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Day 4 – Backpacking the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Trail

Our last day hiking through the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim trail from Indian Gardens to the South Rim. Also, a visit to Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff before returning home. Continue reading

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Day 3 – Backpacking the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Trail

Day 3 of our Grand Canyon Rim to Rim hike from Bright Angel Campground, across the Colorado River and up to Indian Gardens. Continue reading

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Day 2 – Backpacking the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Trail

Continuing our rim to rim hike down the Grand Canyon on our second day from Supai Tunnel to the Bright Angel Campground. A side trip to Ribbon Falls was also made. Continue reading

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Day 1 – Backpacking the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Trail

The first day of our Grand Canyon Rim to Rim hike from the North Kaibab Trail on the North Rim to our campsite at 6800 feet. Continue reading

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Day 15: Finishing off the Big Five Game Animals in Kruger National Park

The last full day of our walking safari exceeded expectations. We encountered four of the five big five animals including several close encounters with a leopard and lions. Continue reading

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Day 14: Making Hemingway Proud — Tracking Rhinos on Foot

Our first full day in Kruger National Park. Began the morning by tracking a herd of rhinos on foot that we spent almost two hours following. The afternoon hike introduced us to several herds of Cape buffalo as well as a leopard tortoise. Continue reading

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Day 13: Begin Walking Safari in Kruger National Park

Began four day walking safari today at Klaserie Reserve at Kruger National Park. We drove from Pretoria to Kruger over six hours and then another hour by Land Rover into the reserve. Went on first hike in afternoon followed by game drive in evening. Encountered two lionesses. Continue reading

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Day 12: Out and About in Pretoria, South Africa

Arrived in Pretoria early in the morning and checked into the Victoria Hotel. Spent most of the day hanging around the city center and going up and down Paul Kruger street to Church Square and Burgers Park. Also, checked out the prison museum at the Pretoria Correctional Facilities. Continue reading

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Day 11: Farewell to the Zulu Village, Then Durban to Pretoria

We woke up in the Zulu town of Maphephetheni, had breakfast, and returned to Durban. I purchased our bus tickets to Pretoria on the Intercape and then spent a few hours at The Pavilion Mall with another couple we met. We left Durban at 10 PM for an overnight ride to Pretoria. Continue reading

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Day 10: 24 Hours with the Zulu

We spent the day today in the Zulu village of Maphephetheni (Ma-fe-fe-tha-nee) in the Valley of a Thousand Hills in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. We were taken to the village healer, or sangoma, and then went down to the spring to learn about the Zulu marriage process. The rest of the day was spent hanging out in the village and watching some Zulu dancing by the children. Continue reading

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