Johannesburg and Pretoria

 

I fell a little behind in documenting the safari from October. We spent a couple of days in Johannesburg and a day in Pretoria. The different branches of government in South Africa are located in separate cities, so Pretoria is the administrative (executive branch) capital, Cape Town is the legislative capital, Bloemfontein is the judicial capital, and Johannesburg is the largest city. It was interesting to spend a day in Johannesburg and get one perspective on the country followed by a day in Pretoria to get a very different perspective.

You can watch the video slideshow version or browse through way too many photos or just go about your life without doing either.

Long drive from MalaMala¬†(near Kruger National Park) to Johannesburg, via the loosely-defined Panorama Route (God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck, Graskop, etc.)

Giant spider in our AirBNB –

Menacing rain spider in our AirBNB

Bike tour of Soweto with Lebo’s

Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill, the Zoo, LDS Temple, etc.

Pretoria, including Voortrekker Monument, Kruger House, Church Square, City Hall, Union Buildings, Cullinan Diamond Mine area, and a delicious braai (barbecue) with our hosts

And a few straggler photos just to make this page take forever to load –

The Hills in New York City

April 2018 visit to NYC – lots of tourism, a Hamilton show, and Nate Bargatze.

Safari Best Of Video

Ok, I finally narrowed down the best clips of our 4 days at MalaMala. Here’s the video –

It reminded me of the sheer variety of creatures we saw. Our rooms had checklists in them for keeping track of animal sightings. I didn’t want to bug the guide for the name of every bird and tree, but here’s what I marked:

  1. Blue Wildebeest
  2. Bushbuck
  3. Cape Buffalo
  4. Common Duiker
  5. Impala
  6. Klipspringer
  7. Kudu
  8. Nyala
  9. Steenbok
  10. Waterbuck
  11. Side-striped Jackal
  12. Wild Dog
  13. Chacma Baboon
  14. Vervet Monkey
  15. Elephant
  16. Burchell’s Zebra
  17. Leopard
  18. Lion
  19. Giraffe
  20. Hippopotamus
  21. Spotted Hyena
  22. Scrub Hare
  23. Lesser Bushbaby
  24. White Rhinoceros
  25. Tree Squirrel
  26. Warthog
  27. Dwarf Mongoose
  28. Slender Mongoose
  29. White-tailed Mongoose
  30. European Bee-eater
  31. African Cuckoo
  32. African Green Pigeon
  33. Egyptian Goose
  34. Bateleur
  35. African Fish Eagle
  36. Tawny Eagle
  37. Helmeted Guineafowl
  38. Grey Heron
  39. White-backed Night Heron
  40. African Grey Hornbill
  41. Giant Kingfisher
  42. Pied Kingfisher
  43. Lilac-breasted Roller
  44. Black-backed Puffback
  45. Cape Glossy Starling
  46. Saddle-Billed Stork
  47. Hooded Vulture
  48. White-backed Vulture
  49. Lesser Masked Weaver
  50. Rainbow Skink
  51. Nile Crocodile
  52. Leopard Tortoise

Bushbaby

Our guide caught the reflection of this bushbaby’s eyes as it jumped from tree to tree looking for bugs. I caught a couple of minutes of it when it finally stayed relatively still in one tree. This is zoomed in as far as the camera would go, which is why you’ll hear us asking questions about what it looked like — we couldn’t see it very well.

Also called a Galago.