Monday, November 30, 2009


Saturday 3rd October

Another full day today.

We leave Pretoria and drive to Hartbeespoort Dam.It is a busy Saturday morning and takes us about 30 minutes to be able to cross the dam wall.

Once across we continue to the Chameleon Markets



Sustenance is required before we hit the market stalls  and we choose the pancake shop just before the markets


Great bargains abound at these markets, but the stallholders are  pushy and in your face.

I knew this would be the the last chance to shop for gifts to take home and was disappointed because we were literally stalked down the aisles.

We drove back to Pretoria with less than expected goodies and readied for our trip to Centurion for a FORUM MEET.

Info & pics on pg15

It was the perfect end to a near perfect holiday in South Africa.

We met so many wonderful forumites and their families, and consider them all to be extended family.


Sunday was a do nothing day….well pack the bags day.

Monday …….. D day.

Bags packed.

Van packed.

Quick stop at a post shop to despatch two parcels.

On our way to OT International by 9.30.

We handed over the vehicle and once inside had our bags wrapped in plastic.

Check in, passport control and boarding can be a headache, but for this trip it was not a problem because Katie had assistance from Singapore Airlines personnel as soon as we entered the terminal.

This assistance had us in the departure lounge in less than 30 minutes.

A quick meal and last minute gifts and it was time to board.

Departure was 12.30pm

Sadness descended but another trip in on the drawing board.


Not soon enough.


Coming up: Singapore/Trip highs and lows/more photos

Monday, November 23, 2009

Time to continue…..

Friday 2nd October


Today is our first full day in the city(Pretoria).

An early start is needed to fit in all we have planned.

Really the early start was needed to pack 2 suitcases we were sending home as unaccompanied baggage (more cost effective than excess on the plane).

We left our accommodation at 8.30 for the 20 minute drive to SanParks head office

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We enjoyed coffee and biscuits with NedretS, ZakiyaF, andMelanieG.(and a handsome young man whose name escapes us)

Lots of tales were swapped and we realised all too soon that nearly 90 minutes had passed.

Time to say our farewell to our newfound friends……this happened so many times on this trip…..and we drove off into a traffic nightmare.

We were taking our 2 extra suitcases to Jet Park, close to OT airport, to be shipped home.

We travelled on the R21 and expected the trip to take 40 minutes.

Not far into the trip the traffic was starting to slow, and we noticed a large sign flashing that there was an accident ahead.

Eventually we passed the scene of the accident and soon after reached Jet Park, our 40 minute trip taking 150 minutes.

We found the freight company but finding a place to park was nigh impossible…….managed to get a spot and the bags were despatched.

The supervisor suggested the N1 would be the quicker option to drive back to Pretoria.

Guess what? Half an hour quicker.

I will never again complain about the traffic in Sydney and Canberra.

The road construction just went for k’s (on both the R21 & N1) and one hopes traffic will move smoothly when the work is completed.

We witnessed many near accidents on the N1 and also had a little dingle in the lane next to us. Three cars at least bumper to bumper, and I had left the camera at home.

Arrived home in Pretoria with a pounding headache and went in search of a strong coffee and food.

Friday evening we visited friends for a meal.

We  had our first stay in KNP with Eugene & Jireh in 2001 in the tents at Tamboti, and that is where our fascination and love of KNP was truly ignited.

We manage to visit them each time we visit South Africa, and also they visit us when they are in Australia visiting their children who live here.


Coming soon

Markets and a mega meet