Monday, 12 November 2012

Hout Bay to Saldanha...

We met a lovely NZ couple, Sue and Brian, who have been cruising for 12 years.  We had only met them the once.  We received a text from them last Thursday - "do you want to come for a sail with us from Hout Bay to Saldanha, come over Friday night, we will sail 5am Saturday morning, then you can get the bus back Sunday".  Well, what do you say, other than "YES, we would love to come".
Brian and Sue
AND, the name of their boat is:  "Sea Rose"! 

The weather was very calm with a 15 to 20 knot breeze.  We came across a pod of whales - we estimated there would have been 30 or more!

What an awesome sight!

We had such a great weekend - a huge thank you to Sue and Brian!

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Seeing Vagabund Off...

Today we were so lucky to be invited by Rudi and Deslynn to go and see Zach and Magda off (another Maverick)... we all let their ropes off, then we followed them out in Paul's boat "Catarina" (another Maverick), and we watched them sail off, heading to South America, as we will be in a matter of months!  Wow, what a feeling!
Big Smiles!


Coming to South Africa we had to go on Safari!... and we felt we were running out of time.  When "Our Rose" goes in the water, we will not want to leave her.

So, we researched and decided to go to Kuzuko Private Game Reserve ... words simply do not describe the wonderful experience we had there.  The appreciation we were given to these extraordinary animals in their natural environment was breath-taking and really quite humbling.  How, as human beings we have managed to nearly wipe-out so many of these extraordinary creatures is beyond our comprehension!  Again, we will let the photos tell a little of the story.

There were about 18 elephant here - isn't the little one gorgeous!

Cheetha's having Kudu for dinner!

These guys are beyond beautiful!
HOW could these be killed for their horns??????  Seeing this beautiful Rhino was beyond words!  We felt so blessed!

This Buffalo was very friendly - he came right up to the truck

Baby Jackal
He and She Ostrich

Just to name some of the beautiful animals we had the privilege of seeing were:  Rhino, Elephants, Lions, Wilderbeest, Heartebeest, Eland, Baboons, Monkeys, Springbok, Ostrich, Zebra, Guinea Fowl, Kudu, Cheetah, Buffalo, Jackal and lots more!