Some of the sights we see driving in Lagos consist of streets filled with potholes, the poor condition of the apartments that many unfortunately must live in, the murky water of the Lagoon that runs between Victoria Island and Ikoyi, and occasionally the oil rigs that line the harbor. Lagos is a city with millions of people. Everyday the streets are lined with people, some trying to catch a bus, others selling their goods. Though not shown here, many of those vending on the streets carry their goods on their head. We have seen people selling nuts, loaves of bread, small pastries, and even homemade medicines and herbs, and all of them walk around with their goods on their head, selling to passersby.
On one of our many family adventures we set out to explore the very small country within a country, Swaziland. It is located in the southeastern part of the country of South Africa. It has many traditional events that happen, the Reed Dance in March being one of the most well-known. However, we chose to visit when things would be calmer and were not disappointed at all. The adventure begins when you get to the border guards. You get out of the car, get in a line, wait, wait, then have to finally show passports. Then, get in the car, go through another gate lock down, get out of the car, wait in line, wait, wait…then do the same thing again now that you get into Swaziland. Just make sure you don’t have a child that has to use the bathroom, because, this is difficult and remember, it is also a bit remote…facilities are “rustic”. However, the beauty and serenity of the fertile lands and farms against the backdrop of magnicifent mountains was quite breathtaking. We had beautiful weather, sunny, warm and warmer. We wanted to stay forever.
One of our main goals was to visit the famous Swaziland Candle Factory. The candles are all hand made, and and you can sit for hours and watch the quick and deft fingers of craftsmen shape the hot wax to exactly anything really. We saw hippos being formed, elephants and wildebeest and many other typical African game animals. I wish we had better pictures but here are a few of the amazing things they created.
If you can ever get there, do it!
Whale watching in South Africa is a must for anyone who even remotely loves ocean life. We are a homeschooling family and for one of our field trips spent several days in Cape Town and especially in Hermanus during the whale migration and were not disappointed. To have the opportunity to watch them up close and personal proved to be better than any documentary you’ll watch on tv. The Southern Right Whale migrates to this area every October to November, giving birth in the warmer waters before heading south again.
If you are interested in any of our fabulous wildlife videos for your own personal homeschool education to show your kids from “real” people and not just the tv shows – we would love to share. We have whale videos, Kruger National Park wild animals, live lions, videos of elephants that surrounded our broken down car in the Addo Elephant Park, South Africa, lots of monkeys from the Monkey Preserve and the cutest penguins from the Penguin sanctuary in Cape Town and Boulder Beach where the African penguins live.
Watch for more to come!