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FIFA World Cup Group E: Netherlands 2 v 0 Denmark

Soccer City, Johannesburg, June 14th 2010

sunny 60 °F

A magnificent stadium, seats in the gods and more orange than I've seen before in my life!

Photos of the game can be found at the following link:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=180492&id=661392130&l=cd8936cd56

Ke Nako!

Posted by usroyal 01:51 Archived in South Africa Comments (0)

FIFA World Cup Group C: England 1 v 1 USA

Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, June 12th 2010

sunny 46 °F

Honors even - just as I predicted!

Photos of the game can be found at the following link:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=179718&id=661392130&l=ac26cb8f91

Ke Nako!

Posted by usroyal 08:09 Archived in South Africa Comments (2)

South Africa, Zambia and Botswana Update

Zambia & Botswana Safaris

sunny 80 °F

We arrived back in Johannesburg night before last from our 6 night safari. I have been trying to post on the Travellerspoint blog and Facebook but our Internet connection is sporadic, at best, and we are having some technical difficulties. Hopefully in the next couple of days I'll succeed in posting some photos.

In fact, some photos posted magically to Facebook - you can find them here [unfortunately without comment]

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=179316&id=661392130&l=470d6a081f

In the meantime, here is a quick update for those that are interested.

We started our safari in Zambia at a camp called Toka Leya which is located about 5 miles from Victoria Falls. Toka Leya Camp overlooks the Zambesi River and some of it's islands.

We took an early morning game drive in the Mosi-Oa- Tonya National Park where we saw a myriad of wildlife, including elephants, giraffes, hippos, impala, baboons,warthogs and an exclusive up close and personal viewing of the rare white rhinoceros.

We also did a fantastic walking tour of the Victoria Falls - Mosi-Oa-Tonya "The smoke that thunders"

It's a very special place and was one of the highlights of the safari. The Falls are unlike anything we've ever seen - such a tremendous amount of water falling into a spectacular gorge. Our favorite part was walking across a narrow (2 feet wide) bridge over a gorge while water from the falls was pouring down on us.

After 2 nights at Toka Leya we went to Duma Tau camp in Botwswana. We cossed the border between Zambia and Botswana at Kazangula which is the convergence point of four countries - Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. There is no bridge across the Zambesi River and the only way to cross from Zambia to Botswana is via one single deck ferry, which carries one truck at a time across the river! Hundreds of trucks queue to cross via this one small ferry and some stay there for weeks before crossing. Fortunately we were ferried across in a small motorboat!

After clearing Customs & Immigration at Kazangula, we transferred by road to to Kasane airport where we boarded our light aircraft for the flight to Chobe National Park airstrip, where we were met by our guide for the transfer by land rover to Duma Tau Camp. Within three minutes of landing, our guide took us to a hidden watering hole where a lioness and her two cubs were peacefully sleeping. A good start to our Botswana safari!

Duma Tau Camp is situated within the Linyati reserve - a wildlife are bordering Chobe National Park and is situated on one of the many lagoons within the Linyati Swamp system.

We saw more animals at Duma Tau than you can shake a stick at, highlighted by a rare night sighting of a leopard hunting his prey. We saw just about every animal that exists in Africa. It was fantastic to see the animals in their own environment.

We left Duma Tau by Land Rover to the airstrip for our flight in a 5 seater light aircraft to the Okavanga Delta. We were then transferred by helicopter to a small motorboat which carried us through the water channels to Little Vumbura Camp.

The camp is situated in a Wildlife management Area adjoining the northern boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve, in the very northern section of the magnificent alluvial fan known as the Okavanga Delta.

We took a boating trip during which we spotted hippos, fish eagles, kingfishers and cormorants, among others. We also took sunrise and sunset game drives, where we encountered the usual suspects - herds of elephant, journeys of giraffe, dazzles of zebra and impala everywhere! Highlights were a leopard asleep in a tree at a watering hole and a very rare sighting of two sable antelope, Africa's most endangered species.

We almost became animal fodder when our Land Rover became stuck in soft ground in the bush in the back of beyond! Our experienced guide "K' kept a cool head and saved the day!

We left Little Vumbura camp the way we arrived - by boat, helicopter and light aircraft to the safari center, Maun. We then took a 2 hour flight to Johannesburg.

We transferred by car to the Shumba Valley Lodge, 20 miles outside Johannesburg, our World Cup base for the next 16 days and 10 matches. The atmosphere is fantastic - thankfully we have ear plugs to soften the roar of the vuvuzelas which sound like billions of angry bees.

Our 1st match is this afternoon - England v USA.

More later.

Happy Days!

Posted by usroyal 03:37 Archived in South Africa Comments (0)

To Infinity & Beyond!

On Safari!

sunny

Hello Everyone,

We’re off this morning for 6 nights on Safari to Zambia [Victoria Falls] then on to Botswana. We will not be on email , Facebook, Travelerspoint (or phones probably). We will take lots of photos and update you when we get back to Johannesburg and to [relative] civilazation on June 10.

Then comes the World Cup - Trevor can’t wait!!

Posted by usroyal 21:44 Archived in South Africa Comments (0)

Arrived Safely!

We're just arrived here in Johannesburg safely after a 15 hour flight - no problems. It's obvious from our initial experiences [changing money, booking into a hotel] that we'll have to get out the BIG bottle of chill pills if the experience at the airport is going to be typical. The South Africans are on - it can wait until tomorrow or next week - big time! Oh well, still one whole week to the beginning of the World Cup - no worries!.

Posted by usroyal 13:25 Archived in South Africa Comments (1)

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