S: South Africa, July 2012
FC: South Africa | JULY 2012 | Jon & Amy's African Adventure
1: ZURICH, SWITZERLAND Before our trip to South Africa, we were lucky enough to have a twelve hour layover in Zurich!
2: 9 JULY 2012
3: CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA
4: Our first day trip was to Hermanus, known around the world for some of the best land-based whale watching. We got there early in the season, so we didn't see any Humpback or Southern Right Whales... but we did enjoy great food by the South Atlantic, and amazing views
6: SUNSET IN CAMPS BAY We enjoyed the views back from Hermanus and spent the evening watching the sunset over the South Atlantic Ocean in a small community within Cape Town called Camp's Bay
8: One of the most amazing things to see in person is the Great White Shark in its natural habitat feeding on the seals off of Seal Island. Jon and I both got terribly sea sick and weren't able to get in the cage. However, seeing this great act of nature in person goes down as one of our favorite travel experiences! | GREAT WHITE SHARK DIVE- FALSE BAY/SEAL ISLAND
9: False Bay/Seal Island | 12 JULY 2012
10: After surviving our close encounter with the infamous South African Great White Shark, we drove through Cape Peninsula, catching a glimpse of the African Penguins in Boulder's Beach, standing on the SouthWestern most point of Africa at the Cape of Good Hope in Table Mountain National Park and driving on what some say is the most beautiful highway in the world, Chapman's Peak Drive
12: CHAPMAN'S PEAK DRIVE
14: After multiple cloudy and windy days with the most famous sight in Cape Town being closed, we finally made it to Table Mountain on our last day... and it was beautiful, bright and sunny! Jon was scared riding up the cable car to the peak, but we made it and the views were worth the wait!
16: SLAVE LODGE Before heading out of Cape Town we wanted to see the cultural significance of the Apartheid and the history of slavery in South Africa. It was overwhelming and sad to see how Africans from multiple countries and islands on the continent were brought to this place to be traded all over the world.
17: STELLENBOSCH WINE COUNTRY Our very last stop was to see wine country in Stellebosch. We got there in the late afternoon, so we were only able to see a couple of wineries- but it was well worth the drive We found a new favorite blend that only South Africa specializes in, called Pinotage.
18: Kruger National Park
21: Our home for the week at KRUGER PARK LODGE
23: We spent our first day in Kruger driving on our own. Within five minutes of entering, we saw our first close encounter with an elephant family. At the end of the day, we took a sunset safari with the park guides and saw our first rhino. | First African Safari in KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
24: On the outskirts of Kruger National Park lie several private reserves. We were lucky enough to take two sunset drives - one in Sabi Sands and one in Kapama, where we were able to get up close to lions, hyenas and a family of female elephants drinking in the river. In the private reserves, we had a personal safari guide, and we were able to get out of the vehicle and go "off roading" to follow the animals.
25: Welcome to the Private Reserves
26: SABI SANDS & KAPAMA PRIVATE RESERVES
28: SABI SANDS & KAPAMA PRIVATE RESERVES, Cont.
30: PANORAMA DRIVE | While in the Mpumalanga region, we took a day-long drive to see some of the natural wonders of South Africa on a route through the Blyde River Canyon. We saw a few of the sights along the route- The Pinnacle, God's Window, Three Rondavels and The Lisbon & Berlin Falls.
32: ZIPLINING IN MPUMALANGA Africa's longest cable ride
35: Last Day in KRUGER | We got up to see the sun rise and enjoy our last day with the animals!
36: Kruger Wrap-Up: The BIG FIVE
37: Other things we did in Kruger region... eat, shop and drink
38: Frankfurt... | FRANKFURT, GERMANY | JULY 2012
39: On our way home, we had a layover in FRANKFURT, GERMANY where we saw the city, ate good food, drank good beer and even got to witness the annual Pride Parade. It was a great end to such a wonderful and memorable journey..