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MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA

MAXDOG's CHRISTMAS TRIBUTE

Sunday, November 8, 2009

MAXDOG'S SUNDAY TOUR

mmmWOOF!
GREETINGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA!
MAXDOG here...

Hello there every furry body! Today is Sunday and should be a day of relaxation, so I thought I'd put on my "MAX THE TOUR GUIDE" hat and take you all on a whirlwind tour of a small part of SOUTH AFRICA. I know that some of you are experiencing icy/snowy weather in the Northern hemisphere, so I thought I'd bring some sunshine into your Sunday...

Today we will be paying a "cyber-visit" to the LOWVELD of South Africa. This is the far north/eastern part of South Africa - a hot, tropical area - set along the northern escarpment. This is the place with which my Mom is very familiar , since it is where she spent her childhood.

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Okay here we go.....

After collecting you all (my special visitors!) from our main international airport, in Johannesburg, we have travelled in our bus for 4 hours in a northerly direction. We have left the city behind us and have stopped to look at the view of the lowveld from a lookout point along the escarpment...

The buildings in the forground are a roadside lodge where you can stay if you so desire. But we have lots to see and I want to take you to look at the waterfall close by - Debegeni waterfall in Magoebaskloof. You may swim here if you wish, but mind the rocks...they are really slippery!




We leave our waterfall behind and drive a short distance. There are tea plantations all around us. Yes, South Africa does produce a range of tea types. This is the SAPEKOE tea estate...


Well, we have to stop here - for tea of course - and I know of the perfect little tea garden with a magnificent view...

After tea, we travel into the start of the lowveld (meaning low lying area), where we see our first signs of it's tropical paradise - Banana plantations!!! The blue bags are there to cover the bananas and protect them from insects...


Look at the view across the banana plantations towards the Northern Drakensberg mountains.



Well, I just have to take you past my Mom's old farm (next picture). This is where she spent a lot of her childhood... The old farm house is somewhere amidst the dense bush.

...and I have to take you to see the famous Baobab tree - near the old farm. This tree is the LARGEST BAOBAB TREE in the world. It is thousands of years old and has a circumference of 47 m around the base of its trunk. The tree has two hollow chambers inside - one a bar and the other a cellar - so we can stop here for a rest as well as to cool off from the seering heat.



Then we are off....
After another 2 hours drive we enter the
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK.
Here you can view all our wild animals in their natural setting. It is a really big park - about as big as Israel, so I think we should spend a couple of days here to take it all in...

After our visit to the KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, we make our way back up the eastern escarpment to experience the treasures of Mpumalanga...

There are MANY waterfalls to visit! Here is one...


If you like we can stop at PILGRIMS REST - a tiny little town and national monument. It was the first place where gold was discovered in this area. The whole town has been preserved as a tourist site. It is quaint and beautiful. You may pan for gold there too in the little stream adjacent to the town. No visit to this town is complete without stopping for a drink on the varandah of the Pilgrims Rest hotel. You can also send a postcard home from here - I dont think there are any internet cafes.
PILGRIMS REST....

We leave PILGRIMS REST and make our way to the SUDWALA CAVES. They are quite amazing geological structures complete with stalagtites and stalagmites. This is one of the main formations inside the caves...



Near the caves are the "Three Rondavels" and the "Blyde River Canyon"...

Near the Canyon are the "Potholes" . These are geological structures which have been shaped by the river's strong whirling currents. If you look carefully you can see fish in the water...

We can stop over again here and enjoy the hospitality of one of the many "Bed & Breakfast" establishments or hotel facilities in the area.
Then if you are keen, I can take you on one of the many hikes in the area...


Our whirlwind cyber-tour is at an end for today. The sun is setting and it really is time for a sundowner. Enjoy the sunset...

Hope you enjoyed my Sunday Tour!
Lotsalicks
MAXDOG - YOUR TOURGUIDE

33 comments:

The Thundering Herd said...

Wow - that is a lot of touring for a Sunday morning, but it is very beautiful. Would love to go exploring with you through those areas.

Barb said...

Thank you Max, for a wonderful tour. It has been many years since I visited that area so it was very nostalgic for me to see all the familiar sites. Lots of pats and hugs for you as well as all the members of your family. Love Barb

Heather and Ellie said...

Wow Max!! What a wonderful and beautiful tour! Thanks so much. My favorites were the Baobab tree and the potholes with the fishies.

Heather and Ellie

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Tank woo fur the pawesome tour!

I khould make bonesikhles fur all with the bananas from the trees!

Happy Sunday!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

KB said...

Thank you for the tour. I love the waterfalls, and the river canyon near the end. What a change for you, from growing up on that farm to the city! What a beautiful country.

You mentioned Max and 'playing dead' in a comment on my blog. Interestingly, my dog K is not a dominant dog at all, and I've never been able to convince her to 'play dead' except when it's only her and me in the room. Anyone else in the vicinity, and forget it!

Andrea said...

Thanks, Max! It is a bit chilly here in Virginia, today.
Woofs and Wags,
Sitka

BRUTUS said...

How luck you are to live in such a beautiful place - it looks truly magical! We especially loved the waterfall and Rhino! We worry about hitting a deer if it gets onto a highway - does that ever happen with Rhinos? I bet the rhino would "win" though, unlike the deer (we see many this time of year, it's rutting season up here by the Great Lakes).

Thanks for sharing!

Snorts-
Brutus the Frenchie

Maggie and Mitch said...

What beautiful pictures! It's a very pretty spot! Mom is amazed that the Baobab tree!
Thank you for the Sunday tour, Max!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Paco,Milo, Maya and mommy Simona said...

HEY MAX and Mommy!!!!!!!!!!
We're back and we missed you a lot!!!!
How are you guys????
What a great tour....Awwwwwwwww....you live in a beautiful place...thanks for taking us along with you...
You're soooooooooooooo special!!!!
Maybe one day we could meet in SA!!!!
WOWOWOOOOOOOO!!!
We love all your pics....we're feeling like we were there with you!!!!
Thanks for didn't forget us!!!!
You're very special friends for us!!!
WE LOVE OU TONS!!!!!!!!!!!
Sweet kisses and licks!!!
SMACKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!

Benny and Lily said...

Thank you tour guide Max we loved our sightseeing trip and beautiful pictures
Benny & Lily

Martha and Bailey said...

Amazing pictures, our mum has always wanted to visit South Africa - even more since we have been reading your blog.
Thanks for the tour Max.
love
Martha & Bailey xxx

The OP Pack said...

Max, that was a wonderful tour. Thank you so much for sharing more of your part of the world. Mom loves tea so she was especially appreciative of the tea break. That waterfall looked very inviting and what a huge baobab tree, almost looked like one could live inside it.

Great fun with you again.

woos, the OP Pack

Anya said...

Thanks
for the very interesting tour :)))
Its so wonderful nature there
I wish i could see it with my one eyes !!!
Your photo's are UNIQUE :))
My compliments !!!
Hugs to Max from
Kareltje =^.^=

caboval said...

Hi Max! Thank you for that lovely tour! My favorite was the water where you could see the fish! Awesome! Hugs Joey and Kealani

Pam said...

Thanks for that tour Max. I was in Pilgrims Rest and at the Potholes and Three Rondavels at the beginning of the year so it was nice to see it again through your eyes. Thanks for the lovely tour.

Hugs, Pam

Thor said...

Thanks for the wonderful tour, Max!
Gorgeous pictures and pawsome sceneries!
xoxo
Thor

Hamish Westie said...

Hi Max
Just what I needed - a break from frosty Aberdeen. And such an interesting tour. Gail especially likes the geology bit. I was interested in the tea plantation. Who knew that tea didn't just spontaneously appear in teapots? I was wondering if there might be a scone plantation alongside, but Gail says that is really stupid..
Cheers, H.

Brindusa said...

Super trip. I've almost been there too, through your wonderful pictures. Very beautiful country. Nice to see the banana plantation and the tee one. Interesting, never saw that before. And the baobab tree...speechless. Lucky guy you.

Deborah said...

WOW, that so much fun! I love your tours! You live in such a beautiful part of the world! I tell my family at dinner time about your blog. So. Africa is so beautiful! Thank you Max and tell your Mom I said thank you also!
Have fun!

Hero said...

Thanks for that tour, Max! I never get over how beautiful Africa is. My mom really loved all the waterfall pictures. She grew up seeing so many of them in Iceland, but we don't have any on my island. I wonder if they have any in Maryland? If they do they probably won't be as massive or beautiful as the ones you have where you live.

Lorenza said...

Hi, Max!
Thanks for the tour!
Your country is beautiful!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

The Army of Four said...

Wow! Great tour, Max!!! We loved the pictures! I like that Rhino a lot!
Play bows,
Zim

Tanuki Maxx said...

Hi Max! Wow, feels like we're there! Kool tour! Mommy luvs the water falls pics and hopes to make it to your beautiful country one day.(dont know if it includes me along!)
Thanks for a super sunday tour!

Cheers,
Maxx & Mommy

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Woooos! What an awesome tour guide woo are Max!!!! I loved the rhino and Mom liked the waterfalls. BeaWootiful! Thanks for sharing these great places.
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Jan Mader said...

You are an amazing tour guide. I wish we could all explore (for real) with you!

Thanks you so much!

TwoSpecialWires said...

It was a lovely tour. In a lovely country. Led by a lovely family. We enjoyed it a lot.

Thank you.
Jake and Fergi xxoo

Tweedles -- that's me... said...

Thank you for the tour of your wonderful land that you live in!
love
tweedles

chicamom85 said...

Max you are the best tour guide! My Mommy is afraid to fly, so she will probably never be able to come and visit you. Thank you for letting us see your beautiful country through your eyes. I am exhausted after that full day and I will sleep good tonight.

licks and sniffs, Sasha

Dog By Nature said...

Hi Max,

Thanks for the fabulous virtual tour! We sure hope we can see all that in person some day. Have a GReat week!

Anne-Kathrine said...

Awesome tour!!

Emma said...

Gorgeous places and a wonderful tour guide! The best there is :)

Love the places, thank you for sharing such amazing landscapes.

ocmist said...

What beautiful country! I'd heard about that big old tree because Mom loves trees and she also loved the waterfalls. This was such an interesting tour and we want to thank you so much for hosting it for us! I'll bet there are hundereds of interesting sniffs in all those wonderful places you shared! OC

Joy said...

Your area is beautiful! Thank you for being my tour guide, Max Dog.