African Wine Country – I’ll Toast to That!

One of the most wine-filled days ever came in South Africa’s wine country outside of Cape Town. We hit four wineries and had both a wine-friendly lunch and dinner. So, we were feeling quite good upon the return to our hotel. Our trusty guide Graham gave all sorts of interesting insights not only into wine …

Back to Africa – In Cape Town

It’s been busy lately, and with our one-year Abu-versary done, it’s time to turn back to our adventures in South Africa. First up was our home base of Cape Town. We stayed in the V&A Waterfront, but that was merely a jumping off point to what was an amazing region. Here are a few highlights …

King of Kruger: The Lion

Out of all the Big 5 animals, we spent the most time with the lions, seeing them every day. They were easy to catch up with, as they had killed a buffalo a few days before our arrival and had gorged on it for days – leaving them stuffed and sleepy. We saw the whole …

Elusive Cat: The Leopard

The fourth of the Big 5 on the list was the leopard. These cats can be a bit hard to find, but with determination and savvy, our fearless leaders Greg and Dan spotted them on several occasions. What immediately struck us was how beautiful their coats were – shining in the African sun. While we …

Alive at Last: The Buffalo

The first time we saw the buffalo, it had been on the wrong end of the food chain thanks to a pack of lions (more pictures of that later). However, thanks to our amazing guides, we encountered the mighty buffalo alive and doing quite well on the following day. It happened during an early morning …

Nature’s Tank: The Rhino

It wasn’t too long into our first safari drive when we happened upon the 2nd member of the Big 5 – the rhinoceros. It was a mother and a youngster out munching on some grass. When they saw us, they were at first a bit nervous and kept their distance. A few days later, we …

Close Encounters: The Elephant

When we first decided to move to Abu Dhabi, our eyes glazed over at the long list of nearby places that we could visit. Places that would otherwise be a long and tiring journey from the U.S. We narrowed that list down to 3 major highlights, and last week, we were fortunate enough to be …