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October 27, 2006

Back from South Africa

Follow-up to Off to South Africa from Kieran's blog

So, we got back from South Africa on Sunday afternoon. I’ve only just got around to uploading photos today, as I’ve been either too busy or too tired since then to do it.

South Africa 2006 gallery

I’m not going to write reams as the photos will tell the story…to sum up though:

  • Long but entertaining flights with Emirates…superb entertainment systems!
  • Great weather (mid 20s to 30C most of the time)
  • Free accommodation at my parents’s lovely house
  • Great food as the South Africans really know how to do good meat :)
  • Cheap, exchange rate is great at the moment (about R14 = £1)
  • Lots of time spent with the whole family who we don’t see often enough really now-a-days
  • A fantastic safari in Hluhluwe, staying at the great but wild Munyawaneni lodge

I was really pleased with my new camera as it helped me take much much better photos than I did last year. All of the pictures below and shrunk for upload, but otherwise unedited. I was particularly pleased with the zoom and low light performance of the camera as I wouldn’t have got half my shots on safari otherwise. I’ve only highlighted a few here, there are more in the gallery and a lot more (about 500) on my computer.

In Southbroom at my parents’s place

The view

Watching whales from the house

Tiro and Gina

South Africa 2006 13

Flying Tiro!

Vervet Monkey in the back garden

Me on a jetski!

Visting uSharka marine park

Dolphins

Steph and a shark

Turtle feeding time

On safari!

Croc and water monitor

Zebra running down the road

Elephants crossing

Rhino crossing

A lion pride stalking some rhino

Giraffe

My brother the bird spotter! :)

Game in the camp!

Being watched by lions

Zebra and birds

Hippo

Hyena

Goodbye


October 06, 2006

Off to South Africa

Well, in two hours time Steph and I will be in Birmingham Airport checking in on our first long flight to South Africa (via Dubai).

We’re gone for just over two weeks and will be staying with my parents in Southbroom, near Durban. I’ll be taking a load of pictures with my new camera, so I’ll upload those when I get back (if they’re any good).

It’s spring right now in South Africa so the weather’s going to be pretty mixed, some rain, but hopefully around 28oC.

Right, better go finish packing!


September 25, 2005

South Africa

Writing about web page http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/kieranshaw/gallery/south_africa_2005/

So, I'm back from holiday. I actually got back on Thursday afternoon some time after another stupidly long day of traveling.

It was a fantastic holiday, just what I needed. It was the first time it's been a holiday just with my brother, mum and dad since we went to Florida about 12 years ago. I had to leave Steph behind this time, but she managed as Maggie was looking after her :)

So, what'd we get up to? Photos probably say it as well as anything else. I came back with around 400 photos from the combination of 3 digital cameras, but I've just put up some of the best ones in the gallery.

Kruger

That'll be the 'Big 5' then :)
We saw pretty much everything we could have wished to see. In just 3 days worth of safari we saw:

  • Buffalo
  • Giraffe
  • Elephant
  • Lion
  • Baboon
  • Rhino
  • Hippo
  • Croc
  • Leopard
  • Warthog
  • Hyena
  • Impala
  • Kudu
  • Zebra
  • Eagles
  • Vultures

Not a bad list I think.

Southbroom

We went back down to my parents house in Southroom (an hour south of Durban). Unfortunately it was a 600 odd mile trip which we did in one go, taking around 13 hours with stops. The most exciting part of which was going 40 km through the mountains of Swasiland on dirt tracks…oops.

Once back down in Southbroom we spent a bit of time chilling in the lovely weather and the gorgeous pool, but actually kept a bit too busy to do much in the way of sunbathing.

It was great finally seeing my parents new home all the way down in South Africa, it is indeed a lovely place in a beautiful part of the country (hell, you get to see whales from the balcony!).


September 08, 2005

Out of office blog entry

After a long old wait, I am finally off to South Africa to visit my parents. My next 24 hours consists of:

  • My taxi will be here in half an hour
  • Coach at 7:00 from Coventry
  • 09:30 arrive at Heathrow
  • 10:00 meet my brother
  • 11:00 check in
  • 13:50 fly to Zurich
  • 16:35 land in Zurich
  • Kill 6 hours!
  • 10:20 fly out of Zurich
  • Sleeeeeeeeep
  • 08:35 land in Johanesburg
  • Meet parents and start holiday!

ta ta…


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