Sunday, 22 January 2012

Bucket List (1)

In the absence of a better word, Sarel and I decided to create a "Bucket List" of stuff we still want to do while we are in South Africa. 
A Bucket list is a list of stuff a person wants to do before he/she "kicks the bucket". We are not planning on "kicking the bucket" but we certainly have a deadline with regards to time in South Africa.
We've made a list of places we want to see of want to go to. There are so many places, but here are some of the items on this list which we were already able to do:
-          Mpumalanga Holiday (4 night/5 day holiday)
-          Kruger National Park Holiday (1 night , 2 days in the Park)
-          Durban Holiday (Long week-end, 4 night/5day holiday)
-          Maropeng - Cradle of Mankind (One day outing)
-          SAB – World of Beer tour (One day outing) – Unfortunately I forgot my camera at home and did not take any pictures of this outing.
-          Steam train (Fortunately this was a Year end function of the work and we took the kids along)
-          SA Lipizzaner show (“Spur of the moment” outing this morning. - photo's to follow)

During the next couple of days, I will post some of these photos of our Bucket list outings. The first of these photos are our Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park holiday in April 2011.

A giraffe in the Leopard Creek Golf Estate (next to the Kruger National Park) 

A ride in the Golf Car passed the Giraffe at Leopard Creek

Lunch at Pilgrims Rest - a Gold rush "ghost town"

The "Pinicle" Close to Graskop

God's Window - close to Graskop - You can see miles and miles of the "lowveld". Beautiful view!

A waterfall close to Graskop

The 3 "rondawels" or "huts" at the Blyderiver Canyon

This photo was taken on the balcony of our self catering unit at Crystal Springs - just outside Pilgrims rest.  We woke up to this view every morning!

It was Cara's 8th Birthday this day.  We celebrated by playing a round of put-put (mini golf) and went to a forestry museum and a restaurant at Sabie

The restaurant used an old train as part of the seating area.  The kids enjoyed the train's windows.

In the Kruger National Park you see a lot of  Impala.  The first few that you see you stop, take phones, admire them and then after the 14th herd, you don't even stop. :-)

This is my favourite animal.  So beautiful! I am busy doing a cross stitch of 2 Giraffe.  I will post the completed picture (once it is done!)

A warthog!  Funny looking animal ?!

At this lookout point in the Kruger you are allowed (at own risk) to get out of your vehicle (Elephant's river at the back).  Just as I took this photo, a little monkey (a real one) jumped into our car via an open window.  He stole a packet of crisps (Nick Nacks). 

And this is the culprit.  His little mouth was golden yellow from the chips.  He obviously knew how to eat the snack, as he held the packet properly and it looked like a small child having a treat.  Just after he finished he threw the paper on the ground.  Just like some humans I know.  As soon as it was safe to go near the paper, we picked it up and threw it in the bin provided.

Kids at a life size statue of an elephant at Skukuza Camp in the Kruger

This photo was taken an hour before we had to exit the Kruger National Park.  We were not too happy as we only saw 2 of the big 5 at this point. Many elephant and 2 rhino's.  We were so happy when we saw these buffalo.  At least it was 3 out of 5.

Less than 10 minutes before the Phalaborwa Gate and our exit time, we saw this Leopard.  We were so surprized to see this majestic animanl right next to the road. I was sooooo stunned and totally forgot to take pictures.  Sarel remined me to take photos. At least I got this one of the Leopard as he/she walked away.  Now we had 4 out of the 5.  The lion family hid from us.  Next time, King of the jungle, next time!!!

One of the many elephant we saw in the Kruger.

South Africa is a beautiful country and it is sad to think that we will not be able to go to the Kruger as often as we are able now.  But we understand that in order to have the freedom we want for our kids, there are some price to pay.
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