South Africa

Cape Town

Muizenberg This was a well known surfing bay.  It was fun watching all the surfers surf at all ages.  From young to old (65+).  I quite enjoyed watching the 65+ grannies hanging 10 the most! We almost had a new board for Ethan as this is where they are the ...
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Freedom Vs. Quality of Life

While I understand the necessary security and how the upper to middle class “day to day” living unfolds, I also gain an insight for “The why” as well. Why must one choose to live amongst crime. Why do middle class people live like this?? why??? Why would one live here?…Why ...
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Giving Back

I have a lot of goals to achieve on this trip, but one of my goals on this trip is to always “give back.”  I decided for South Africa I was going to have our family volunteer at an orphanage.  Stella was most excited to help and play with the ...
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Franschhoek

Franschhoek was a cute little village that was completely safe to walk around at night.  We felt very safe here and walked home several times after a late night dinner.  The scenery, vineyards, and people are what makes this village so wonderful.  A great stopover on the garden route particularly ...
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Montagu Springs

Next stop on the beautiful Garden Route drive is Montague Springs! The drive on the garden route is simply spectacular: hills & vallies;wild flowers & crops; hot springs & mountains; seaside bays; vineyards & breweries; wild animals & flocks of birds. It’s all here on this garden route drive. Montagu ...
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F…. a Flock of Ostriches

This flock of ostrich photo came with a drop of an f-bomb (sorry mom! lol). I’m very surprised it turned out. One of the “rules” of safe traveling in S.A. was to not stop on the side of the road or at pullovers. It’s risky for crime or hijacking. These ...
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Bon Qui Qui….Security….security!

“Security…security”…Bon qui-qui we need security in South Africa. If you haven’t seen the You Tube video of “Bon Qui Qui in King Burger”, it’s a hoot. I find Bon Qui Qui…hilarious, and others find it well..not so much. You will either love it or hate it. =) You be the ...
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Robberg Nature Reserve

Although the weather at Plett was full of rain and storms, we did manage to do this gorgeous hike near Plettenberg Bay. Stella’s little legs pulled through a couple hours of hiking. A sigh of relief for Geoff! Millipede http://switchinggears.us/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/IMG_4496.m4v Jimm-a-nee cricket these things were big! They were the size ...
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Plettenberg Bay

Beacon Island Resort We were fortunate to stay here at beacon Island for a week. This hotel has been around since the 70’s and has weathered a many of storms. Fortunately we were able to witness one of those incredible storms whilst staying here. It is an amazing place to ...
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Tsitsikamma’s Storm River

Tsitsikamma:  I have no words to describe this place, or it will sound cliche.  The photos tell a far better story! Enjoy! The Lodging What an amazing tent camp ground THE OFFICE! THE OFFICE if you’re still there after 5PM! The Wild Tsitsikamma Ocean http://switchinggears.us/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/IMG_4288.m4v Zip Lining throught Tistiskamma Forrest ...
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Jeffrey’s Bay: Man who carries big stick …. Step away and don’t ask questions!

Fortunately, no shark attacks today!  Barely a person on the beach.  It was a bit less desired than what we had seen on T.V., but then again we are in the off season. We are still on “high alert’ and very cautious still: 1)Daylight-check.  2) Destination by dark, must leave ...
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Port Elizabeth (P.E.)

It took a little bit of “hootspa” to continue the trip without ” friends and locals”  in a third world, particularly violent  country.  However, I had heard nothing but “if you are there, you must do “The garden route to Cape Town. You won’t be disappointed, and it’s safe particularly ...
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Johannesberg Elephant Feeding

This was surely a treat! After our delicious meal with friends at this gorgeous venue, the elephants know to come over for a little snack! http://switchinggears.us/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/DSC_7244.mp4 http://switchinggears.us/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/DSC_7243.mp4 Ahh… Geoff and Justin being cheeky.  Now those boys surely have some “game!” (Ta-hhe-he) 😉 ...
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Johannesberg Lion Park

What animals we weren’t able to see in their natural habitat or on a safari, we stopped off at the famous Lion Park in Jo-burg to have a peek.  We were able to see 4 out of the “Big 5” (Lion, Elephant, Hippo, Water Buffalo, and Leopard). That Leopard was ...
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South African Life

Life in South Africa is always on the move.   People are moving about, and there are systems in place for everyone.  I believe they are a culture to just “get on with it” mentality. The Taxi system here in South Africa was interesting to see in action. Taxis are ...
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Welgevonden Private Game Reserve

Welgevonden Game Reserve, (Dutch for “well found”), is a 38,200ha game reserve in the Waterberg District, of the Limpopo Province of South Africa. Welgevonden is home to over 50 different mammals, including the Big Five. The diversity of habitat leads to a wide range of wildlife with grassy plains abounding ...
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Kololo Game Reserve and Lodging

The Kololo Game Reserve covers 3000 hectares, part of which is in the Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, and part of which is completely protected.  This was our home for 3 nights, whilst we explored the Welgevonden Game Reserve and Kololo Game Reserve.  Both were spectacular.  The small key here…  Welgevonden ...
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Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers an area of 19,485 square kilometres (7,523 sq mi) in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in northeastern South Africa, and extends 360 kilometres (220 mi) from north to south and 65 kilometres (40 mi) from east to west. The administrative headquarters are in Skukuza. Areas of the park were ...
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Welcome to Nelspruit

Nelspruit is a city in northeastern South Africa.  It is the capital of the Mpumalanga province. Located on the Crocodile River, Nelspruit lies about 110 kilometres (68 mi) by road west of the Mozambique border and 330 kilometres (210 mi) east of Johannesburg. (Wikipedia). Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, complete with Thatched Roof and a very “African” feel as soon as ...
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Scared Shitless in Johanasburg

Fear is a funny thing.  We typically try not to let: Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (F.U.D.) control us. However, in South Africa, particularly Jo-burg-it definitely wins every time!  We are in Jo-burg only briefly-to celebrate our special friend’40th birthday, Landy.  Fortunately, we are with locals, or we would give Jo-burg ...
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Polishing our Wits – The Do’s and Don’ts List

We Hibbles  have been given much advice prior to our arrival to South Africa (particularly Jo-burg and Cape Town.)  Keep in mind, most of our friends who are South Africans in Australia left South Africa due to crime and the low level of safety. While they no longer live there, they ...
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Where to go??

Geoff and I sat with maps and globes trying to figure out where in the world we wanted to go??? It first started out as just living in “Bali,” but suddenly grew to be much, much, more as we started spinning the globe….Greece…Canary Islands…Maldives..Shelleys…India…Japan..Hong Kong…Tahiti…Napal..Thailand…? It came to be too ...
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Behind the Scenes

Getting prepared to do such a big journey with the family takes a lot of preparations.  Here is what we needed in place before we committed: Get everyone on board.  Geoff and I are always ready for an adventure, but it’s important for teenagers to be happy and on the same ...
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