South Africa

It was very, very cold the day I arrived. With the stormy wind and the rain I felt like having arrived in stormy autumn Holland.

With a blanket cover against the cold drinking a cup of coffee after a church cell group meeting in the church that Louis and Erna Tolkamp attend.

With a blanket cover against the cold drinking a cup of coffee after a church cell group meeting in the church that Louis and Erna Tolkamp attend.

But no, the next day it was nice and sunny and I could sit in the garden of my friends to relax in the sun. And ever since we have had very nice weather. Although in the house in the evenings it is cold and I am wearing my sweater.

Friday I went with Erna Tolkamp to Tsitsikamma National Park where we had a climb to the suspension bridges and had some good views on the Indian Ocean.

High waves of the Indian Ocean

High waves of the Indian Ocean

A calmer Indian Ocean

A calmer Indian Ocean

 

One of the suspension bridges seen from afar

One of the suspension bridges seen from afar

The three suspension bridges

The three suspension bridges

Canoes in the waves

Canoes in the waves

The waves are too high for one of the canoes.

The waves are too high for one of the canoes.

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Erna Tolkamp on one of the suspension bridges

High waves

Southern boubou

Southern boubou

Rock hyrax

Rock hyrax

Two rock hyraxes. And later there were even more.

Two rock hyraxes. And later there were even more.

High waves

High waves

A big bull elephant

Saturday was another great day. Addo Elephant National Park. We saw a lot of elephants with a lot of babies as well. And some other animals.

Protected by his family

Protected by his family

Another cute little baby

Another cute little baby

One tiny baby

One tiny baby

One big bull elephant

One big bull elephant

Secretary bird

Secretary bird

Hadada ibis, a very noisy bird

Hadada ibis, a very noisy bird

Unknown black bird

Unknown black bird

Kudu female

Kudu female

This is funny. Marsh turtles sticking their heads out of the water to face the sun

This is funny. Marsh turtles sticking their heads out of the water to face the sun

A land tortoise

A land tortoise

A meerkat on the lookout

A meerkat on the lookout

Zebra

Another zebra

Bushpig

Bushpig

Fleeing...

Fleeing…

...this big guy

…for this big guy

Sunday afternoon was for a walk on the beach of Jeffreys Bay.

This 9 year old had captured a 13-15kg fish with the help of his father

This 9 year old had captured a 13-15kg fish with the help of his father

Monday I went with Louis Tolkamp to Hankey, to see the biggest sundial in South Africa, enjoy the view and a walk to a small waterfall.

Donkeys in Hankey

Donkeys in Hankey

Louis enjoying the view on Hankey

Louis enjoying the view on Hankey

The view on Hankey

The view on Hankey

The sundial

The sundial

The sundial a bit closer

The sundial a bit closer

During our walk to the waterfall

During our walk to the waterfall

Funny sight on our walk back. 50-60 crickets all walking the same direction.

Funny sight on our walk back. 50-60 crickets all walking the same direction.

Yesterday and this morning was more community work. Yesterday I visited the Joshua Project where Louis and Erna work. They were starting a new project, gardening. And all the boys, and two girls, who come to the project in the morning were given a very small plot where they will plant some of their own food.

The boys started working straight away

The boys started working straight away

One boy had a chameleon

One boy had a chameleon

And this morning I went with people of one of the churches in Jeffreys Bay to hand out food parcels in the township.

Jeffreys Bay township

Jeffreys Bay township

 

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