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.

Leopards

I had hoped we would at least catch a glimpse of a leopard during our time at MalaMala. As it turned out, we saw at least one per day and a couple were within arm’s reach of the Land Rover. We watched one pounce at a rabbit but miss. (Another group bragged at lunch that they saw him catch it right after we left.) Beautiful animals!

My favorite photo was one my dad captured at sunset –

Leopard yawn at sunset

Here are some video clips –

And more photos –

Safari

I’m waist deep in footage from the South African photo safari we went on last week at MalaMala Game Reserve next to Kruger National Park. Here are a few videos and some of my favorite photos so far –

Elephant and rhinoceros mud bath (safe for all stomachs) –

Lions vs. vultures (warning: a little bit of raw meat) –

Overstuffed lions try to protect the leftovers of a Cape buffalo meal from hungry and persistent vultures.

Zebra feast (warning: medium graphic but super interesting. Noisy eaters!) –

Another Land Rover pulled up behind us and a woman said, “Wait, what are they doing?! Are they eating a zebra?! I do NOT want to see that. I thought they were just hanging out!”

Photos –

 

 

Eclipse!

We witnessed the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, from Rexburg, Idaho. It was worth the miserable drive home!

Quick summary, with some drone footage, GoPro time-lapse, and photos.

Just the time-lapse of the front yard getting dark and light again –