If you happen to make your way to Plettenburg Bay along the Garden Route in South Africa then I highly suggest you make a stop and walk around the Robberg Nature Reserve. It’s a nature reserve on a small peninsula extending from the oceanside town. The hike will take you about 2 hours if you… Continue reading Robberg Nature Reserve
I know my posts have been all over the place and things haven’t been in order. The first step is admitting I have a problem and it’s something I’m working on. But seriously, we saw some cheetahs today! Sure, they were in big cages, but pretty cool stuff nevertheless.
I have to preface this post by saying that I hope you all get the chance to visit this place at some point in your life. Pretty amazing. Last Friday night we (Reidruffs) headed to Franschhoek for some wine tasting and a night at the La Residence. A colleague of mine, Andrea, had mentioned that… Continue reading Viva La Residence! (Franschhoek)
I’m a big backlogged at the moment with my posts so I’ll try to fill you all in soon. So let’s start with Heaven. A couple of weeks ago Shan and I made the decision to get out of town for the weekend and headed to Hermanus. It’s a great beach town and I’ll post… Continue reading Lunch in Heaven
Saturday kicked off the weekend in wine country. Destination: Stellenbosch. Mission: Drink and Be Merry. Our friends, Tom and Gabby, came around our place at 11am and we headed off east. 45 minutes away and we were there. Yep, it’s that close. Can we please move here already? We checked into our Life & Leisure… Continue reading Stellenbosch
Our journey to Cape Town consisted of the following: Going to CVG 5 hours early in an attempt to catch the earlier flight to Boston Why? We had a 30 min connection in Boston. Meaning, the plane would arrive at 6pm and our next flight left for Amsterdam at 6:30pm. This would officially leave us… Continue reading Our Journey to Cape Town
Jacob having a little magic fun with the local children.
I’ve finally managed to get through all of the safari pictures from Amboseli and the Masai Mara and posted them to my smugmug page. Enjoy! The Masai Mara http://photography.jbwoodruff.com/Travel/Kenya-2012/20121216-Masai-Mara/ Amboseli http://photography.jbwoodruff.com/Travel/Kenya-2012/20121214-Amboseli/ Lake Naivasha http://photography.jbwoodruff.com/Travel/Kenya-2012/20121208-Lake-Naivasha/
There will be more pictures and stories to come, but I wanted to get these out before we headed out later today to go back home.
Apparently someone in the flight booking department didn’t want me to leave Kenya, because as of 30 minutes ago, I had no seat on a flight out of the country. I luckily checked my flights and found that this serious mistake had been made. After 20 minutes on the phone I had been told that… Continue reading The Flight that Almost Wasn’t
Shan and I decided to spend the weekend outside of Nairobi to enjoy neighboring Naivasha. Our goal was to enjoy Hells Gate National Park and see some hippos. What we got was so much more. We booked a night at the Mt. Longonot Lodge based on the notion that I thought it’d be cool to… Continue reading Weekend in Lake Naivasha / Mt Longonot Lodge
Yes, I know acrowbats isn’t spelled correctly. It was what they call themselves.
When I arrived in Mombasa this weekend I really had no idea where I was going. I know that I needed to head south to Diani and that was about it. The cab driver dropped me off and told me to walk ‘that direction,’ very helpful. I found myself walking upstream with a few hundred… Continue reading The Mombasa Ferry
In the interest of sharing the rest of the tale, I’m going to try and tell the rest of the story now. It might be long. We left the waterfall and made our way back down the mountain. It was a fairly long way down and we were all pretty tired. Great views though. That… Continue reading Lake Magadi: I’ll Finish Now
I keep planning on writing about my trip to the coast this past weekend, but work and events keep getting in the way. In the meantime, here’s a shot I captured on Sunday while on the beach.
The whole reason we really wanted to hike that day was to visit a waterfall and do some swimming. As I relayed before, we paid a little more to get the chance to see the waterfall without knowing if we could even reach the falls. Our guide, James, mentioned a cliff we would need to… Continue reading Lake Magadi: The Waterfall
One of the biggest planned activities while in Ngurumani was to hike up in the mountains in the surrounding area. We set out around 8 in the morning for a 3 hour tour, a 3 hour tour. Our primary goal in the hike was to stop at a waterfall at the top. It was probably… Continue reading Lake Magadi: The Hike
A quick post, but thought I’d share where I stayed the first night in Ngurumani. The toilet had a shower head over it; great for multi-tasking. Large spiders littered the room, but I was grateful of their mosie-killing abilities. Kenyan pancakes are great with Nutella.
Our adventure this weekend revolved around Lake Magadi. To quote Wikipedia, it is the southern most lake in the Kenyan Rift Valley. The lake is 80% soda ash and is highly alkaline. This makes it a perfect place for flamingos. The first thing we noticed when we arrived in town was a giant factory. This… Continue reading Lake Magadi