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Sawubona from South Africa!

We are alive and well and now in our 8th country, 3rd continent and approaching our 7th month on the road! We all had a fabulous week in Perth, Australia thanks to our gracious hosts: Amy, Chris, lil' Oliver, Rodney, Clair, Victoria and especially our roommate John who put up with us all invading his home. Thanks to them, we are now fairly well versed in the rules of cricket, know the best fish 'n chips spot in Fremantle and are all huge Bombers fans (Aussie Rules team from Essendon).

We then hopped on another plane and headed due west (for 11 hours!) to Johannesburg, SA. We were fortunate enough to have a great guide and driver from our guest house, Patrick, who showed us around. We visited the township of Soweto, site of famous uprisings during the era of Apartheid and home to some of South Africas most beloved people (Desomond Tutu and Nelson Mandela among others). We visited the hauntingly powerful Apartheid Museum and even got to tour Nelson Mandela's home where he lived prior to being imprisoned.

We then drove northeast about 6 hours to Thornybush Game Reserve, a private game park adjacent to the famous Kruger National Park. We all quickly settled in to enjoy our first (and probably last) 5-star accomodation as a splurge we felt was worthwhile. We spent the next 3 nights and 4 days seeing and learning about the amazing animals, eating fabulous food and enjoying the beauty of Africa. Our daily schedule was up at 5 (!), coffee at 5:30 and then on to the open-air Land Rover for a sunrise game drive. Back for a hearty breakfast around 9, then time for swimming, relaxing until lunch at 1. Tea and coffee at 3:30 and then back out for another evening/sunset drive until about 7, followed by an amazing dinner. Brendan was our Ranger and Rexon our Tracker for our entire visit and we all enjoyed learning from them about life in the bush. We saw almost too many animals to count, but among the favorites were the White Rhino, an entire Pride of Lions, a Leopard and a surprising (and small) favorite, the Flap-necked Chameleon. The safari was a trip highlight that we will not forget...

We then returned to Jo-burg and flew southwest this time bound for Cape Town. We stayed for 6 nights in a small beach town south of the city called Scarborough. From there, we launched day trips to Table Mountain overlooking the city, Boulders Beach and its penguin colony and Simons Town. We are now 500 kms east of Cape Town, along the famous Garden Route in a town called Knysna - famous for its hiking, forests and resident sea creature the Sea Horse. This area looks a lot like Oregon and makes us all a bit homesick, but nothing that a good cup of coffee and a long hike won't cure.

On April 26 we fly to Lisbon, Portugal to begin our final 3 months in Europe. We miss you all and hope our Portland family and friends are starting to dry out from the long wet winter. Until next time....

Posted by kcrawf 08:41 Archived in South Africa Tagged round_the_world

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That safari looks awesome and so do you guys! You all have great tans. My nickname is "Powder" since I've moved to Oregon. Have fun, and safe travels!

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Looks like I got m y comments in the wrong spot. Look to the end for our latest entry. Pops

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