Friday, 23 April 2010

April Safari

Alfie has come back from our April tour, with happy reflections from the trip.

Joyce and Peter were very fortunate in their sightings in Kruger Park & Private Game Reserve – to see Leopard more than once is real good luck and very special. Leopards are very shy, nocturnal creatures, so not easy to see. Leopards usually go out hunting at night or dusk. It was suspected that the female Leopard had a den close by with cubs.

There was a lovely sighting of Honey Badger at the camp site in the Kruger National Park. They are considered ‘most fearless animal in the world’ in the Guinness Book of Records and ‘pound for pound the most powerful creature in Africa’.

It was great to be able to see the “Big 5” – Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo & Rhino being the most sought after wild animals to see. One tends to take it for granted that Africa’s greatest wild animals, the “Big 5” must be seen, but every sighting of a wild animal in its environment is a true privilege. The allure of these magnificent animals is only felt on seeing them in the wild, with a deep feeling of awe and gratitude.

Monday, 19 April 2010

In Memory of Ian & Ala Sussens

There was great sadness at Tshukudu Game Reserve – Ian, who ran the Bush Camp (with his wife Sylvia) and Ala, his mother were both killed in a tragic car accident 2 weeks’ ago. Such a huge loss and sorely felt by Alfie and Sabine, who have known & worked with them for a long time. Their loss will be felt by all who knew them!

Picture of Ian with Savannah the cheetah and one of her cubs

Monday, 12 April 2010

Cape Town Day Tours

Only 59 days to go!!!!! That’s all one hears on the news media right now 2010 World Cup Soccer …… Fortunately, we also have other big things to talk about at Epic Enabled.

Early in April, both Alfie & Sabine did various day tours in Cape Town. Christine & Oliver together with Lyn and a friend so enjoyed their Cape Point tour. The Group then did Cape Town City centre drive as well as a lovely Kirstenbosch tour.

Family Newark joined Christine & Oliver on a very enjoyable Stellenbosch Winelands tour to Spier and surroundings.

Oliver the ‘Shopper’ of course had a great time at the V & A Waterfront !

The Table Mt tour was a “skin of the teeth” happening, because the Cable Car had been closed for 3 days due to very strong winds, and as Sabine arrived with the Christine & Oliver, it opened – especially to welcome them. And this was really just in time, only a couple of hours before their flight back home.

Christine's comment:

Dear Alfie,

Sorry it has taken me nearly two weeks to let you know what a fabulous time Oliver and I had in Cape town. You were a fantastic guide, in hindsight I wished I had booked our safari with you. NEXT TIME. I am pleased we got to met your lovely wife and delightful son. I wish I could afford to come back in October.