In early 2011, Sue popped in on a friend (Caro) ... who lives in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. They had a great time, with the best sightings you could ever ask for.
The rooms at Mahale were secluded, but easily confused. We had the penultimate 'Banda' and the honeymoon couple had the last one.
In Tanzania we enjoyed a string of great views, including from many of the toilets!
On our third day in the Mahale Mountains in Tanzania, we walked all the way up into the mountains to seek out the main group of Chimps. It was about 5 hours of hard walking & scrambling, and so over 6 hours for the round trip.
The “Trackers” on South African safaris sit on the front of the vehicle to spot animal tracks and direct the “Ranger”, who drives the jeep and talks to the guests. At night, the tracker shines a bright lamp, with a red filter so as not to harm the animals’ night vision if they are caught in the beam.
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Our Expedition Leader in the Arctic was excellent, and sounded just like Captain Kirk each morning. He had a deliberate style, deep resonating voice, and simple phrasing, for instance "Good morning. It's 7:30am. The weather is partly cloudy; and the temperature: 7 degrees".
In South Georgia we had a perfectly still evening for a kayak trip around the bay, with beautiful light as the sun set.
We have cycled London to Brighton several times for the British Heart Foundation. Sometimes we did it quickly (for instance, so that Eamonn and Jenny could see the Ireland match in Euro 2004) and sometimes slowly (supporting Bruce’s friend Claire, who made a terrific effort on a baking hot day).
It was fantastic to take part in the Great North Run with so many other runners (they accept 56,000 entries, which is less than half of the applicants).