Back to Work

27 November 2017  Richards Bay, South Africa
I had an unsettled night worrying about the cutlass bearing.  If they’ve damaged the threads beyond repair then the job will turn into a long nightmare.  I was up at 05:00 because I couldn’t sleep and spent two hours editing my photographs to take my mind off the damn cutlass bearing.

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Africa Game Parks 2

20 November 2017  Imfolozi Game Park, South Africa
The alarm went off at 04:30 and we groaned out of bed to meet our guide at 04:50 for a morning game drive.  It was a good trip and the lady guide pointed out lots of small thing as well as finding us Buffalo and White Rhino.  She was very excited to see a Secretarybird – a raptor that hunts on the ground - very odd, but very colourful.  We found a Dung Beetle rolling its ball of dung along the road - interestingly the female was clinging onto the dung ball getting a ride while the male laboured to find a suitable site to bury the ball and its eggs.  

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The Drakensburg Mountains

13 November 2017  Drakensburg Mountains, South Africa
We had another 07:00 start, heading back to the Royal Natal National Park.  This time we wanted to do a walk up to the Cannibal Cave, via Sunday Falls and Surprise Ridge.  The signs for the walk yesterday were excellent, so I didn’t pay much attention to our small trail map and followed a sign out of the Mahai Car Park that said “All Walking Trails”.

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Haulout Again

6 November 2017  Richards Bay, South Africa
We pottered about all day, waiting to haul-out.  Glenys finished off booking our land trips and I reviewed to-do lists and played guitar.  It’s great having a car - we popped out to the Boardwalk Shopping Mall to pay some bills and get a new SIM card for our phone.  We originally bought Telcom SIM cards, but the coverage in Richards Bay is poor and it’s non-existent away from the coast.  We bought an MTN card and it’s much, much better.

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Africa Game Parks 1

30 October 2017  Ithala Game Reserve, South Africa
It was holiday time - we’d booked ourselves four nights in Game Reserve Lodges.  We were heading north to Ithala Game Reserve, but made a slight detour to the entrance to Hluhluwe Game Reserve to get a map to allow us to plan for when our son Craig comes out to visit in a couple of weeks.  We saw our first Elephant right next to reception building.

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