Wow, still doesn't quite seem real that I'm going away, but this time tomorrow I'll be halfway on my flight to Johannesburg! I've already checked in in fact, and managed to get what I think is probably the best seat on the plane (in economy)! Front row by an exit, so plenty of leg room and nobody to have to climb over or to climb over me. I'm actually almost packed, except for packing hand luggage in my bag and sorting out all those last minute bits and pieces like making sure I have photocopies of important documents etc. Am very impressed that I'm well under the weight limit for the 1 bag I'm allowed on the flight - plenty of space to bring back souvenirs!
I'm so excited about what we've got planned for my first couple of weeks away. Lots of exciting things to do in South Africa, so Suz and I are going to hire a car to be able to be quite flexible about where we go and how long we spend in places. As well as the highlight of the trip - a few days in Kruger National Park - we're also hoping to fit in a lot of other attractions, including a visit to the Cradle of Humankind (www.cradleofhumankind.co.za); Lion Park, where it's possible to interact with lion cubs and feed a giraffe from a platform; and Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world.
The fun doesn't stop once we've left South Africa either! After arriving in Christchurch on the morning of the 23rd October (Happy Birthday Mum!) we're booked into a cabin in Hanmer that night ready for a 2 day rafting trip on the 24th/25th. Better hope I don't suffer from jet-lag too badly!
Right, time for me to get some sleep. Catch up with you all soon from somewhere a little bit more exciting than Warminster