October, 1st 2007

Back from South Africa

– Liz Mair

Well, all, I returned back from S Africa yesterday, and am currently working on recovering from jet-lag while catching up on work stuff.

While I do, I'm posting some photos for public consumption. You can view the main highlights on my trip, with commentary, here. However, here are a few, with added commentary, for your immediate perusal.

Our first day in Capetown was spent at a two-match day at the 20 20 (cricket) World Cup. I'm not much of a cricket fan, but I did my best to enjoy the day and figure out what was going on.

On day 2, family friend Russ and I went diving with Great White Sharks, together with my new brother-in-law, Grant, and his cousin. This photo was taken (obviously) from the boat-- where I spent most of my time, after determining that a) it was easier to see the sharks from up there b) it was significantly warmer c) I could work on my tan, simultaneously and d) I was less likely to get my toes nibbled off.

Also during the first week, we went up Table Mountain (which provides the backdrop for Capetown). It's pretty high up, as you can see, and offered some good hiking.

My sister-in-law had her wedding at a hotel fronting onto Boulders Beach, which is host to a penguin sanctuary. These are some of the penguins we hung out with instead of, er, beautifying ourselves extensively for the wedding.

After the wedding, we left Capetown for Port Elizabeth and Addo Elephant Park. Here's one of the guys we saw there.

After leaving Addo and P.E., we headed up the coast to Durban, and then drove into the Zululands to visit Hluhluwe-Imfolozi game park. Here's one of the zebras we saw straight off the bat.

And here's a rhino we were concerned might charge us (he didn't).

I'd encourage you to check out the pictures over at flickr in full. Suffice it to say that I enjoyed S Africa a lot, especially as an animal lover, and we saw a lot of amazing things there.

Now, it's back to work...


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