The past few months have been a time of reflection and renewal. We enjoyed special travels wandering through the Mountain Zebra park, Baviaans Kloof, Knysna, Addo, Prince Albert, Karoo National Park and Mokala (where we had to fight broken trolleys to move our luggage and long walks to our really lovely bungalow) and back again in August. Plans are being made for another August meander in 2019.
We managed a spontaneous Kruger trip to October and stayed at Shingwedzi where we enjoyed beautiful drives and special game sightings. Remember to go on the Nyala drive when you go up north. You will be transported to a small Eden.
In November, David and his classmates had the 50th anniversary of leaving Onderstepoort. A weekend was organised with Kloofzicht as the destination with Onderstepoort as the starting point. The class of 1968 re-kindled friendships in the same auditorium in which they received their results in 1968. Filled with good memories, poignant moments and long conversations at Kloofzicht, the re-union was a resounding success.
After the reunion together with friends from the USA. we drove to the Mosethla Eco-Lodge in Madikwe. Peter wanted his wife Jeanette to 'fully experience the African bush' and that we did.
Drawing our own water for showers and using a 'new' type of long drop and log cabin structures with canvas flaps we certainly had 'an authentic' experience. The lodge is named after the 'Mosethla' tree which was in full blossom throughout the game reserve. We had an experienced guide, Justice who ensured we had the best game sitings, giving our overseas guests more special memories. We saw everything except leopard, which of course means that we have to return to spot that elusive cat. We feel this is a place our older granddaughters in the modern days of technology will re-learn their roots.
Madikwe is very close to my heart as my grandfather owned a cattle ranch in the area between Botswana and South Africa and while 'the cattle ranchers' are not well thought of, my childhood memories are warm and filled with charm.
We are planning several 'small trips' in 2019. Our year starts off with our annual pilgrimage to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in February with other trips to the Kruger Park, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Western Cape as incentives through the year.
David and I love our magnificent country and so enjoy our meanderings.
Warm wishes to you and remember good company makes the journey seem shorter.
Till next time.