Out of Africa Kicking and Screaming
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Day 16 - Departing South Africa
The long dreaded day has arrived. I'm not sure if it was the flights coming up or the fact that we were leaving South Africa and the wonderful people we met here and the great time we've had.
We went upstairs to say our goodbyes to Ona and Hennie and it honestly felt like we were leaving family. They have been such wonderful hosts, guides and friends for the past seven days we've been here and the past year we've been communicating.
Load the van, and hugs and kisses later, we were off to the airport. Cape Town is a beautiful city. Cape Town airport, at this time, leaves a lot to be desired. In defense of the airport, it is under major renovation for 2010 and they appear to be doing their best to make it usable in the condition it is in. Enough said on that subject.
OK we're booked on Kalula Alrlines, https://www.kulula-air.com, for the 2 hour hop to Jo'burg and O.R. Tambo airport. They are a regional, discount airline with a great reputation. The lady at the check-in gave us a word of advice; we were told to remove and cameras, computers, etc from our suitcases and make sure we put them in carry-on. While there is always a concern for crime we never saw it nor did we have any issues with our suitcases being open.
We were met at the aircraft door by "THE BOSS" or so her nametag proclaimed. When I asked about the pilot she informed me that they work for her and they just nodded appropriately. Yo asked where she could get a tag like that. Now to this airline; clean, on time and the staff is very personable. We were told upon arrival at Jo'burg that "they appreciated us flying with them, not really but they did appreciate our money" and "please make sure you do not leave anything unless it is valuable" and "do not leave children or husbands". The FAA would have a fit. The do provide an in-flight magazine. You can tell the people reading it by the giggles during the flight. Now that is friendly skies.
The flight home was uneventful, just long but we did get home.