22nd to 25th December 2011
We headed off to Sun City pretty late as I needed to catch up on sleep, which I had been deprived of for some 40 hours.
Just outside Joburg we stopped at the Cradle of Humankind for about an hour and did a tour of Sterkfontein Caves where some of the most famous preserved fossils of early humans have been found. Examples include Mrs. Ples and Little Foot, the latter is still there in a vault behind bars and barbed wire, waiting on a particular Wits professor to pay him one of his monthly visits.
As it turns out, these particular caves were not home to Australopithecus as I had originally thought, the unfortunate ancestors, but also other kinds of animals, fell in through natural holes and died, to be discovered later. Little Foots is the oldest complete skeleton, with all his teeth and everything.
Here is a picture of backwards evolution for you, starting with Homo Sapiens on the left, Australopithecus probably Africanus in the middle and ending with the Homo Benjibus Rosmaniformis on the right.
After the caves we pushed on for Sun City as we wanted to arrive before sunset. With one little stop at a roadside biltong hut for freshly cut biltong, so juicy Im gonna dieee!!!
We arrived at Sun City at about 18h, checked into the room 2411 at Cabanas and headed to our hotel restaurant for our first meal of the day (and possibly the last one of the stay) with the exception of juicy juicy biltong. It was buffet style with the hugest selection. I was pretty much full after starters… tasty avo salads, giant mussels, cheeses, olives, fish, meats,… the spinach was one of the best Ive ever had and the butternut… ooh the butternut! It could easily be the highlight of Helle’s vegetarian parties!
After dinner we took the long walk of digestion to the entertainment center and checked out the arcade and the bridge of time before turning back due to rain. While wondering the interior of the building, we had a few close encounters of the feline variety. We wondered back hoping to get a cocktail or two at the pool bar in our hotel but it was closed and all we managed to get was one out of one available cocktails at the restaurant… the Long Island ice tea.
It turns out most places close fairly early so we decided to opt for early nights and early mornings and that way it should all work out fine.
Signing off in order to comply with early night decision. Back tomorrow!
We managed to get up relatively early today and went and profited from our free breakfast.
Then we headed out to the Water World lake and checked out some loaded parasailers and some tiny monkeys, pigmy goats, angry orange eyed owls and parrots.
Afterwards we went to check out some horses and the cultural village where they introduced us to eight indigenous tribes of South Africa. There was a dance performance, the guy sang about my boobs and at the end and I am a bit worried I might have been married off under some tribal custom which is now official…
As we were still pretty full of the free breakfast, we decided to skip lunch and go straight to profiting from our free entry to the Valley of Waves. After a slow ride around in tubes, where I was addressed in Afrikaans by a little girl and subsequently saved her freaked out sister / friend from a certain drowning (this was cool because I heard Benji speak Afrikaans) we headed straight for the wave pool. After a bit of agitated sea came a phase of tidal waves.
Than came the slides! Two tube slides, open and closed and two body slides open and closed. In the middle, the temple of courage! Viper, the open tube slide, was my personal favourite I think.
The aqua joy had left us exhausted so we dined on pizza and then went to the Sun City Hotel Harlequin Casino in search for cocktails, before turning in early as we had a game drive booked for 5h30 the next day…
Day three will go down in history as the Game Drive day. This is because we did two of them. One in the morning, in a game drive vehicle with a ranger, for which I was the only one dressed appropriately. Everyone else rocked up in their flippy floppies and a sleeveless top, which they regretted as soon as we headed off, and even more when it started raining. The open top safari truck was a pretty windy place to be but Kitteh, like a hood Edinburgh girl was clothed in four layers of warm stuff, a hood against the wind wanting to go right through her ears and winter boots! Oh yeah! Even Benji was a shrunken shivering heap of hair wrapped in a blanket that he stole from the cars seat.
The second drive was in the afternoon. We drove to the park ourselves and spent some 5 hours in there, in our car, with a map and biltong but lacking drinks and pens! It was awesome… Altogether we saw three out of the Big Five (elephants, lions and two types of rhinos), hippos, giraffes, zebras, warthogs, wildebeest, kudu, impalas, springboks, steenboks, tsessebe, baboons, ostriches, maribou storks and lots of other birds.
In between the two trips we went back to the horse riding place and took Benjis riding virginity with a half an hour game park ride, but not before I made him go down a massive, but unfortunately very slow, slide.