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Trip report subtitle:Mozambique isn't for sissies.

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DF (64 yo) and I (48 yesterday) have returned from our long awaited visit to her DD (25 yo Peace Corps worker). It was an exhausting and challenging trip, both mentally and physically for DF, but exhilerating.

We were gone for 22 days as follows:

Cape Town 5 days 4 nights

Mozambique 10 days 9 nights

Johannesburg 1 night

Krueger Park 4 days 3 nights

Johannesburg 1 day 1 night

plus travel days to and from Los Angeles.

Cape Town: Stayed at the Mandela Rhodes Place, this worked out well for us as it was a 2 bedroom suite and we met DD and her site partner (DDF) there. They were thrilled with the bedding and the breakfast which will become apparent as I describe their living conditions later in the report.

We did all the usual sites in Cape Town, got lucky with the weather as the storms stopped for the days we were there. Met Bobbieharv on the Robben Island tour. Robben Island was anticlimactic for all of us. Big waves made 2 of us seasick, all other tours for the day were cancelled, we were really rushed around quickly.

Highlight: Table Mountain, Cape of Good Hope, Penguins.

Meals: No real focus on eating here, wonderful night spent at Mama Africa drinking (alot) of S. Africa wine, eating and dancing. Ordered in at the hotel other nights due to exhaustion. Great wine bar in the hotel.

Just to stay on the S. Africa part of our trip, we stayed at the Dove's Nest for 2 nights and really liked it. They picked us up at the airport the night we flew in from Moz and drove us over to the rendez-vous to meet the safari the next morning. We ate at their dining room and dinner was terrific. Total for 1 night, 2 persons, 4 glasses of wine, 2 dinners was 640R. Downside was you had to eat the meal they were serving, but we did not care. That night they served lasagne, salad, squash, rolls and dessert (not sure what it was, didn't have it). The return night was sauteed chicken breast, salad, butternut squash, broccoli and something else. Again really good.

Safari booked thru Pierre at Everything was as represented and we were pleased with Bundu Safari Company. Saw lots of amazing animals including a mom Cheetah with 3 cubs, saw a croc eat a babboon (yuck) and were on hand for a big rhino smackdown. The leopard, however, eluded us. We stayed at their lodge, Thornhill Safari Lodge, for 3 nights. It is located 1 hour from the Orpen Gate in a game conservancy. First night, big 5 game drive on the conservancy. Second day was all day at Kruger Park, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Third day, morning bush walk, afternoon game drive at the conservancy. Fourth day, morning bush walk depart for Joburg via the popular mountain range, the name escapes me. By this point in our trip DF was exhausted and missed several of the events, but she needed rest. Very pleased with accomodations, food, etc. Drinks were extra, and we drank alot, plus had lots and lots of bottled water, total bill upon departure 242R.

I need to start my day, so will return later with all of the interesting, wacky, wonderful, strange details of Mozambique.


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