On Thursday morning we left Abu Dhabi and arrived here in South Africa about 5 pm. After spending the night in a nice little hotel near the Johannesburg airport, we made the 400 km drive to the Sanbonani Resort in Hazyview, on the edge of Kruger National Park.
We're staying at an RCI property here, thanx to Troy Austen for sharing his RCI points with us. Sanbonani Resort reminds me a bi of PineStone Inn in Haliburton (that 1970's style). Our 3 bedroom chalet is spacious and comfortable. Best of all, the pool here is huge and awesome. Good thing, as daytime highs are expected to be between 35 and 40 degrees this week.
I think it's fair to say we feel "secure" at this resort. In South Africa, "security" means being in a compound surrounded by an electric fence topped with zipper wire, patrolled by armed guards. Ironically, South Africa reminds me of the United States, where "gated communities" are common, and signs everywhere tell you whether you're allowed to carry a gun or not. (There's a gun safe in Molly's room in our condo.)
Yesterday morning we woke up before 5 am, in order to get to the Kruger gate when it opened at 5:30. The early bird gets the worm, and the early riser here gets to see the animals! Check out the photos on Molly and Ursula's pages later today. Suffice it to say this was a day we will remember forever. At one point, within 15 minutes, we had 2 rhinos and a bull elephant (all bigger than our car) so close we could hear them chewing and breathing. (Given that George had shown me a couple of YouTube videos of bull elephants attacking or sitting on cars, I kept the engine running and the car in gear, as the elephant checked us out from up close.)
This morning, George and I went into town to buy a SIM card and data pack for Ursula's iPhone. There is wifi here at Sanbonani, but it doesn't reach our chalet and it's painfully slow. We also hit the bank and grocery store. First time I've ever seen armed guards at the ATMs and grocery store.
Anyway, we're still having fun. Glad we're here. Can't remember the last time I went swimming more than once in a day.