African Safari Adventure – exploring South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe
Day 1- 4/08/2017
Left Dunsborough, South Western Australia at 5:30 on the South West Coach and headed for the Perth International Airport.
Dunsborough beach scene
Arrived at the Perth International Airport at 8:50pm and wheeled our luggage over to the airport departure to check it in. Excited to see Africa again and to explore places I had never been to before and to continue with my research into the conservation of endangered species. Hoped to have a smooth flight and get some much-needed shut-eye. The flight left at 23:40 and was due to arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa at 4:50am the next day.
The flight with SAA turned out to be relatively good with just one rather scary incident as we were descending to land. The plane suddenly leapt up leaving our hearts in our stomachs. It bounced about for a few minutes before stabilizing and dropping in altitude to settle in for the landing process. The explanation given was wind shear? No matter, it caused all the passengers to gasp in anticipation! Happily the plane landed without further adieu leaving us all very relieved to be on terra firma! With a 4 hour wait before our connecting flight to Nelspruit.
Day 2 -5/08/2017
Our flight to Nelspruit was at 9am so didn’t have to wait too long. We, collected our luggage, made our way to the departure lounge and spent a bit of time looking around. Enjoyed stretching the legs after the long 11 hour flight. First stop a cup of tea!
Such a dinky little cast iron tea pot! Want one!
The one thing that always jumps out at me in Africa with the art and craft is the wonderful use of colour!
He just couldn’t take his eyes off all that delicious colour
Boarded the smaller plane on time and set off for the Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit, arrival time 9:50. Smooth flight with a snack included.
Spotted my first rhino at the airport
As soon as we arrived we headed off to Hertz to organise our hire car a silver Toyota Fortuna. This process took about 1 hour as we had to arrange to have papers prepared for multiple cross border entrances to avoid any issues down the line.
With all our luggage loaded, hire car full of fuel, gps set, we ventured off to friends Russel & Janice in White River, Mpumalanga.
As we soon discovered ‘Lady Jane’, our gps couldn’t pick up the exact location and we drove around for a while, until deciding to stop in at a local motel to ask for directions. Luckily the manager there was absolutely amazing. She phoned Russell, got directions and showed us on the map where to go. We weren’t terribly wrong but could never have found it without her assistance!
Arrived at our destination about 4pm to a wonderful welcome and a much-needed cup of tea!
Friends of Janice and Russell’s, Pam & Garry invited us to Pam’s birthday celebration at Nabana Lodge owned by a lovely lady called Magda. We were joined by Jackie & Neil from Hazyview and Tim and Dave from Durban. The meal was outstanding, the company great and it was a really fun evening.
Finally fell into bed and into a deep sleep.