July 25, 2018

After some epic game viewing in Kruger Park, we continued south en route to Cape Town. We visited eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) for a couple of days and stayed at the beautiful Hlane Game Reserve. There were two special things about this game park. First, there was no electricity but instead it was lit by paraffin lamps! This gave it a certain kind of old time charm. Each night at sunset, the staff would come around and light...

July 24, 2018

While we were in Cape Town, we visited Robben Island. It was an island that was used to hold political prisoners during the apartheid era from 1948-1994.  The island was also used as a leper colony in the mid 1800’s and it also functioned as a medium security criminal prison in more recent times. Presently it is not a prison anymore but it is a museum.

The prison was made of concrete blocks and had tall barbed-wire fences along...

June 28, 2018

It was nice to have slowed down the pace of travel while in Mauritius, but the boys were ready to head back to South Africa and look for animals again. We first spent a few days in Johannesburg with some old friends. We met Geraldine and Martin in 2003 when we were traveling in Brazil. They graciously hosted us a couple of years later when we visited South Africa for the first time. At the time we were kid-less, and Geraldine...

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