Final Thoughts: South Africa And Botswana

by Dave on December 30, 2008 · 5 comments

Kruger Park lion

Highlights -

  • meeting up with Warren at the airport
  • wine tasting tour
  • Cape of Good Hope/Cape Point tour
  • District Six Museum and visiting the townships
  • Visiting Robben Island
  • couchsurfing with Hannes for 3 nights
  • couchsurfing with Christal for 5 nights
  • climbing Lion’s Head at sunrise and walking around atop Table Mountain
  • people watching at cafes
  • lunch in Camp’s Bay
  • whale watching in Hermanus
  • cage diving with Great White sharks in Gansbaii
  • riding an ostrich in Outdshorn
  • petting cheetahs
  • Rasta homestay with Brother Paul in Knysna
  • horseback riding in Storms River
  • sandboarding, partying, and shopping in Jeffrey’s Bay
  • Addo Elephant National Park safari
  • wineball and hanging out at Buccaneers hostel in Chiantsa
  • Xhosa village tour at Bulungula
  • dinner and dancing at a Xhosa village in Coffee Bay
  • hiking to rock art in the southern Drankensberg Mountains
  • riding in a Land Rover up the Sani Pass, hiking and exploring the Kingdom of Lesotho (including a beer at the highest pub in Africa)
  • 5-day safari to Kruger Park (seeing all the animals, especially the lions, and buffalo during the game walk)
  • staying at Bob’s Bunkhouse
  • touring Soweto township near Johannesburg
  • Apartheid Museum
  • eating a smiley (sheep’s head) to complete a dare
  • 7-day camping trip to Botswana’s Okavango Delta (mokoro rides, seeing lots of elephants, hanging out with Dion (guide), and getting to know Ingrid, Richard, and Peter)
  • Johannesburg city tour

Bulungula

Lowlights –

  • being forced to buy an onward ticket upon arrival at the Cape Town airport in order to enter the country.
  • almost having my pocket picked while waiting for a bus on the sidewalk in Cape Town
  • not seeing a leopard in Kruger Park (to complete the Big 5 sightings!)
  • my first night camping in the Delta – little sleep, cold and wet

Dessert in Hermanus

Eating -

South African wines, capuccinos, kudu, eland, ostrich (eggs and meat), malva pudding, bobotie, smiley (sheep’s head), pap, sausage, Jungle (granola) bars, braii (BBQ) foods, avocados, salads w/chicken.

Okavango Delta

# of Days Couchsurfing -

8

Average Cost Per Day -

$77

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Categories: Botswana, South Africa

5 Comments

Alisha December 30, 2008 at 1:48 pm

Wow looks like you had an amazing time exploring South Africa. Is there anything you didn’t get to do? I love your photos as well!

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Alisha December 30, 2008 at 6:48 pm

Wow looks like you had an amazing time exploring South Africa. Is there anything you didn’t get to do? I love your photos as well!

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Phil December 31, 2008 at 6:11 pm

Happy New Year Dave! Can’t wait to read your blogs on Cairo and Europe!!! Stay safe and have fun :)

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Phil December 31, 2008 at 1:11 pm

Happy New Year Dave! Can’t wait to read your blogs on Cairo and Europe!!! Stay safe and have fun :)

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African Safari May 16, 2011 at 10:08 am

 Hi,
Awesome… South africa is a beautiful place to visit.Love its great blend of wildlife and nature….
Thanks for sharing.

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