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Dec 27, 2018 - Dec 27

Well it is hard to believe we only have 6 sleeps left until we head back to Edmonton. I apologize immensely for not blogging until now. There has virtually been very little time to blog as you have all been accustomed to in the past. I promise to do a really thorough account with photos when we return. I will obviously be very busy since it is hard to pack in everything we have done but I have taken excellent notes every day which will help. We managed to see the big 5, the ugly 5, the baby 5, and the mini 5. The saddest thing we saw was a...

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Dec 17, 2018 - Dec 17 - free time - Robben Island and Table Mountain cable ride

Today's Itinerary Enjoy a day of leisure and choose from a variety of optional activities including a visit to Table Mountain or a Stellenbosch wine tour. There is something for everyone in Cape Town. Visit Table Mountain, walk the V&A Waterfront or embark on a wine tour in and around Stellenbosch. For the adventurous, opt to go skydiving, abseiling, or, if you're really brave, cage diving for a close encounter with a great white shark. Wander through the city centre, which has some of the oldest buildings and gardens in South Africa....

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Dec 16, 2018 - Dec 16 - Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Cape town, Cape Point and Boulder's Beach

Today's itinerary: Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden with an expert guide on a tour exclusively designed for our group the garden has been named one of the top gardens in the world by National Geographic Traveler magazine. Continue on to explore vibrant Cape Town and Cape Point, with a visit to the penguins at Boulders Beach. It's gonna be a big day! ... Just some small details abut South Africa: it has 9 provinces, 11 official languages, became a republic in 1961 and has a population of 57.7 million. Malay quarters: After...

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Dec 15, 2018 - Hermanus wine country and then to Cape town

Today is our last day with Maggie, Chris and Philip. We made arrangement with Philip to try to meet him at Daphne's final resting place at Kirstenbosch gardens tomorrow. This may seem like a sheer coincidence the gardens were part of our tour tomorrow and Philip came to visit us. I really think it was fate that made this happen. Mom was very happy she could visit the place where Daphne's ashes were spread. In the morning, Maggie took us up into the wine country for a short visit. We stopped at a winery called the Creation. Wine tasting...

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Dec 14, 2018 - Dec 14 - Hermanus to Cape Agulhas

We had a great sleep and may be getting back on track with daily routines. Maggie had rusk for breakfast and we loved them! Rusk originated in the late 1600s and is a traditional Afrikaner breakfast snack or meal. It is pretty much biscotti and is a way of preserving bread especially when travelling long distances without refrigeration. I consulted Google and rusk is a worldwide phenomena called many things depending on where you are. We visited over breakfast making plans to go to the Cape. I should mention it is very normal to have an...

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Dec 13, 2018 - Dec 13 off to Hermanuspietersfontein

On Dec 13th we enjoyed breakfast around 8 am. Did I mention the breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express was amazing? We rested a bit and then packed up since our prearranged shuttle would be arriving around 11 to take us to Hermanus. Our shuttle did arrive eventually and 45 minutes late. Apparently the traffic into Cape town is insane largely because it was the very beginning of the summer holidays for school age kids. This of course delayed our shuttle which turned into 2 cars and 2 drivers since they could not rent a trailer (all the...

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Dec 12, 2018 - Dec 12 in Cape town adapting to the time zone and temperature

Well we are finally at our hotel in Capetown having breakfast and drinking lattes. We have just chatted with Maggie, mom's friend from way back who lives 90 minutes away in Hermanus (Vermont). We will be traveling tomorrow by shuttle to visit her and Chris (her hubby) for 2 days. There will be 2 Chris' then,,, we will have to call one Christine or Christopher maybe??? At 630 our little Josie was up rooting around in her luggage a lot. She was looking for her hairspray which I found in the bathroom. Haha! Any of you that have mom's in their...

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Dec 10, 2018 - Dec 10 to 11 in transit and arrival to Cape town

On Dec 10th 8 am we left Edmonton for Cape town on Delta 2247. We went through Minneapolis-St Paul then Paris and arrived in Cape town at 1010 pm Dec 11th. Our total flying time was pretty much 23 hours. Cape town is 9 hours ahead. The journey to a South Africa is loooonnng. We got up at 345 am Dec 10, caught our flight 2 hour 57 minute flight to Minneapolis. In Minneapolis, mom and I enjoyed a beverage each to the tune of 45 Canadian. Rather insane but well worth the entertainment since we ordered mom a double screwdriver. When I ever...

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Sep 27, 2018 - Bon's Travels

Cape Town...Cathy tours garden coast...Bon to Cape of Good Hope/Point tour and Alghulas on day trips. Then both Cathy and Bon go to Cape Aguhless, see some whales then inland through miles and miles of gorgeous flat and rolling farmland and the highest pass in S. Africa. Took a train to Simonstown to see pelicans...fun to watch!

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Sep 4, 2018 - Cape Town, SA

Hi! We successfully made it to Cape Town, SA on Sunday after two long days of traveling and a total of 20 hours of air time. We were greeted by our wonderful host/guide at the airport, Noel (“Nole”). Got checked into the hotel and then ventured out to the V&A Waterfront area for dinner. Sunday night so it was a little slow but neat area with shops, bars and restaurants on the water. Terrific dinner with gourmet burgers and miikshakes (120 flavors)! Monday, Noel picked us up bright and early....overslept so we missed breakfast.....but had...

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Sep 4, 2018 - Day 29

Today is the last day that I am at South Africa. Cannot believe my journey is ending tomorrow. Got up late around 8:00am. Naaz already made coffee and toast for me. She also did my laundry yesterday. She is so warm and nice. Leonie said Naaz could be a tiger to deal with others also. First, I went to the Castle of Good Hope. It was built in the 17th century by the Dutch East Indian Company. It was a huge fort and still carries on some traditions such as the change of the Key ceremony at 10:00am and firing of the cannon at 11:00am. There was...

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Sep 3, 2018 - Day 28

It was raining when I woke up. After checking the forecast, I decided still to proceed to go to the Botanical Garden. An Uber car showed up within 2 minutes and he got me to the Garden at 8:30am. This time I had 3 target birds: Grassbird, Orange-breasted Sunbird and Spotted Eagle-owl. It was drizzling until past 10:00am. A staff showed me where one of the owls was. She was sitting on the nest inside a large planter near the entrance! I could see her head. She has intense eyes and long ear tuffs. It is a large owl like our Great-horned Owl....

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