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Trip Report A Photo Link, 100 words, and an Itinerary...

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....At least those are the words atravelynn used to persuade me to get started on my long overdue trip report.

I didn’t think another report on Kruger and the surrounding area was necessary, but after taking a look at the Southern Africa Index of reports, and encouragement from atravelynn, I’ve realized one more can’t hurt.

My visit (September 2010) included Cape Town and a couple of private reserves in the Kruger area, namely Ngala Lodge and Exeter River Lodge, both managed by andBeyond. Tanya from Go2Africa has made arrangements for all my Southern Africa trips, including the one coming up later this year. Yes, yet another visit! If someone had told me two years ago that I’d be visiting the region this many times in such a short timeframe, I’d have thought they were nuts. I’ve got the fever bad!

I’d been to Cape Town before, but I wanted to visit again primarily for another walk with Baboon Matters. I enjoyed it very much the second time around, and would be happy to visit yet again. This time though, the baboons wandered off into an area off limits (for us humans) so our encounter did not last as long as I would have liked. We stayed with the baboons for twice as long last time, and I wanted more then. Maybe next time I’ll get my fill :)

I thought it might be nice to walk around Bo Kaap once more, and it was. The locals were quite friendly, which I really came to appreciate after realizing the amount of tourist traffic they have to tolerate. Funny thing is that as I was wandering around a local came up and asked me for directions! Nice to know I blend in so well.

Went whale watching in Gansbaai which was nice, but not nearly as interesting as going out on the shark diving boats. We saw a few shark boats while we were out there, as well as a few sharks which had been lured in, but the experience wasn’t as good as being on the actual shark diving boat. Getting good whale pictures is a challenge that will have to be mastered some other time. If I hadn't taken the pictures, I'd be hard pressed to identify any living creature in those shots.

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