What a long weekend

Nelspruit Travel Blog

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        It's currently about 10.48 pm and I’m writing before I go to bed. We arrived in South Africa at eight something am and the first thing we did was stand in a long line for passport control. I think there were several tour groups on our flight and another flight from Heathrow, which is why the line was so bloody long.  While we were in Ghana, two ladies traveling together noticed that we were headed for Kruger National Park. Apparently, they had both been to Kruger multiple times and one of the ladies was actually from South Africa. They were really nice though, and they gave us tips on what to see and whatnot. They were originally from San Jose, but they had just completed a trip to Alaska. That’s insane as far as time spent traveling goes. Anyways, we got through passport control relatively quickly and we snatched our first three bags (we have five total for the four of us) practically one after the other off the conveyer belt. It took ages for our last two bags to show up though. Unfortunately, TSA (the US baggage checking group) had broken the zipper on one of our bags and so there was TSA tape wrapped all around the bottom of it (our other bag happened to be with it for some reason). Then, right off the bat while we were trying to find the car rental place, some guy tried to lead us to some parking lot where they could steal our luggage. We were only supposed to trust the guys in orange, but it was hard to get away from those other guys.  It was a rather interesting start to our vacation. Since then, our trip has been rather uneventful. We saw ostriches along the drive (which I mostly slept through) and water buffalo from our hotel next to Kruger Park. The highlight of today was seeing the outer rim of the Milky Way while standing next to the hotel pool. Dinner was an amazing buffet held outdoors.

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