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Knowing how much I enjoy flying, my wonderful fiancé, treated me to a hop on a microlight for my birthday. Except for the fact the we had to get up at the crack of dawn, it was absolutely amazing!!

Here we are taxing for takeoff.

This was at the Aeroden Lodge (Look under our Favourite Places for more details).
(Photo by Jenny)

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Up, up and away!! Into the early morning light we go.
(Photo by Jenny)

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The view was stunning!! There is nothing blocking your view. Here the sun has just poked up its head from behind the mountains. This view is towards the dam and our home.

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While holidaying in Cape Town this December, we found that Father Christmas apparently was also hanging out in Cape Town! Well at least we found his reindeer relaxing at the Durbanville Hills wine estate.

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Me and my girl, chilling out on the rocks at Hermanus.
(Photo by Jenny)

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During our visit to Cape Town this December, we decide to take Caitlin to see the Castle.

The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving building in South Africa. Built between 1666 and 1679, this pentagonal fortification replaced a small clay and timber fort built by Commander Jan van Riebeeck in 1652 upon establishing a maritime replenishment station art the Cape of Good Hope for the Dutch East India Company, better known as the VOC (Verenigde Oos-Indische Compagnie).

The original Dolphin Pool (in the photograph) was named after the impressive fountain in the form of a dolphin in the middle of the pool. It was possible to make a replica of the fountain by examining sketches and descriptions made by Lady Anne Barnard during the late 1790's. The fountain has been reconstructed from the remains of the clay floor and walls exposed in 1982.

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On Christmas day we all went out for a lovely Christmas lunch at Hedwig's Restaurant. The food was excellent and the view was magnificent. (Look under our Favourite Places for more details)
(Photo by Jenny)

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At Hedwig's you also get the chance to get up close and personal with the local wildlife. Here I am with "Stompie" the Zebra (he has no tail) and his mates. "Oscar" the Rhino also roams around on the grounds.
(Photo by Jenny)

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Caitlin, Jordan and Keith went fishing in the Bronkhorstspruit Dam! Well there was lots of enthusiasm, but unfortunately the fish outsmarted even the most dedicated fishermen and women!

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Having loads of fun at Bronkhorstspruit Dam. Caitlin caught in the moment.

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The other day we took a historic trip by steam train from Pretoria to Cullinan. This was organised by the "Friends of the Rail". Their aim is to preserve to old steam trains of South Africa.

It was a delightfully nostalgic trip (with all the soot and smoke) back to yesteryear, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Callinan can do a bit more to make their town a bit more tourist friendly though.

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Desert Feast 2008: When man spends a long time in the desert with no food or water he starts seeing things, and my, what a feast to the eyes this evening was!

Again my beautiful fiancé and her fellow dancers treated friends and family to a wonderful evening of Arabic dancing.

"Let your soul shine through. That is all other people see. A gift from you to them. An ancient art in motion that they might never have experienced, if you did not invite them to this special event" - Marinda Sauermann

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The adventure seekers on our trip to Pilansberg Game Reserve. We can really recommend it. It is close to Johannesburg/Pretoria and it has quite a variety of wildlife, which includes the Big Five.

I don't think that the pink outfit quite matches the kaki outfits which foreigners always tend to show up with when visiting South Africa.

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Now this is the live!! Relaxing on a catamaran on the Knysna lagoon. My companion needed no encouragement to get into the holiday mode.

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During our holiday in the Wilderness, Sedgefield, Knysna area we left our footprints and our hearts. What an lovely area of South Africa and highly recommended by both of us.

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Like Mother Like Daughter ... Jenny and Caitlin at the finale of an evening of brilliant Arabic dancing ... during which the camera man struggled to keep his attention on his assigned task.

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For my birthday this year (2008), Jenny treated me to dinner at Stef's Table. A wonderful restaurant in the heart of Hartbeespoort. What a wonderful place! The food was delicious and the chefs rendition of Happy Birthday on the piano was a treat! They even had my name printed on the bottom of the menu!!

We both, can really recommend this restaurant to anyone, but book in advance.

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Last December (2007) we decided to take a drive down to Cape Town. Never again in my life! I'm getting to old for this! Next time I fly there.

In any case, we did have loads of fun. Especially when it came to Christmas Day and all the gifts!! I never got so many gifts when I was a kid!!

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It took a fair amount of convincing to get her up the mountain, but here is the proof that Jenny did make it!! Can you believe it!!

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Out and about on the harbour with the V&A Waterfront and Table mountain in the background. Although the day started out with hanging on to the trees due to the wind, it ended being a very fun day. (Photo by Jenny)

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A recent activity that I'm trying out is paragliding. We went for training and flying near Rustenburg, South Africa.

My 1st solo flight was less than perfect, with me ending up in the trees on landing. It will most probably take a while for all the jokes to end, but it was great fun nether the less.

Here I'm taking of on my 2nd solo flight, during which I did not end up in the trees!

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Up, up, and there I go. Still making up my mind if this will be something I would want to do on a more permanent basis. All I can say now is that it is the cheapest form of flying and it is almost serene. Its all quiet, with just the wind blowing through your guide lines.

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Recently we spent an amazing time at Thabana Safari Lodge in the North West Province, South Africa. One of the key attractions, upon our arrival, was Storm, a 2 month old lion cub. He provided us with endless amusement, as well as pouncing on everyone when least expected.

Here Jenny is being "attacked" and Caitlin is rushing to "defend" her mom.

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For some reason the lion did not "attack" me. I'm sure animals can sense who are "City Slickers" and who are not. Here I am with Storm, the next King of the Jungle in the making. (J. Engelbrecht)

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This has been my second visit to Thabana, and as with the last visit it was just superb. The hosts were friendly and helpful and the facilities and food were top rate. The game viewing was excellent with 4 of the big five being present (no elephants), plus most of the others like Nyala, Wildebees, Kudu, etc. As well as a wide selection of birds.

I was joined by Jenny and Caitlin, who made the visit and experiences so much more memorable and were responsible for plenty of laughs (see above).

Here we are having sundowners after a late afternoon game drive with Hendrik, our guide, and a couple from Botswana.

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A view of my new home, Hartbeespoort Dam.

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The whole gang (well almost). My mom's 70th birthday in December of 2006 (May dad was having his 80th in January!!). Myself, mom, dad, and one of my brothers (unfortunately my eldest brother could not make it).

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Believe it or not, we still have slavery in South Africa! No, only joking. This was a real Dr. Livingstone experience at Hamiltons Lodge in the Kruger National Park. Your luggage was placed in the big suitcase and then it was carried to your bungalow to the sound of African chanting. Hamiltons is a wonderful private lodge in the Kruger National Park, which I can really recommend.

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Here is one of the big five at close range, albeit a young bachelor elephant. (Kruger National Park)

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And the king of them all! As usual, the king is taking his afternoon nap and not really interested in the bothering tourists. (Kruger National Park)

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The majestic table mountain in Cape Town. Cape Town is a must during any visit to South Africa.

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The smudge on the center right is the infamous Robben Island (For those who do not know, this is where ex President Mandela was imprisoned for many years). This is from the top of Table Mountain. in the front is Signal Hill and a small portion of Cape Town can be seen at peaking out in the center.

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