South Africa 2011 (Part 2: Liana) travel blog

The mother warthog.......

....... brings her family to visit often

The dogs like to bark at the warthogs but soon lose interest

It's fascinating how concealed these kudu are with their stripes and the...

The stripes almost look painted on

Thatching is quite an art form here and especially when you see...

Bit different from MY dentist's office!

The 'kraal' type home that Anschu & I visited. The owners say...

I like the outdoor living idea..........

The setting sun lights up these impala

.....and this bushbuck peeks out and takes a boo at us.

It's gotta be tuff for a bushbuck going through life with a...

This is the braai (BBQ) - an ingenious method of raising and...

Charles & Anschu found a black mamba in their gym here at...


March 21st

Today, Monday, is a holiday in South Africa – Human Rights Day – which kind of took everyone by surprise having been on the road and cycling for so long and kind of losing track of the days. Bruce and Charles took off after breakfast to do a long ride (about 80 - 90 Kms) and Anschu and I planned to go into Bela Bela and get a few things done. Didn't happen – everything is closed. So we did the next best thing – we did lunch!

Back at the farm I sat down with my laptop on the veranda, watching animals coming down to the fence, like a warthog with four young, and starting typing up my notes – finally! I am so far behind, not having been anywhere with a power supply for my laptop to do any writing, let alone so much as finding an internet signal anywhere! Seriously, not anywhere! I guess everyone here must use their cellphones. I’ve optimistically fired up my laptop in different locations and searched for possible connections but nothing, nada, zip!

Charles uses his Vodaphone cellphone connection to do internet, and he kindly lets us use it to do emails, but I can’t ask to use that for what I want to do (uplinking photos, etc.), so I am working hard at getting my notes written up and on to my USB flash drive then, tomorrow, I am determined to find an internet café in Bela Bela and get something posted. Help - I'm feeling blog withdrawal!

Just after Bruce and Charles got back from their 90km ride, Anschu took me to meet another couple on the farm. It was interesting to see their place: whereas Charles and Anschu live at the Game Reserve full time (when not travelling) this home is more of a vacation property, but very interesting because it’s built very much like the old kraals – round, thatched buildings set in a walled circle with an outdoor living area (and of course the inevitable braii) in the centre.

In the evening we had yet another lovely braii – ostrich steaks - then we watched a really old but appropriate movie: The Gods Must be Crazy.

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