Waiting for our very long flight back to the United States

This is not our flight, nor even our airline. However, it is at O. R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, where we’re waiting for our very long flight back to the United States. We should begin boarding in about a half-hour. Expect radio silence at least until Sunday morning, Atlanta time.

Maropeng Visitor Center, the Cradle of Humankind

Yesterday we ventured about an hour’s drive from Johannesburg to visit the Maropeng Visitor Center, part of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site where some of the earliest human remains have been discovered. The visitor center tells the story of the evolution of human beings through interpretive and interactive displays, a short indoor boat … Continue reading Maropeng Visitor Center, the Cradle of Humankind

A trip to the barber shop in Johannesburg

Yesterday was a relatively relaxing day here in Johannesburg. Around mid-morning Kathryn and I ventured out to get me a haircut and shave. I had gotten a haircut shortly before leaving for South Africa, but three weeks of normal hair growth, combined with a bit too much hair left in front, had left me unhappy … Continue reading A trip to the barber shop in Johannesburg

The drive back to Johannesburg from Kruger National Park

Yesterday we made the drive back to Johannesburg from the Lower Sabie camp in Kruger National Park. We had entered the park at Orpen Gate but left via Crocodile Gate, near the southern end of the park, not far from the border of Mozambique. It took us nearly an hour to get out of the … Continue reading The drive back to Johannesburg from Kruger National Park

Arrival in Johannesburg, dinner of pizza and wine

We arrived in Johannesburg late yesterday afternoon. After fetching our bags, we rode the spotless Gautrain light rail to the stop closest to our hosts’ home, then took an Uber van the last few miles. We had a lovely dinner out at a nearby pizza place, accompanied by another sauvignon blanc we happened to have … Continue reading Arrival in Johannesburg, dinner of pizza and wine

Arrived in Johannesburg

We’re safely on the ground in Johannesburg, in the departure area for our onward flight to Cape Town. The flight was long. We left Atlanta an hour late, and I’m convinced three-quarters of our fellow passengers had never been on an airplane before. The “fasten seat belt” sign was on for nearly half the fifteen-hour … Continue reading Arrived in Johannesburg