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Sam, Katy, and Noggs in Africa

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Mzanzi fo sho

Greetings from South Africa!  Russell, my PhD supervisor and now our boss, very kindly picked us up at 4:00 am to drive us to Newcastle Airport, and sixteen hours later we landed in Johannesburg.  I managed to get all my things through without having to pay excess baggage, although i did get asked some slightly unusual questions at security (“How many pairs of trousers are you wearing, Sir?”)


We stopped over in Joburg and drove up to the Soutpansberg mountains the following morning, only stopping to buy essentials (biltong, boerewors, beer, Amarula) in Polokwane.


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Biltong & droewors: meat’s delicious leap towards immortality.


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Approaching the Soutpansberg mountains.


We eventually arrived at the end of the tar road, and were taken up the mountain in a 4 wheel drive bakkie.  We were greeted by Vivien, who did a great job of handing over the project to us and introducing us to everyone at Lajuma, before we settled into our new home. 


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Katy on the porch of our new solar powered tent.


So far we have seen samango monkeys, vervet monkeys, a greater bushbaby (eating banana in our garden!), red duiker, kudu, yellow billed hornbills and crested guinea fowl, not a bad start at all!


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We’re heading out the door at this ungodly hour (4:00 am).  I’m wearing all my heavy (hot!) clothes so they don’t take up my luggage allowance.  Three pairs of trousers, 2 shirts, 2 jumpers, coat, hat, and 5 books in my pockets.  Its going to be one sweaty flight!


Shots for breakfast – that’s how we roll!


See you in South Africa!


Hello world!

Salibonani! Whether you have made it here on purpose or through the random cogs of a search engine, welcome! This blog is about Sam and Katy’s adventures living up a mountain in South Africa. Amongst other exciting things, it will feature adventure beyond compare, squid legs from Ocean’s Basket, 4 x 4s, haubles of wildlife…

carnivore poo, killer spiders and snakes, sunshine, cultural experiences…

leopards and fantastic science…

lots of monkeys, biltong, love, witchcraft…

mist, travel and potholes the size of swimming pools.

To find out about us please click on the about us page.

The exploits kick off on June 27th 2011 so come back soon to find out about our journey from Durham, UK to the Soutpansberg Mountains in South Africa.