S: African Adventure 2011
BC: Ma and Pa Kettle Productions 2011
FC: African Adventure 2011
1: After flying for two days, we finally arrived in S. Africa but didn't stop until we got to Capetown and drove to the quaint and beautiful town of Stellenbosch. We went back to our favorite wineries, Zorgvliet, Tokara and Waterford. And we found another good one, Rust en Vrede.
5: After a cold and rainy day in Capetown, the sun finally came out. The rainbow was a beautiful surprise.
6: After another day of Mike's secret itinerary and surprise flights, a driver was waiting in the Victoria Falls terminal to take us to Matetsi Water Lodge and our butler, Present.
7: Matetsi Water Lodge is remote and private, located on a 50,000 hectacre private game reserve in the Zambesi National Park.
8: It was a hot day when we arrived, so a cruise on the Zambezi river was the perfect way to spend the late afternoon and early evening.
9: It was great to relax and enjoy the river and its inhabitants while drinking a cold beer. | Before the sun went down, we watched the kingfishers catch dragonflies as they flew across the water and a man setting his fishing net with the help of his young son.
13: The elephants are very shy in the Zimbabwe National Park.
14: Victoria Falls was beautiful. The Kololo tribe named it Mosi-oa-Tunya, or the "smoke that thunders." | We started out nice and dry. But by the end of our walk, we were soaked through, despite our ponchos.
15: Heavy rains in Angola caused the Zambezi River to run very high, resulting in beautiful but violent, rushing falls. It looks quiet across the bridge in Zambia.
16: The message says it all. It was a wonderful way to end the day before falling asleep in luxury behind protective mosquito nets.
18: Time to say goodbye to our little friends.
19: Mike enjoyed his morning tea, which Present served him every day, along with a nice hot breakfast. Mike needed the energy for the daily game drives. We will miss the pampering.