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Final Day in Mala Mala

Next stop Johannesburg

sunny 74 °F

Our last day at Mala Mala was sad but exciting. We have had an amazing time and I can't imagine that anything else will live up to this but I am interested in new adventures.

We began our day on a morning safari drive knowing we had to come back early to catch our flight. Today we saw the leopard again with her two baby cubs which was so fun to watch. From here we drove through the bush, came around a corner and saw two giraffes. They were two males and were semi-fighting by hitting each other with their horns.

Our final animal sighting was zebra on the way back to camp to gather our things and head out. After staying at such a swank camp it was really interesting to see Wil react to the constant service. Wil waited with me last night for about 20 minutes because he didn't want Lucky to have to walk him to our area and then walk me later. He couldn't believe the laundry service where we put our laundry in a bag in the morning and it was folded back in our room. We both burst out laughing asking how that was different than home for him?

Mala Mala is known as the best big game viewing in South Africa and it certainly lived up to that however I didn't realize how lucky we really were. When we were talking to guests arriving they were talking about how they have been to Mala Mala many times and have never seen a cheetah or a leopard etc. I had no idea we were spoiled with seeing everything there was to see. In the bar there is a board where you get points for what you see based on its prevelance such as a cheetah is 200 points (the most points) and a buffalo, 10 points. The funniest thing is it was written on the board Kobe 200 points for a Kobe Bryant sighting since he was such a wet blanket about being there with the unwashed masses.

Our last drive with Lucky was to the Mala Mala airstrip. Our little charter flight came in, we got a water out of a cooler and got on the 10 seater looking into the cockpit. While pulling up into the air we watched 3 giraffe eat nearby trees. The perfect last sighting while leaving the bush.

A short hour later we landed in Jo-burg, as the locals say. Wil needed a down afternoon so he opted to stay in the hotel room, play on the pc and watch tv. Peter and I headed into Johannesburg to the Apartheid Musuem which was sad and inspiring all at the same time. The real shock came on

our drive back to the hotel when our driver (our age) said to ask him anything about what we saw and I asked him about the 80's. His picture is in the museum as he was arrested as a 14yr old and tortured over 2 weeks. There were a couple of laws that got a lot of kids. 1. There was a curfew from 5:30pm-6:30am and if you were out and caught, you were arrested. 2. You were only allowed to walk with one other kid (or they thought you were conspiring to do bad things). Therefore if three or more kids were out they were arrested. I can't imagine that happening to Wil as he is 14yrs old.

This evening Peter and I went to the hotel bar and had the local beer and some jerky. (Bar snacks are interesting in other countries!) Wil came down later got a burger and we're preparing for our next day heading to Livingstone, Zambia tomorrow. It will be nice to sleep later than 6:30am but I will certainly miss the morning coffee service.

Posted by kshunter 11:46 Archived in South Africa Tagged family_travel

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You guys are having an amazing trip! Can't wait for more.. We are heading on the road to Florida tomorrow morning. I'm sure one of us will be bringing a laptop. Be safe travel safe. We miss you guys.

Milt

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