We were so honored to have Amanda’s parents come all the way from California to visit us for twelve action-packed days in South Africa and Botswana. We couldn’t have had a better time together. Below are some of the highlights from our African adventure.
Our first rental car broke down on the side of the freeway, 45 minutes from the airport
Lunch at Fresh at Paul Cluver, with the Pecks’ first taste of Paul Cluver Gewurztraminer
Wine tasting at Delaire Graff in Stellenbosch
Dinner at La Colombe with Paul Cluver, enjoying a magnum of 2006 Phelps Insignia that the Pecks brought all the way from home
On safari at Singita Ebony Lodge in Sabi Sands
Sundowners in the bush. Just before sunset, a couple rhinos walked by us, about 100 feet away
Our tracker George packing some heat as he took us on a walk through the bush
Riding bikes through the bush was a highlight – we saw three of the big five, and without the protection of the Land Rover
We had a one day/night layover in “Jo Burg” and went into the city to visit the Apartheid Museum
Riding traditional Mokoros in the Okavango Delta at Jao Camp in Botswana
This delta is bone dry half of the year and gets flooded like this the other half, and the plants and animals have learned to survive in both seasons
A picnic in the bush, surrounded by baboons on all sides
Things got silly at night at the all-inclusive Jao Camp
A sneaky croc
There are no fences at Jao Camp, so this guy paid us a visit first thing in the morning on our last day. We both touched him… shhhh don’t tell Johnny!
Cage diving with Great White Sharks, a couple hours outside of Cape Town
You can see “Danger Point” in the background. We later went on to dive in “Shark Alley.” Very creative names.
An early-morning hike up Lion’s Head on the Pecks’ last day in Cape Town
An adrenaline-filled ride on the Huey Helicopter – the only helicopter ride in the world without doors that is open to the public
Lunch at The Waterfront in Cape Town
Visiting the kids at Bridges of Hope, where our trip began four months ago