Kruger Park was the greatest experience in all of our South Africa Trip. Nothing else compares. By day one we had seen all of the Big Five; Quite a rare occurrence by park ranger standards. Though the nights were cold and the first days rainy, our spirits were not dampened. I knew once we arrived at the camp that I was in heaven! Such pure nature surrounding us was incredible. Everywhere we went there was wildlife; not a paved road for miles. There were so many opportunities that I would never have had the chance to take part in had i not been on this wonderful trip. Chances like walking with lions in the morning, petting a cheetah and her cubs, darting and releasing a leopard are of the more notable ones; there are so many others that happened between each of those that were equally exciting.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Another great day and a perfect end to the Cape Town portion of the trip. We first visited the Cape of Good Hope and were standing at the southern most part of africa! What an experience! The view was amazing ( pictures soon to follow). We continued our scenic drive and ended up at Boulders Beach where there are tons of african penguins posing for pictures (also soon to follow). We ate lunch and proceeded to a penguin and bird rehab center known as Sanccob. I had the opportunity to hold two different penguins and watch the feeding and care of some of the injured birds. A great day! More to come!
Posted by Andrew Gatzemeyer at 4:09 PM
Friday, June 5, 2009
Day 4 was an eye opening experience. The poverty of the black informal-housing areas was like nothing I have experienced before. We got a chance to a woman named Rosie who would cook for over 300 children every day. She worked in a space that is smaller than a bedroom. It amazed me that she does this just from pure kindness because she had a dream that "no child goes to bed with a hungry stomach". She did not feel burdenedb it was her pleasure to do this. On a lighter note, we all took a crash course on scuba diving in case we could not go cage diving tomorrow ( I'm already certified so I just did it for fun).
More to come. - Gatzy
Posted by Andrew Gatzemeyer at 9:32 PM
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Well the flight from dallas seemed to be teeming with energy, for me at least. I tried to catch up on some sleep but for the life of me I could not one second of shut eye! Pure excitement I guess. But once we landed the day became productive. Traveling through Frankfurt was quite an experience. The city was quite amazing and the architecture was amazing and unique. There are pictures coming soon (they would be up now but I put them up under the wrong e-mail)! Cape town seems to be full of opportunity and I can't wait to get going! More to come soon. Stay posted!
Posted by Andrew Gatzemeyer at 9:56 PM
Monday, June 1, 2009
Well its the last day before we head to the airport and depart for Frankfurt. I am quite overcome with excitement. This trip will be sure to turn out better than I expect it to.
Posted by Andrew Gatzemeyer at 1:34 PM
Friday, May 29, 2009
Can't sleep. Too buisy thinking about Africa!
Posted by Andrew Gatzemeyer at 12:57 AM
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Just testing the blackberry I'll be using to update some of the blog postings
Posted by Andrew Gatzemeyer at 4:04 PM