Thursday, November 28, 2019
Part 2 of our trip to South Africa
Maximum temperature in the Charente today 13C, minimum 9C. 25 mm of rain measured this morning. 27km/h South-westerly winds with gusts up to 57 km/h!! Very breezy!
We arrived at Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape in the late afternoon of Monday 14 November after a 2-hour flight. The winds were so strong that the pilot battled to get the plane down, but the landing itself was smooth! We were met by Christelle and Patrick, who drove us home to their place in Kenton, which took about 1 1/2 hours. They had gone to a lot of trouble to make us so welcome and the rondavel with en suite was fabulous!
On arrival, Nigel was feeling unwell and sadly spent the next two days in bed with bad flu-like symptoms.
Nevertheless, I was up and about and spent some time with Christelle's family who were there for a couple of days from Zimbabwe. We took a trip down to the beach and borrowing a pair of rock sandals, I joined them on a walk before the tide came in. The tide almost beat us to it, and one corner was a little too deep for me and Christelle's nephew gallantly gave me a piggyback around the corner to the rocks on the other side!! I wish I could show you the video, but with our slow WiFi, it is impossible to load it, so here are a couple of stills taken from it!!!!
It was deeper than this in places...
Rounding the corner...
and Christelle helping me back on to terra firma. I was very grateful for the lift though we all had a laugh.
This is called Carriage Rock.
The following day the family all left and C and P took me out for a drive to see some of the nearby places. They are so lucky; close to them is San Estate, and although privately owned and one can only drive around the edge, we saw plenty of wildlife.
Impala (Aepyceros melampus).
Zebra (there several species and sub species (Equus quagga) being the most common and Hartebeest, (Alcelaphus buselaphus) on the right.
Nyala males, (Tragelaphus angasii)...
South African giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis). The giraffe is the tallest land animal in the world. Males can reach a height of 5 m, and females 4.5 m.
See also my Bird blog I have many photos of birds and I will put most of them on this blog.