We want to share as our last blog post, some wonderful experiences from the past two weeks travelling in South Africa. So that you have some idea of how huge this continent is, we flew for 6 hours nonstop to Johannesburg, changed planes and flew 2 hours to Cape Town. What a beautifully clean city, with beaches of white sand so fine it was like icing sugar, dramatic Table Mountain and spectacular views of ocean on both sides of the peninsula. This did not feel like the Africa we were familiar with but more like Europe. We stayed three nights in an adorable guest house [circa 1900] Welgelegen, two victorian houses joined by a courtyard. We were provided breakfast each day with hot bread out of the oven, fruits, granola, yogurt, cheeses, tomatoes eggs, crepes fresh squeezed orange juice etc. Cape Town is in a drought so we did not indulge in a soak in an 8’ free standing bath tub. Although the wind and some rain stopped us from boating to Robbin Island and taking the cable car to the top of the mountain, we were charmed with the city.
We spent 5 days and 4 nights on Safari in or near Kruger National Park. Unbelievable! Within 15 feet, sometimes 5 feet of untamed elephants, lions, rhinos, giraffes, African buffalo, leopards, hyenas, hippos, warthogs, wildebeest, zebras, baboons, impalas, monkeys and a multitude of beautiful birds, we observed their behavior in their native habitat. Many were training babies. We felt like we were living a National Geographic special. For a couple who was not sure we wanted to do this, it was amazing.
Zimbabwe concluded our trip with some history and dramatic scenery. We stayed in the 1904 Victoria Falls Hotel surrounded by acres of manicured gardens, lush grass and aromatic flowers. We looked out over the railroad bridge across the Zambezi River. The original plan was for a railroad to link Cairo to Cape Town. It was never completed but the bridge is still used today for vehicles and trains. The falls themselves are unfathomable, 5000 cubic meters /sec falling over the mile long break in the landscape. If you are a waterfall lover, this is one not to miss.
|Statue of David Livingston, physician, missionary, explorer, and discoverer of Victoria Falls|
We fly home tomorrow night. Goodbye good and gracious Ghana!