16: Game Drive | The bird in the picture is the Ground Hornbill. Thanks to Sher who took such good notes on our safari.
17: Zebra, Warthogs | Elephants | Safari Time | Amazing Day!
20: "To travel is to live." -Hans Christian Andersen
21: The birds of Kruger National Park.
22: October 13, 2012
23: Pictures of the landscape as we drive from Kruger National Park back to Johannesburg to catch a flight to Cape Town. | Views of South Africa
25: Table Mountain Cape Town
26: Good times | Making memories | TABLE MOUNTAIN | OCTOBER | 2012
28: Waterfront | Cape Town Oct 14, 2012
29: Sights of Cape Town on our way to the ferry that will take us to Robben Island | Some of the colourful houses
31: Robben Island where political prisoners including Nelson Mandela were held. Mandela's cell is pictured in the top right-hand corner on the left page. Lepers were also exiled to the island and the picture on the left is the leper cemetery. | The ferry that took us to Robben Island
32: Celebrating Clarita's birthday! We started the evening with a drum lesson and then an authentic African meal complete with entertainment. The food was certainly different and some people did not eat a whole lot.
33: Let the party begin!
38: Botanical Gardens
39: Today we drove down to Cape Point - the tip of Africa - a sight to behold. The massive headlands rise majestically out of the Atlantic Ocean. After lunch we walked to see the penguins and then stopped at the botanical gardens. | Beauty in the little things!
41: Today we enjoyed a free day on our own and went to the waterfront to do some shopping and enjoy the area. The pictures on these 2 pages are some views of Cape Town in the vicinity of our hotel. Tomorrow we have an early start for our flight to Victoria Falls
42: Victoria Falls | The smoke that Thunders
43: Due to the dry season, we were told that Victoria Falls was not as spectacular as usual. | Oct 18, 2012 - in the centre a statue of David Livingstone, founder of the falls.
44: Victoria Falls - Flora & Fauna On our hike around the falls, we came across monkeys and interesting plant life. Everywhere we went in Africa, the flora and fauna attracted my attention. I enjoy taking photos of flowers and local wildlife. We often compared the monkeys and baboons to the crows in Chatham.
46: Flamboyant Tree
47: THE KINGDOM HOTEL Pictures of the hotel we stayed at in Victoria Falls. Most of the pictures are of views right outside my room, including the picture of the baby crocodile with a fish in its mouth.
48: Fun, Music, Dancing and Dinner at Boma Restaurant
51: On our day at leisure we had a few choices of side trips that we could purchase. I chose to go an elephant ride. We rode through the jungle for almost an hour and then had a chance to feed our elephant. The elephant I rode on with Marilyn was named Emily. Bumpy ride sitting on the back but I loved every minute of it and would do it again. We also had a chance to interact with a cheetah that had been in captivity most of its life.
52: Chobe National Park | Boat Cruise | Puku Antelope
53: Today we took a boat cruise which included refreshments. Finally got a good sighting of some hippos. | I
55: The game drive though Chobe National Park was different than Kruger in that the weather was that much hotter. We saw many of the same animals but we also saw some different animals such as the jackal, 2 types of antelopes, sable and puku. We saw quite a variety of birds including pelicans, storks, vulture etc.
56: Vultures feeding on the remains of an elephant that had died and was burned by the park rangers. | The Jackal | Sable Antelope
57: Chobe National Park | Mongoose
58: Jacaranda Tree | Pictures taken around our hotel. Each building housed 4 rooms - 2 up and 2 down complete with balconies or patios. The place was very picturesque and charming!
60: The Faces of Africa
61: Pictures of the locals in Victoria Falls (black & white photos) and Botswana. In Botswana we had a day of leisure and visited a Sunday school class and church service. Spent some time walking the back streets and viewing the local culture.
63: Went to Nelson Mandela Square for supper and came back in the morning for a group picture in front of his statue. We completed our morning tour with a trip to Soweto prior to departing for the airport and our trip home
64: Walked by Desmond Tutu house | We stopped to tour the MANDELA house. Above are pictures of Winnie Mandela, his second wife. Winnie took up the fight against apartheid when her husband was imprisoned and was thrown in prison herself on more than one occasion
65: Hector Pieterson (1963 – 16 June 1976) became the subject of an iconic image of the 1976 Soweto uprising in South Africa when a news photograph by Sam Nzima of the dying Hector being carried by another student while his sister ran next to them, was published around the world. He was killed at the age of 13 when the police opened fire on protesting students. | HECTOR'S SISTER
66: The colorful markets line the street wherever you go. There were always a few people in the group ready to shop. | Oct 23, 2012
67: Some last impressions of Africa, including a lunch where we celebrated with George & Yarka on the occasion of their anniversary. Once again at lunch we were entertained by local musicians. Above you can also see the stadium from the World Cup and another picture of the contrast of life - the shacks of the poor
68: The Baobab Tree (Upside-down Tree)
69: AMAZING PLACE & AWESOME TRIP!!!! | Farewell Africa!