Day 22 and 23–Rain, Rain Go Away

It’s been raining for 2 days. The kind of rain that’s quite annoying. It rains a bit, stops. You think you’re good and go outside for it to start up again. The sun decided to peek through the clouds late in the afternoon so we decided to take advantage of some nice afternoon light and…

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day 21–Taking the Cheetah For A Walk

Today was a bit miserable – cold, overcast and threatening to rain. After the morning feed we gave the servals some new hay for their beds. Each group inspected the new bed for approval. Ubuntu and Upendu decdided they weren’t quite happy about the location of the couch etc. The moved their own water tray…

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Day 19&20–Hanging with the cheetahs

Thursday was showery so didn’t really take any photos so combining posts. After the morning feed we took advantage of the gorgeous light with Diesel. He was a bit too playful so we didn’t stay long. We moved onto Ola who was quite content to lay in her grass and have her picture taken. Finished…

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day 19–Playing Chasey with the Cheetah

This morning we were left to prep and feed the cheetahs by ourselves. Must say they are way scarier when they are hungry and you’re the one having to toss the chicken to them. After our chores Diesel was looking a lot more friendly so we went in to introduce ourselves and take a few…

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Day 18 – Cruisy Intro to the Cats

Up for a 7am start. Cut, powder and feed the cheetahs and prep meat for the other cats for the afternoon. Done… Bit of a break till 9am..where we go an clean the enclosures which is fairly easy when these cats have certain spots they like to use. Everyone is looking a bit sleepy so…

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Day 17–To Daniell Cheetah Project

We didn’t need to be in Port Elizabeth till midday so it meant we could take our time or sleep in this morning. We chose to leave the park slowly, through the park. Up early for a drive just after sunrise around a few of our favorite spots in search of some more animals to…

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Day 16–Addo Elephant park

Early morning today to go on a game drive. We opted to pay someone to drive us around as 6am is the best time of day to see and be able to photograph animals and they get access to parts of park we don’t and know where the animals were. We were hoping to cross…

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Day 15–To Addo Elephant National Park

Another decent day of driving to Addo Elephant National Park. With our permit we get a park map and a bingo card (also known as a species guide). Don’t think I want to fill this card as I would leave perfectly happy having never ticked off Puff Adder We drive around part of the park…

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Day 14–Meerkats, Monkeys and More

Today was  a massively busy day of animals. First we were up bright and early to seem some wild meerkats with Meerket Adventrues. You’re taken to a property just after sunrise (bit later in winter) and have a welcome cuppa before walking down to the burrows. The we sit and wait….until one appears. It stands…

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Day 13–Ostrich in Oudtshoorn

We left Cape Town today and drove to Oudtshoorn. It was 5 or so hours of driving through some pretty countryside. We found a nice morning tea stop at the Rambling Rose – awesome food. We had a few hours to kill in the afternoon so we went to one of the Ostrich farms. It…

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Day 11–Arrived in Cape Town

Another early morning (I know…there’s a pattern developing here) as we fly to Cape Town today.  We’re on a teeny tiny plane (which freaks me out) – an Embraer but at least it has jets rather then propellers.  So small there’s only overhead space on one side and only small cabin bags fit. Few upset…

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Day 10–Back to Windhoek

Today we had a 550k drive ahead of us and had to decide whether to leave early or do a few hours in the park and pay for another day permit. We’d only really missed the cheetah (which we’ll get to see plenty of in Port Elizabeth) and leopard. Both of which you have to…

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Day 9–Namutoni region of Etosha

As we’re already inside the park gates it means we can actually be at the waterholes for good light. Their definition of “sunrise” means there’s been some light for 45 mins before we’re allowed out (I think it’s mainly so the paid game drives get the best light). We head to Chudop which is a…

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Day 7–The Okaukeujo Region of Etosha

Our first morning in Etosha and we had a fairly smooth run through the gate. We headed to Nebrownie waterhole. We spent an hour or so there. There were a few ostriches, a few impala and some jackal. We shifted to Oliffantsbad and sat here a good hour. After a bit of a snooze these…

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Day 6–Drive to Etosha

Today was another big day of driving – 500+ km to Etosha. Fortunately it was a tarred road for a lot of the way. The roads have a 120 km/hr speed limit which also helps get you there a bit quicker. The downside is they aren’t dual carriage way so John to got practice his…

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Day 5–To the Coast

It was our last night in the dunes and we had some spare time so John played around with some longer exposure shots of the stars. Milky Way looks so cool out here with no lights to drown out the stars. It was a 300k drive today to the coast and apparently you aren’t allowed…

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Day 4–Dune 45

We had another cool sunset this evening and even resisted the temptation to go onto the road and do a few donuts to kick up some dust to make the sun look even cooler. Fairly early to bed as I want to get to the gate a bit earlier and head for Dune 45 tomorrow….

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Day 3–The dunes of the Namib

Another early start so we can get to the gate at Sesriem for opening. It’s about 45 min drive from our accommodation and boy is it dusty this morning. All you can see is a line of dust as everyone converges on the gate. The dust is so fine you can see it coming into…

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Day 2–Off to the Namib

Today was another massive travel day. Up early to catch the shuttle bus to the airport and off to Windhoek. That all went well until we boarded the plane and sat there…and sat there…and finally they announced 35 passengers had failed to board and we were going to wait for them. So we sat on…

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Day 1–Arrived in Johannesburg

This morning was a massive travel day. We were up at 4am to get to the airport for a flight from Brisbane to Sydney. Had a few hours to kill in Sydney so we found a nice bluetooth speaker incase our car really only has radio/cassette as advertised and then our big flight from Sydney…

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Africa Bound

We’re doing a bit of travelling over the next month. We’ll be visiting Namibia and parts of South Africa. If you’re in the Johannesburg area, we’ll be presenting all things NUI – including Kinect of course. So pop in and say hi!

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