Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Maputo, Mozambique

We heard A LOT of negative  information about Maputo before we arrived.  We were in two minds as to whether to go and take a look around, but after hearing so many negative comments and only one slightly positive, we decided to stay close to port.  


This is the presidential candidate who won the Mozambique election in October 2014.

Apparently it was a wise decision according to the feedback from others.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

More wildlife.

Weaver birds.  Their nests are made by weaving grass blades. 

The beginning of a new nest. 

A smile from a crocodile.............
before he disappears. 

Entertainment (eye candy)
What can I say.........



Durban.  We didn't get to see much of Durban. This is pretty much a whirlwind tour, sooooo much to see and so little time.  I succumbed to a quintessential touristy tour to the Valley of 1000 Hills which included A Zulu cultural experience. It was interesting but ohhhhh so touristy.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve

In my last post, I meant to explain that we didn't have much time to sightsee in Cape Town, so we jammed as much as we could into one day.

Next stop on our trip, we visited Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve. It's approximately 45 mins from East London on the east coast of South Africa. It's a private game reserve and has been developed by purchasing farm land and returning it back to native vegetation. 
As we were there mid morning, we didn't have high expectations of seeing a lot of wildlife, but we were lucky enough to see everything but cheetahs and crested cranes. We were driven around in jeeps. It was a lot of fun and we had a really great guide.  If you ever visit South Africa and are in this area,  I highly recommend visiting this game reserve.

Ostriches "hiding" in reeds.

A giraffe playing peek a boo.

A pride of white lions.  We only saw the lionesses not the lion.



White Rhino

Monday, January 5, 2015

Travelling again.

Cape Town
BP and I are travelling together again. She has a three month summer break and this could be the last opportunity we have, travelling on an extended break, before she finishes university and goes out into the wide world. This time our first stop is Cape Town. It's our first time in South Africa, or even Africa. We have only been here a couple of days and thanks to a lack of sleep, haven't been doing bucket loads of sightseeing. 
We left Brisbane on January 1st, after being awake to see in the New Year. Not the most intelligent thing to do when you are facing 27 hours of travel. Consequently we both feel like crap on and off and fall asleep at the stupidest hours. 
You will be seeing lots of travel posts and very few sewing  related posts over the next couple of weeks. 
Flying into Cape Town

Lunch on the terrace looking at Table Mountain

We took a day tour on our first full day in Cape Town and tried to see as much as possible with the limited time we have in this beautiful part of the world. 
The brightly painted houses in the Malay quarter. 
Hout Bay
Amazing to see a penguin colony in the suburbs. 
A memorial to a Great Dane who helped soldiers in WWII
Cape Town
The canopy walk at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. 
An amazing space for outdoor summer concerts. Look at the backdrop, stunning. 
Morning fog yesterday, which cleared up during the morning to a sunny but slightly cool day. I am really really loving the lower humidity here, heaven.