S: Emails from Africa - June 26 - July 12, 2012
BC: Susan Leviton & Georgia Martin South Africa / Tanzania
FC: Emails from Africa June 26 - July 12, 2012
2: . . . and off we went, after a lovely evening near Dulles Airport. | The very hip Da Vinci Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg
5: Towers no longer needed are used for bungee jumping | Desmond Tutu's home
6: Nelson Mandela's home for 15 years before prison
9: Shopping in and behind Kim Sacks Gallery . | Dinner with Brian & Sarah Webber | A moment with Nelson | Then off to Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve!
12: Inyati put us up in Leopard Hills for one night, which was stunning.
14: Our first game drive!!!
19: The impala is marked on its rear w/"McDonald's Arches for Lions"
23: A water buffalo killed by lions. The lions were sleeping heavily, exhausted and full. | Meanwhile, life was grand at Leopard Hills.
24: To Inyati!
27: The mornings were cool and hot water bottles were blissful. | Hills built by millions of termites . . . some animals take refuge in their warmth. | Grass used for thatched roofs. | A Nat'l Geographic team made this cover for Tracker George, in appreciation for their safari with him.
28: When the dung decomposes, all that is left is the hair of the animal eaten. | Crocs fighting over a waterbuck
41: . . . on the back of a Rhino
43: Inyati owners Carlos and Sherilynn, with famous Tracker George | . . . and so it was goodbye to our gang, leaving behind fond memories and my passport.
46: Off to Cape Town!
56: Cape Town . . . | . . . from our deck at the wonderful Mandela Rhodes | The Green Market | Disco breakfast in our hotel Quotes from Mandela in the lobby
57: Up to Table Mountain
64: The South African government builds "townships" for its poor. As soon as homes are built, shacks are built on their outskirts, as family and friends seek to join in. Sometimes, people are relocated in anticipation of the township being built on that spot, with plans to move them back in once the homes are ready. But friends of government officials sometimes squat in them and don't leave, and those relocated are shut out for years, maybe forever. These are pictures of Khayelitsha, the largest and fastest growing township in South Africa, with a present population of 800,000.
71: The Arusha Hotel
86: Ngorongoro Crater
90: Our favorite bird . . . the Superb Starling
91: Wind spirals kick up | Hyena | Masai cow path to and from our lodge and the Crater | 360- degree view and windblown hair!
109: Olduvai Gorge | Dr. Leakey
116: The stench was awful.
124: The birds are eating the giraffe's ticks.
125: Guinea Fowl | Weaver nests
129: When we left the Soroi Serengeti Lodge, waiter "Smiley" handed this note to Susan, asking her not to open it until she was gone. Mrs. Robinson, indeed.
130: It was the adventure of a lifetime.