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  • Nigel's South Africa 2010 Gallery

    by Nigel Ivy 11. November 2010 10:28

    Nigel & Rianna had a great trip to South Africa this year, check out Nigel's South African 2010 gallery on nigelivy.com!

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    Thoughts on Africa 6

    by Rianna Ivy 21. September 2010 07:51

    So i have just come back from Cape Town! :D it was pretty awesome! It's a really ccool place as it is a city with all the things to do and things you need yet it has amazing views and countryside style things to do. It was quite cool to see a different part of Africa as it is very different to Polokwane. They can recycle there and it's a bit less backward than the other parts of Africa i've seen. Di and the boys were incredibly good to us! We saw alot and i really really enjoyed Cape Towm.

    Me and Nige climbed Table mountain on the first day, apparently we chose the hardest route up! but it was definately worth it. It was quite hard for me physically and i struggled quite a bit (they make the last bit the hardest and steepest!) but the view was incredible and i'm proud that i can now say that i climbed table mountain! Pictures will follow :D

    It's been quite interesting talking to Daniel and JP about what things are like here compared to England. Some things are much cheaper and others are a lot more expensive. Like books are more expensive?! I can understand why electronics are maybe more expensive, but books, why?That's like basic and quite old school, it's been around for ages. The houses there are cheap in English standards, you can get a REALLY nice house there for £200,000 with big garden, swimming pool, double garage and it's very spacious.

    it's quite horrible in africa with all the begging, in England (maybe just newbury?) beggars are generally quite passive and will sit there rather than ask directly for money, here they just ask you outright for money. It's quite akward. And I always have that battle that I should give them money but then what are they going to go and then do with it? Acohol abuse is quite bad here. I was quite shocked the other day to see white people begging in africa, You don't ever really think that you would see that.

    I find the way that people tip in Africa quite strange, like to wash your windscreen or fill up your car people will tip like R2, which is nothing!. I spose thats just the way it is but i would feel guilty or embarrassed just giving them 20p.

    Not long now until we go back! Will try and do another before we leave :D



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    Thoughts on Africa 5

    by Rianna Ivy 11. September 2010 06:41

    Just come back from our first trip to the Kruger Park, It was pretty awesome. We saw some really cool things. We saw: Cheetah, elephants, sable antelope (which are meant to be very rare), lions (mainly sleeping) but we did see some rhino and lions have a bit of a stand off, rhino, a hyena carrying its cub, baboons and the usual million herds of impala! We did see a martial eagle eating what looked like another eagle or something quite big, I'm sure you will all see the picture! I am very looking forward to our next trip :D. It was incredibly funny with Gran, Papa and Helen.They have an incredible knowledge of nature. The only irritating thing is that me and Nige had to sleep in seperate beds and i didn't sleep too well.

    I didn't realise how destructive the elephants are! half the park's trees were ruined! Nigel had told me that too many elephants wasn destuctive but I didn't think it was this bad.

    The lay out of the huts at the Kruger was puzzling to me! They had made all the huts with fully working kitchens open with no stopping the monkeys, then with the huts that just had fridges they put gauze around and enclosed the kitchen area! I was puzzled at the lack of logic! Although at the other camp all fridges were locked up which made more sense.

    I have been driving all kinds of cars which has been quite cool; i drove one of Mark's 4x4's around the farm which wasn't as difficult as i thought. Then i drove Gran and Papa's automatic. It's very strange to get used to! I need to be doing some practising of driving while i'm away otherwise it could be interesting when i get back as i only passed my test two weeks before i came out!

    I'm sure the Ivy family will be glad to know that we are buying supplies of chocolate and stuff for you, it's fairly cheap out here!

    Africa really is a beautiful place, the flowers are especially beautiful! I find the cactus trees to be quite amusing, they just look surreal.

    We are looking forward to our Cape town trip! I can't wait to see a different part of Africa to compare.

    Shall update soon :D



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    Thoughts on Africa 4

    by Rianna Ivy 30. August 2010 16:18

    Ok so i went fishing with everyone yesterday..... I was a little worried about the boat that is menat for 2 people having 5 people on it! lol, fishing isn't that bad once i had learnt to cast and stuffs. However it is rather repetitive and was rather bored towards the end as we had caught 2 fish with five rods and three hours! I would quite like to catch my own fish though! it might be more fun if you are catching fish!

    It's quite scary that lots of the houses have fences around them, to think that theft is that much of a problem. Although some of the fences are pointless as they could easily be climbed over! they don't have any spikes or wire at the top.

    Ok so i have now been bitten a fair amount on my legs, tis rather itchy! They seem to reckon they are tick bites (joy) but luckily i dont think that it is on me any longer!

    I'm having some difficulties sleeping which is rather frustrating and makes me look like i'm lazy as i sleep in (to 8:30 which is apparantly too late for these guys!!!) And I cannot believe the amount of washing me and Nigel are producing so quickly, i don't particularly like doing washing. I'm glad that it dries quickly here!

    The weather is picking up quite alot as it was fairly cold when we first got here. I was very surprised at how cold it got at night but also during the day.

    The lodge has been very quiet so far in terms of guests, so i'm looking forward to seeing what it's like with guests and see how they run things e.t.c.

    Why do Dairy milk and Nestle not sell some of these yummy things in England!!! like the double deck, that is yummy! we shall bring back some milo and stuffs :D

    Not much else has happened really so i shall update after i have done something different





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