Our beautiful B&B in South Africa was truly an oasis.

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The South African accent makes everything sound so charming…even the signage.

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Some South African school children allowed me to snap their picture.

They told their teacher I was “a very kind American lady.”

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Our host took us to the South African Voortrekker Museum which tells the story of the history of South Africa and the Africaner settlers.

I was impressed with this statue as you entered the museum that pays honor to the strength and courage of women who made the strenuous and dangerous trek to a new land.

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This wall of tapestry told the story of the Great Trek to settle South Africa.

Nine women worked for eight years to complete the fifteen scenes that contains

over 3 million stitches. It was an incredible and moving sight!

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We took a fun trip to Chameleon Village where native wares were plentiful.

Fun shopping!

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I found South Africa to be a most diverse country in every way.

I hope to visit again one day and explore its wonders more thoroughly!

┬ęBrenda Pace 2012

from the book Women Travelers

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The African adventure continued…

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The sleepy lion cubs were so cute and innocent.

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The full grown lion is not cute and innocent, but majestic and powerful!

Truly an amazing sight. We had the opportunity to watch the lions feed.

This guy was an ALPHA male!

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This zebra wanted to get up close and personal.

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Amazing and beautiful! The giraffe is truly a gentle giant.

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On a ride through a game reserve I

spotted a water buffalo–one of the African Big 5 Game

(elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and water buffalo).

We saw 3 out of the 5.

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The ostrich–proof that God has a sense of humor.

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My brave husband!

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I did! I went on a GREAT adventure!

The chaplain and I began the month of March in South Africa. I took hundreds of photos and over the next few days I’ll post a few highlights from the trip. This trip served to whet my appetite to return and see more of this beautiful and diverse country.

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Elephant footprints with factoids welcomed us in the airport.

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The skull of an African elephant was proof that

“The African elephant has the largest brain in the animal kingdom.”

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I used the quick drop method to feed this big guy.

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IWalking with this giant fellow was completely out of my comfort zone–but I did it!!!

┬ęBrenda Pace 2012