8,000 miles from home

When you read this I will either still be 30,000 feet up in the air or several thousands of miles away.  We will be landing in South Africa today so things on the blog will be pretty quiet for a while.  We are going to be there for 17 days and I am so excited to get back to South Africa and see all of our family and friends!  We have a very busy schedule and are going to be squeezing in as much as absolutely possible.  I have a feeling (like with most of our vacations) I’m going to need a vacation to recover from this vacation.  So, instead of doing a little Flashback Friday I’m going to be doing a Flash Forward to share with you some of the amazing things we’ll be doing!

South africa

Our adventure technically starts in Johannesburg because that is where we land, but we will be jumping in our rental car and getting out of there ASAP.  We’ll make the drive north-east and spend the night just outside of Kruger National Park.  Then we will spend the next 2 day and night inside of the park doing self drive safaris.  This will be my second trip to Kruger, and I know this one is going to be great.  My first trip we saw all kinds of animals including the Big Five (the lionAfrican elephantCape buffaloleopard, and rhinoceros) but we were in a small car.  This time we have rental a bigger 4×4 SUV so we will be prepared and have our eyes open for animals!  We’ll be looking for things like this:

kruger

 

After our time in Kruger we will make the drive back to Johannesburg to get on another flight down to Port Elizabeth.  From Port Elizabeth we will immediately drive over to Knysna, which is one of my all time favorite places in the world.  Here we will be staying with Colin’s Great, Great Uncle and Aunt.  Knysna is located on a lagoon that just beautiful.  The area called the Kysna Heads (where the ocean pours into the lagoon) is one of my favorite view and this is where I want to retire. 🙂

knysnaI can’t get over how young we look in this picture!  It was only taken 4 1/2 years ago, but seems so long.  Some other things we will be doing is playing with elephants, visiting with some monkeys, checking out all kinds of birds, looking at some cats,  watching crazy people bungee jump off the world’s highest bungee bridge, eating some of the most amazing seafood, and whatever else we feel like doing!
elephant

This is from when Matt came to visit Colin and I back in 2009.  This will be his 3rd trip to South Africa!!  Also while in Knysna we’ll be going out for a sunset cruise with Springtide Sailing.  This will be the second time I’ve done one of the sunset cruises and they are beautiful.  Being out on the lagoon as the sun sets is unreal.  After spending a few days in Knysna we will drive over to Bredasdorp/Struisbaai (will make a few scenic stops along the way) and visit with Colin’s grandmother, aunt, uncle and cousin.  This is where Colin grew up so it’s always fun to go back and see all the places his mischievous self got into trouble.  This is also very close to the southern most tip of Africa which we will be visiting.  While here we will eat even more amazing food, do some fishing, some hunting, and just relaxing with the family.  After spending a few days in Struisbaii/Bredasdorp we will be making our way over to Cape Town!!

Cape Town (and surrounding) hold such a special place in my heart.  This is where Colin and I got engaged, married, had our first place together, and just had so many unforgettable experiences.  The whole reason for this trip is because my sister-in-law is getting married!!!  Her wedding is on May 1st so we will be squeezing in tons while in Cape Town.  In addition to wedding activities we will be doing a lot of sightseeing and even more visiting with family and friends.  Two of our big non-wedding activities in Cape Town will be this

shark

and this.abseil

I am very excited/pee my pants nervous about both of these activities!  This will be the first time doing both of these and it’s going to be so much fun!!  Colin’s parents will keep Brice the two different mornings that we do these activities so while he’s getting spoiled rotten we’ll be walking on the danger side. 🙂  We have been planning this trip for months and months and I cannot believe it is finally here.  I can’t wait to see all of the family members and introduce them to Brice!!  Out of all his South African family, Brice has only met his aunt (Colin’s sister) and his Great, Great, Great Uncle and Aunt (the one’s we are staying with in Knysna), everyone else has met him over Skype but that’s all.  I hope to post a few updates while we are in South Africa but there is going to be very little exercise and a whole lot of fun going on!!

Anyone been to South Africa?  If so, what was your favorite part?

If you haven’t been, what would you want to do in South Africa??

4 responses to “8,000 miles from home

  1. I am SO FREAKING JEALOUS! I want go back and do all of this, and definitely the shark dive. It’s my only regret from our 15 days in South Africa, that we didn’t make our way over to do that. I absolutely love it there and want to go back 🙂

    • Thanks Karien, it was!! South Africa is such a beautiful place and we will definitely be back.

  2. Pingback: Thoughtless Thursday – South Africa: Kruger National Park | I run He tris·

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