Grrr. I am sitting here in dilemma. We spent the past three days chasing internet in Gaborone. We had a few things on our list as we arrived in a new country, not the least of which was getting our mobile internet squared away. I knew we would be more remote here in Botswana, as [...]
OK- finally Vimeo is working and so is our internet. This is the video from Oudtshoorn and our Ostrich riding experience!
Ostrich Ride South Africa from John Gill on Vimeo.
Women with their laundry in the river in KwaZulu Natal
An umuzi, or traditional Zulu homestead, in KwaZulu Natal
Driving through an area of the KwaZulu Natal close to the Drakensberg, we came across two women carrying huge baskets of laundry on their heads, taking them to the river to do their wash.
The family looking up at the Sani Pass, which is impassable due to a rock slide.
We tried again to venture into the tiny kingdom of Lesotho. We spent a week circling around the outside, exploring the ring of mountains which cradle it. We moved most every night, a wandering path that gave little time [...]
Without question, the hardest part of our lives at home to leave for this trip around the world was our dogs, Ayla and Sadie. More than our cats or horses or house or things. OK, maybe or maybe not more than our friends, but equal at any rate. They are our canine children and siblings, [...]
Golden Gate Highlands National Park, South Africa
We stood at the customs window in a sort of shock. We’d planned a little sojourn into Lesotho, a tiny kingdom landlocked in the mountains within South Africa, two days of driving and exploring. “You must write down the serial number of every camera, laptop, recording device, and [...]
What is new, gnu? A wildebeest eyes us as we stop to watch during a safari drive at Schotia Safari Park. They’re called gnu because of the noise they make.
Let sleeping rhinos lie. A white rhino lounging in the late afternoon.
As we drove around in an open air Landy, our guide, [...]
Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa
Leaping on the suspension bridge at the mouth of the Storms River, Tsitsikamma, South Africa
A section of the Otter Trail over the rocks
A view from the Otter Trail near Storms River. The seas were too rough and we were unable to go kayaking into the mouth.
Bloukrans Bridge, Tsitsikamma, home to the world’s highest commercial bungy jump.
Hannah was nervous for days. We had heard about the bungy jump from Bloukrans Bridge and checked the minimum age for jumpers. It was 14. This meant that she had no excuse, other than her own fear, to hold her back from making the [...]
Our wandering brings some interesting juxtapositions, showing us the full story by coincidence. Driving out of Baviaanskloof into the Gamtoos Valley of South Africa, we were surrounded by citrus orchards. Looking for a place to spend the night, we happened upon a sweet little guest house overlooking rows of lemon trees. We watched the tractor [...]