South Africa

Between 2006 and 2008, the Walleighs visited the Republic of South Africa multiple times. While they lived in Swaziland, Rick and Wendy visited Kruger Game Reserve once on their own and again with their son. They visited Cape Town, as beautiful a city as San Francisco; the Winelands–equivalent to Napa-Sonoma Wine Country; and South Africa’s coastal “Garden Route” between Cape Town and Durban.

South Africa: Winelands

South Africa

The landscape of the Winelands, less than two hours’ drive north of Cape Town, is spectacular—even more dramatic than Napa or Sonoma Valleys.  The wines are quite good too, though their top end is not as good as the top in California Wine Country.  However, some wineries in the Winelands have been growing grapes and […]

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South Africa: Kruger Game Park

South Africa

South Africa Wildlife Service operates all the guided safaris (just 1 driver, no extra scout) within the 7,500 square mile park in northeastern South Africa.  They also oversee self-driving tourists and the many lodges—both all-meals-inclusive and “self-catering” kinds—inside the huge tract of land.  Their rules are strict as to where cars can go—no off-roading—and when—sunrise […]

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South Africa: Cape Town Unlike Any Other African City

South Africa

Cape Town is one of Rick and Wendy’s favorite cities, which they visited on their own, with son Adrian, friend Carolyn, and to see their niece and then-fiancé who worked for nonprofit organizations there for a couple of years. The city’s characteristics are parallel with their “hometown” of San Francisco: diverse population, mountains within the […]

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South Africa: The Europe of Africa

South Africa

In 2006 while they lived in Swazilandand, the Walleighs visited the Republic of South Africa multiple times and again in 2008 for pleasure. Rick and Wendy visited Kruger Game Reserve on their own and with their son Adrian who came for a visit.  With him, later with a friend, Carolyn, and again with their niece […]

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2008 Walleigh Travel Journal: Back to Africa + Perspective on Africa Living

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Oct. 10 –  44 Hours Door to Door from Cape Town to Johannesberg to Nairobi to London to SFO! We had a great month in 4 African countries. But it was very tiring: really hard beds, so-so meals in many hotels, and needing to leave the bathroom light on every night because we were in […]

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2006 Walleigh Travel Journal: Living, Working in Swaziland + Traveling in Southern Africa

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December 21, 2006 – Walleighs Look Back and Forward:  Africa’s Contrasting, Parallel Universes. Rick and I were fortunate to have lived, worked, and traveled in amazing places in Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.  But we didn’t have to go far to see the rest of Africa: barefoot and ragged children, grandmothers carrying babies […]

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