Day 28: Why I love South Africa: Rugby

As I’ve blogged before rugby is BIG in South Africa. Here are some pictures of my husband and I at a rugby game in 2011. The Western Province against the Lions.

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Day 18: Why I love South Africa: The animals: Springbokke

A springbok is s a medium-sized brown and white antelope. It is very fast and can reach speeds of up to 100km/h (62 mph) it can jump very high 4m (13 feet) through the air. Spring – translated is jump and bok translated is goat.

The springbok is South Africa’s national animal and also the name of the South African Rugby Team.

I love seeing them jump and leap through the air.

The Springbok and Impala look very similar and people sometimes get confused with them.

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Day 17: Why I love South Africa: The elephants

An elephant is amazing

Majestic and powerful!

They also have emotions and have been known to “cry”. I love seeing these amazing creatures.

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Day 16: Why I love South Africa: The Animals: zebra

My favourite animal is a zebra. I love horses and a zebra is a horse in pj’s am I right?

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My brother Hawie, sister Karin and me on a Mobil zebra in the late 80’s

Every zebra’s stripes are different. Just like a fingerprint. The sound that a zebra makes is what I associate with savannah and the African bush.

I’d like to share some of our best zebra photo’s with you:

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Day 14: Why I love South Africa: Pilanesberg Part 2

Welcome to part 2.  In my previous post I related how we arrived at Pilanesberg and about a close encounter with an elephant.

So after breakfast we decided to go on a game drive.

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We saw these water tortoises at the Mankwe dam bird hideout.
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I just couldn’t get enough of them!
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Time for a selfie with my sister!
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After the game viewing it was time for a braai picnic.
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In the heat of the day the animals go into the shade and rest. So we followed their lead and did the same.
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Day 13: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Pilanesberg

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In 2014 my sister, Karin, brother, Hawie, sister in law, Lindsay and I went to Pilanesberg  Game Reserve. It is close to Sun City in the North West Province.

Lindsay is American and we wanted to introduce her to South Africa.

We stayed in Safari Tents at the Manyane Camp.

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Rooibokke was in the camp with us. We tried to photograph them at night.
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The first evening we arrived there there was a storm. We had to braai indoors and eat our potato salad and meat in the tent. 

The next morning Karin and I went for a drive and we saw wildebeest and a jackal.

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A jackal
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During our morning drive an elephant came to say hello.
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If an elephant lifts his trunk it’s time to make a plan to get out of his way.
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After that visit from the elephant we were ready for breakfast at our tents. We were busy preparing when other visitors came along. Pumba’s family. In Afrikaans we call them Vlakvarke (Warthog in English)

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Lindsay and Hawie
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We’ve seen so much already and it’s only breakfast on the first day!

To be continued….

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Day 12: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Kaapse Hoop

Kaapse Hoop (or Kaapsche Hoop) is a misty town in Mpumalanga, South Africa. It is close to Nelspruit. I’ve visited this town only once but surely hope to be back soon! When you drive to this town you drive past plantations and the closer you get the more misty it becomes. Gold was discovered in the area, which was originally known as Duiwels Kantoor (literally meaning Devil’s Office)The first government buildings were erected in 1885 and the name of the developing town was changed to Kaapsehoop in 1886. Many of the original buildings from the 1800s still stand today.  Kaapse Hoop is also the home of wild horses.There are an estimated 150 – 180 wild horses. Nobody really knows where they come from and many fables exist.  These horses are most likely remnants of the gold mining days, the Boer wars and the early cattle farmers. Early documentation of these horses are found in old mining journals of the late 1800’s.  The breed of these horses are mostly Boerperd. The herds vary between 8 – 12 with the mature stallion and matriarch mare and they roam on a 17 000 ha property.

We were lucky enough to come across a herd of these lovely horses. I hope to be back there soon to visit these wonderful beings.

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There are a few guest houses and restaurants at Kaapse Hoop
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We enjoyed delicious pancakes!
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We saw this old church in town
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The wild horses of Kaapse Hoop are truly magical!
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Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Kruger National Park Day 11

The Kruger National Park is a must see in South Africa. I’ve last visited this park in 2011. I’d like to share some of the pictures that I took on that trip.

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There are many “Rooibokke” in the park.
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Elephant dung
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We saw a lot of elephants
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Buffalo
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We came across some elephants. This young bull was very interested in our car,
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Elephants crossing the road
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They where very close!
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Elephants can be very dangerous. So please be careful if they come so close and follow the safety instructions of the game reserve where you are.
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Goodbye! See you soon.
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Can you see the elephant….. me neither we only saw him when he moved from behind the bushes.
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We also saw rhino’s which is a privilege as they are very endangered. I hope the poachers will be stopped soon.
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Look at the mud on his body.
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I have many more pictures of my visit but will share it at a later stage, Hope you enjoyed the visit to the Kruger National Park.

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Day 10: Why I love South Africa: So many places to visit: Jozi

Johannesburg..the city of Gold.

I’ve posted about Johannesburg numerous times. Today I’d like to show you golden pictures of a golden city. Taken by my sister Karin on Northcliff tower.

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