Attending our annual exclusive getaways workshop in Centurion (Pretoria) today. Fantastic offerings and lovely getaway venues are being introduced to be added to our portfolio of destination offerings. The Greater Kruger National Park, secluded Kwazulu Natal lodges beautifully tucked away with unsurpassed tropical sea views and Limpopo province offerings are tops! Their accommodation, the scenery, cuisine…. Just awesome!
Whooo hoo….. As we came around a bend on the road this afternoon, there it was! A Huge Praying Mantis, Scientific name: Mantodea) about 200 mm from head to tail!!
Been looking for one for quite some time. Leapt off the vehicle and hit the dirt, a dusty affair! Got to get a picture! What a beauty! When threatened, the mantis stands tall and spread their forelegs which make them seem larger and more threatening. Lovely!
It must be February in South Africa…. the Safari from Johannesburg, the ambiance, the smells, the sounds. Beautiful African sun, softly settling in for the night. A Black-backed Jackal’s call in a distance, camp fires being lit. Exquisite!
It was overcast and drizzling a bit today as we left for a tour of Pretoria. No wind though with the temperature in the early 20’s. We visited the Voortrekker Monument, downtown Pretoria, The Union Buildings (office of the president of South Africa) rounding off the tour with a lovely Cappuccino at Huckleberry’s garden restaurant before saying goodbye to our guests from Ireland after their three-week stay in South Africa. Thank you so much for visiting South Africa! Looking forward to seeing you next year.
On a day trip from Pretoria, a Southern Red Bishop greeted us this morning with a shrill chirp and chattering rattle call. The little birds are highly skilled in creating fantastic weaved nests preferably on trees close to water. They are seeds eaters which they find from grasslands and savanna nearby. Beautiful!
Our day trip from Pretoria to the Cradle of Human Kind offered our guests from the USA a fantastic outing prior to departing for OR Tambo airport to catch an early evening flight on Lufthansa. The Sterkfontein caves was an awesome sight with detail explanations on archaeological discoveries made such as “Miss Pless” and “Little Foot”. Next up was Maropeng, a visitor’s delight, taking us back in time till modern day.
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