Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Golden Gate NP and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, South Africa

April 16-19, 2019

We were hoping to meet up with the authors of a favorite travel blog - www.travelin-tortuga.com while we were both in Africa. We did! We enjoyed a two day visit with Rick and Kathy in Golden Gate National Park in the Drakensberg Mountains. This was our second visit to the park, but this with fall color, well worth a second look. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting Rick and Kathy and hope to meet up some time in the future. Rick and Kathy suggested we had time for a visit to Hluhluwe-Ifolozi Park before going to Durban. We had passed on visiting the park in January, but are very glad we saw it this time. We didn't see near the animals that we have seen in other parks, but the scenery is wonderful. It was more mountainous then other parks we have visited.

View of Golden Gate National Park from the Echo Canyon trail.

Echo Canyon trail - We were camped next to the trail head.

Echo Canyon - Good echos in there.

Looking out from Echo Canyon.

View of the mountains at sunset from our camp site.

Looking toward Echo Canyon from our camp site.

Fall color in Golden Gate NP

View of Golden Gate NP from a game drive. 

Jackels eating at the vulture hide. There were 3 jackels but no vultures.

Nelson Mandela sculpture at the Howick capture site.

Different view of Nelson Mandela sculpture.

Game drive road in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. This road was narrow but it was paved. Nice change from corrigated dusty dirt roads!



Giraffe expressing how she felt about having her photo taken.


Rhino - We saw quite a few rhinos, but they were always eating so their heads were down.

Buffalo with his two bird companions.

It was time to leave the park for the night and we got stuck in a buffalo jam. They were just hanging out in the middle of the road. As soon as this group decided to move more flowed on. It took at least 20 minutes for all of them to move on. We had to drive to our camp site after dark, something you don't do in Africa, to many road hazards.

Elephant - This was the biggest elephant we have seen in all of Africa. He was larger then the van. We spotted him walking down the road very fast straight at us. He was not moving to the side of the road. Lucky for us there was a dirt road to turn on to. The car behind us began moving in reverse very fast. 

View of Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Addo Elephant National Park - 2nd time

April 12-13, 2019

Addo Elephant NP was the first park we visited when we arrived in South African in November 2018. Since we were close we decided to visit again. We saw lots of elephants the first time and were hopeful we would again. We figured this would be the last chance to go on some game drives before leaving Africa. We were very lucky again seeing a lot of elephants. We also saw a lot of other animals including a large male lion, very lucky!

Elephant at the waterhole

Elephant enjoying the waterhole

Checking out the waterhole

Crossing the road

This elephant was as large as the van.

Baby and mom walking down the road.

Finished drinking at the waterhold, now time to eat.

Pale Chanting-Goshawk







Lion bored with his audience.

Lion jam - I could not believe the people climbing out of their cars to sit on top for a better view. The lion was pretty close to the road. The lion finally got bored, stood up, stretched, and walked away. 

Southern coast of South Africa

April 7-12, 2019

We had visited Cape Town and the southern coast of South Africa in December, so this time we visited areas we missed before. We found plenty of beautiful drives and new places to visit. We met a South African couple that gave us wounderful suggestions. You can't go wrong anywhere in the country, but some areas just can't be missed.

Bainskloof Pass in the Limietberg Nature Reserve Near Praal.

Bainskloof Pass area

Bainskloof Pass area

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town.

Sculpture in Kirstenbosch

Water lily

Shrubs at Kirstenbosch

King Protea

Tree canopy walkway at Kirstenbosch.

R44 is right on the coast between Gordon's Bay and Betty's Bay, a fabulous drive.

Stony Point Penguin Colony in Betty's Bay.

African Penguin

African Penguin sitting on two eggs.

Outeniqua Pass on the N9 just north of George, South Africa.

Route 62 - The South African version of Route 66. It really is a beautiful drive.