Phelps Family comes to Africa

We were so honored and blessed to have Will’s family come all the way from California to visit us in South Africa.  We started our trip with a checklist of about a hundred things we wanted to see and do in and around Cape Town, and after nine days of very fortunate weather and everyone’s enthusiasm we accomplished just about all of it.  Then we all flew to Rwanda to visit the mountain gorillas, one of Will’s mom’s lifelong dreams – we did it in honor of her 60th birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM!).  Our time with them in South Africa and Rwanda were truly unforgettable, and below we have posted some of our favorite moments.  Next up, the grand finale of our journey – Dubai!

Lunch at The Waterfront (with Table Mountain in the background)
An incredible tasting menu experience at Greenhouse Restaurant in Constantia
Looking for the whales in Hermanus
Feeding the Zebra at Paul Cluver
Will tasting with his dad and winemaker Andries Burger at Paul Cluver
Allie with her favorite little girl at Nomzamo safe house in the Langa township in Cape Town

The view front our hike halfway up Table Mountain
Lunch at Delaire Graff in Stellenbosch on father’s day
Greeted by baboons at Cape Point
The tip of Cape Point
Overnight game drive at Aquila Private Game Reserve

We took the cable car to the top of Table Mountain

Celebrating Will’s 26th birthday with a bottle of 2002 Insignia

Shopping for African loot at Green Market Square in Cape Town
Visiting Bridges of Hope with Will’s familySome local Rwandan kids we met on our walk into the jungle
This guy led the way as we tracked mountain gorillas in the jungle

Endless potato fields at the base of the mountain

Baby mountain sheep!
A tribal dance at the Mountain Gorilla View Lodge
The friendly local kids right outside our lodge saying hello



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5 responses to “Phelps Family comes to Africa

  1. rjhoule

    OMG, You really saw the MGs!! I’m so excited
    for you all. what a once in a lifetime treat! xo

  2. Amazing photos as usual! What an amazing way to celebrate Will’s 26th!

    Kirby (& Ian)

  3. Marcia Scharfen

    I am so honored to be a part of your photo journey through Africa. What a marvelous experience with the gorillas!…….and how nice to have Will’s parents there for a “joint” birthday!
    Continue to enjoy your voyage…..

  4. Bob and Patti

    This has been a lifetime experience for most of us as we make this journey with you. We have spread this kind of trip over years rather than months. Love you lots and see you soon.

  5. Dubai is pretty rad, and be ready for some intense heat. I didn’t get a long stay there, so make sure you explore (the ocean is AMAZING and filled with a ton of tropical fish)!

    Love these pics.

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