Well we were all packed and ready, had talked kindly to the house, because we would be away for 6 months, and then the taxi arrived!!!
We had a clear run up the M4 to Heathrow (Terminal 5) and then after a quick check in, we settled down in the Executive Lounge, where Dungie proceeded to fill his plate full of goodies, and I had a packet of crisps.
Disabled assistance eventually came to fetch us, and escorted us to the gate, where we were boarded onto the plane, which was unfortunately almost an hour late departing!
After a very pleasant flight, we finally arrived to lovely sunny weather in Joburg, and almost missed our connection to Cape Town, but luckily we just made it!!!
We arrived at a very cold Cape Town, but we were delighted to find that DinkyBird and Hawk, had braved the weather to come and meet us.
We spent a very pleasant hour or so with them, having coffee and catching up, and then they very kindly helped us to the car hire area, which is a huge walk from the terminal building!!
We drove via the Waterfront (by mistake…….missed a turn somewhere) to Melkbosstrand, where we were staying overnight in a very pleasant Guest House.
P@m had arranged a Cape Town meet, for us at the nearby Spur Steak Ranch, and so we set off in a force nine gale (at least it seemed like it!!)
There we met P@m & SO, Caracal, Scouter and family, Rookie, and Bush Baptist & SO. It was so good to meet them all after a year of reading their trip reports, and having the odd disagreement with BB, but I can honestly say he is such a nice guy (though maybe now I’ve blown his cover!!)
The meal was delish, and all too soon it was time to leave…….at least we would have left, but at that moment the gale produced buckets full of rain, so we had to wait till it had at least died down a bit!!
Eventually we all decided to make a run for it, and said our quick goodbyes, and promises of future meetings.
Then it was home to the Guest House, a good night’s sleep, and then we woke to sunshine!!
Sadly the sunshine didn’t last, and as we left the Guest House down came the rain again, and then we had sun and scattered showers all the way up to The West Coast National Park, which was to be the start of an amazing 2 week trip.
We checked in at the gate, and had absolutely no problem using our Wildcard Confirmation letter, (though I’m reliably informed that ours has just arrived, so will be able to use it in Kruger)
We were staying at Abrahamskraal, which is a self catering cottage near the bird hide.
It sleeps six, and is very comfortable and well equipped. If we had realised how cold it was going to be, we would have brought wood and built a roaring fire in the huge fireplace.
Outside the back door there was a huge tree with loads of weaver nests, and the busy little things were coming and going, and chattering and nattering.
We also saw a grey heron pass by, and there was a male and a female ostrich not far away!!
Late morning the sun came out, which lifted our spirits, and we decided to take a drive to Postberg, to see the flowers, just in case the weather was bad the following day.
It was a weak sun, so the flowers were only partly out, but even so…………wow!!
We’ve heard about the Spring Flowers, but this was simply stunning!!!
Maybe tomorrow, the sun would shine more, and then the flowers would open even further...........
We also saw some wildlife, and after a pleasant few hours, drove home for our sundowners, and a chicken stir fry and noodles, followed by lemon cheesecake.
As it was so cold, bed seemed the best place, and after reading our books for a while the eyelids were drooping, so we turned out the light.
There were some strange sounds coming form outside, but it wasn’t long before the sun was rising, and we had another day to look forward to.