Final drive- H9 to Phalaborwa Gate via Sable Hide. Shoestrings Airport Lodge. It seemed like we saw more elephants from Letaba to Phalaborwa than the rest of the park combined. One group had over fifty pachyderms! And it was there I spotted (pun intended) our very first leopard. I was in shock; I couldn’t even speak. […]
Drive 1- Satara H1-3 to H6 to S41. S90 to S89 to H1-5 to S91/S92 to Olifants Camp, then S44, S93, S46, and S94 to Letaba. Drive 2- Night drive Letaba S69 loop to S95 loop, back to Letaba. Letaba campground. We weren’t wasting our time on S100 again, so we took the tar road […]
Drive 1- H3 to Biyamiti Loop to S114 to H2-2, then H3 to Skukuza. Drive 2- Lake Panic Hide. Drive 3- Night drive H11 to S1 to S65 and back to Skukuza. Skukuza campground. I was dreaming about zombies when I woke up just before the alarm. Greg went to the bathroom and I laid […]
Drive 1- Lower Sabie H4-2 to Gezantfombi waterhole, then S28 to Lower Sabie. Drive 2- Lower Sabie H4-1 to Skukuza. Night 2- Skukuza campground. In bed by 8:00p and up at 5:00a to get out of the gates when they opened at 5:30. Ah, the excitement in the bathroom in the wee hours is reason […]
Drive 1- Crocodile Bridge to hippo pools, H4-2 to Mativuhlungu Loop to Lower Sabie. Drive 2- Lower Sabie to S29 to S122 to H10 to Lower Sabie. Drive 3- Lower Sabie H4-1 to N’watimhiri causeway and back. Night 1- Lower Sabie campground. Our first drive in the park was like living The Lion King. I […]
Since G and I fly standby it’s dern-near impossible to make any travel plans beforehand, other than maybe some lodging with flexible, last minute cancellation policies. Before this trip we only booked a hotel for two nights after we were hoping to get into Johannesburg (and cancelled and rebooked at least three times due to […]
After two nights at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hotel, we changed hotels so we could experience some of our Club Carlson points at the Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan Paris Eiffel. Our room was advertised for €295 or 70,000 points/night, but since we’re Club Carlson Visa cardmembers we got our second night free so the stay […]
Contrary to popular belief we’re not dirtbaggers all the time (and we do shower on a regular basis although certainly not every day). Greg and I have stayed in hostels, crashed with friends, and slept in airports all over the world, spending less so that we might travel more. But that was before we started […]
We didn’t make any travel plans before we left home, other than we wanted to get to Finland to meet Santa Claus, and to see the uncles. From there we winged our trip and went where our flights could take us, booking rooms along the way. As far as standby goes, we got about as […]
Take-off to touchdown, Tallinn is a 27 minute flight from Helsinski. I had read about Tallinn’s lovely Christmas market in its Old Town, and since we happened to be in the neighborhood, and since Finnair and consequently Fly.be partner with Greg’s airline, we made the short trip across the pond. The only thing we had […]
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