Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Cheetah Humour

I took these photo's of two cheetahs lying in the shade on a very hot, dusty day at a game reserve on the East Coast of South Africa.

They could not be bothered with us and seemed to be sharing a little private joke!

"Have you heard the one about?......"

Back in Ireland

South Africa - land of splendour

Dear Friends

And so we are home again after the most wonderful holiday in South Africa. There are so many stories to tell and I took tonnes of photo’s which I must still work through. My new camera worked like crazy!!

To make a very long story really short:

We landed in Cape Town in the midst of a heat wave!!! From light snowfall in Ireland to 40 degrees – well, it was quite a shock to the system!

Absolutely wonderful to see the family again after 6 years and we had so much to share and talk about.

After the first few days, we took to the road and traveled up route 62!! I had almost forgotten just how beautiful the majestic mountains, countryside, orchards and vineyards are. Our eyes were like sponges, soaking in every detail.

From Oudtshoorn to Mossel Bay, George, Nysna, Plett, Stormrivier, staying over at each town to enjoy all the activities, from swinging in the tree tops of Tsitsikama to walking with elephants! Game reserves and animal santuaries – long walks at Keurboomstrand and steep climbs up to the suspension bridge at Stormsrivier.

So many things we saw and did and enjoyed the lovely, HOT sunshine on our skins. The last few days we traveled way across the land to the West Coast and then back to Cape Town and spend more time with the family.

The people are so friendly and it was wonderful to hear our language again!

The downside (unfortunately) – people live in their own prisons! High fences and security systems is the reality of living in South Africa. How terribly sad that so much beautiful is ruined by humans.

When I have more time, I will tell you about some of our adventures and upload photo's! And what fun we had!!!