Friday, 6 December 2013



We entered from the south at QachasNeck.a lovely impressive drive along orange river with arid mountains,big river gorges,little rural villages,simple stone or mud and stick houses,men on donkeys,herders minding goats and sheep,not many vehicles,many people walking,manybwearing the traditional basotho blanket.
It felt different to the other southern african countries

LESOTHO 17-18/11/2013

We dis a 2 day drive through Lesotho
It is a small,poor,country,surrounded by South Africa
It has one of the highest HIV rates in the world,about 26%.this is not obvious.there were few signs about HIV or its prevention.we saw no obvious victims.drug treatment must be working.

Swaziland rural scenary

Thursday, 5 December 2013


This was a lovely little museum.
Enjoyed the beadwork,videos of dancing,wildlife panoramas and history of first king after independence,with his yank tank collection,the map and the evolution drawing

Sondzela Backpackers.Swaziland

The child in the rhino photo is now the manager of the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.
Old style breakfast
Kerry and the cook


We drove through this wildlife sanctuary in Swaziland,on way to our baclpackers.saw some nice antelopes and wildebeast.

Swaziland Phophonyane Falls 11/11/13

A short detour for a waterfall walk


This small independant country is ruled by the last absolute monarch in Africa.he has 14 wives,who live in his two palaces.
Swaziland was a british protectorate,so was never part of south africa,.independence1968,
HIV 26%! We are only saw one or two signs about HIV.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Kruger - MONKEYS

These monkeys at Skukuze,the main camp in Kruger,were very cute


On our night safari we heard about a recent buffalo kill by lions.on the dawn safari the next day we saw them,a large pride of lions,with full bellies,with buffalo carcass.most impressive

Friday, 15 November 2013


The biggest and most famous gamepark in South Africa
We wanted to see a leopard to complete the big five
We spotted on,actually saw all the big five lots of other game.not as much,and not as easy to see as the Okavango and where near as many rhinos as Hluhluwe.

The leopard was resting near this cave.he got up for one leisurely stroll,then went back to sleep


This is the best scenary in the canyon
A rondeval is a round hut with a conical hut

Bourkes Luck Potholes

Another pretty stop in BRC
The museum had some nice prints