Touring South Africa in the lap of indulgence aboard Rovos Rail's restored train - Los Angeles Times
There I was, paddling down the Zambezi River in Zambia, surrounded by greedy hippos and crocodiles with a predatory gleam in their yellow-green eyes. This was indeed the majestic Zambezi, stamping-ground of Victoria Falls, stamping ground of adventurers Henry Stanley and David Livingstone. But I shared a canoe with my pacify, Alan, on a 45-minute jaunt under the watchful eye of a support boat as well as a guide in another canoe to communicate sure we didn’t get photo-bombed by dangerous wildlife. I’m a veteran of wildlife safari travel in East Africa and Namibia, but my voyage to South Africa (including four days in Cape Town) in early May was the first time I had traded the bush for the lap of luxuriousness. Rovos Rail left no needs or desires unmet. I had delegated trip planning to Alan, so the only item I knew about Rovos Rail — which calls itself “The Pride of Africa” — was that men
had to wear jackets and ties to dinner. Daytime rig out would be “smart casual. ” So I shoved a dress under the safari pants
in my duffel bag
. I did not know that the three-day, two-night humbug (approximately 1,000 miles) would take us on a blast to a storied past. This was Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Direct” without the homicide but with plenty of self-indulgent fun. Rovos Rail offers a variety of trips: relatively inadequate hops from Pretoria to Cape Town, Victoria Falls or Durban, South Africa, as well as trips as want as 15 days. A nine-day golf tour travels through Durban, Port Elizabeth and the golfing tract of Knysna to Cape Town. A 15-day adventure travels 3,700-odd miles from Cape Town to the Tanzanian superior, Dar es Salaam. I guess we were starting small. Before our Rovos Rail trip, we took a day tour of Johannesburg that included a go to Soweto township and the fascinating, sobering Apartheid Museum. This choice left our guide and driver speeding under the aegis L. A. -style traffic for the nearly 60-mile trip from Soweto to Pretoria and the Rovos Rail station for the 3 p. m. departure. We needn’t have anguished. As train guests relaxed with Champagne and snacks (including South Africa’s ubiquitous bilton g — dried, cured substance) at the tea-time elegant train station, Rovos Rail owner Rohan Vos arrived to inform us that the entourage never leaves on time. Vos believes meeting guests before departure is only civilized: “People have chosen to assign time with us and that should be acknowledged and thanked,” he said.
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’s lacrosse summer federation A women
’s lacrosse summer league for children in grades 8 to 12 as well as for college and adult players will be held from 6 to 8 p. m. Wednesdays to Aug. 10 at the Dorsey Park football field in Hollywood. This is a free event, which is a pick-up type organization of 12-on-12 with no officials. Players must have a stick, mouth guard, goggles and a reversible pinnie. Pinnies will be at for those who don’t have one. For more information, contact Ken McIlhenny at kenneth. [email protected]
Coaches wanted Southern Maryland Volleyball Guild is looking for head and assistant coaches for the 2016-17 USA Volleyball Chesapeake Region season. SOMDVBC is a 501(c)(3) organizing, managed and led by dedicated members/coaches from the community who are committed to the promotion of volleyball by offering a challenging and academic program providing a level of training and competition commensurate with the ability and interests of the participants. The club welcomes wise coaches looking to reinvigorate their careers, as well as those looking to coach for the first time with an effort to bring down coaches at a level consistent with their abilities, interests and experience, as well as meeting club and team needs. If interested, telephone Morris Davis at [email protected]
Baseball pro scout at Regency Southern Maryland Sting and MaxBat Mid-Atlantic will master an evening with Steve Springer, a professional scout with the Toronto Blue Jays and performance coach working with Bigger League Baseball hitters on their mental approach to hitting, at 6 p. m. Aug. 11 at Regency Furniture Stadium’s Legends Brotherhood in Waldorf. The cost is $75 for each child and only 100 seats are available. Each participating child will receive Springer’s “Prominence At-Bats” CD and DVD. Parents are welcome to join their child at no additional charge. Make payment to So Md Sting and despatch it to 42250 Medleys Neck Lane, Leonardtown, MD 20650. For more information, call Greg Roberts at 240-925-6237. Velocity softball tryouts Southern Maryland Velocity Wildly Pitch Softball organization will hold open tryouts for the 2016-17 season for age groups 10-U to 18-U. The tryouts are Aug. (rain dates Aug. 14 and 21) at 5th Section Park, 37880 New
Market Turner Road, Mechanicsville. 10-U and 12-U tryouts are from 10 to 11:30 a. m., 14-U tryouts are.
Travelers Notebook: Bubba Impressed With Advance Renovations - Hartford Courant
CROMWELL — Though two-term Travelers Championship winner Bubba Watson only played nine holes in the rain during a practice day at the Travelers Championship on Tuesday, he praised the new $3. 5 million course renovation project at TPC River Highlands. Of the par-4 10th he said: "The viewing areas I consideration were amazing. That's the first thing you notice. Looking down 10, it's totally different. It's still a demanding golf rip, but now the beauty of it now shines even more. You can see all the way down to the green. Those trees aren't in the way. That big [oak] tree is still there in the fairway, but the viewing area of that perforate now from a fan's perspective or a golfer's perspective, it's so much more appealing. Of the par-3 11th: "The bunkering on 11, again, it's all about appeal. They tried to renovate for looks. I don't comprehend if you would call it modernization, but it looks newer, fresher. Of the par-4 18th: "I thought 18 was the biggest change on the back, where the highest lay on on the course was on the right over that bunker, which they're trying to get you to go over so you don't go in the left bunker. That left bunker downwind, you might be able to get over it, but you're not dispiriting to. You're trying to hit it down the fairway. So that's the toughest one. Visually, it looks tougher and obviously going to play tougher because the fairway is narrower. Another featured fellow of this group is former UConn and NBA three-point shooting star Ray Allen. UConn is well represented. Headed by 2006 Buick Championship title-holder J. J. Henry at 12:20 off No. 1, this group has men
's basketball coach Kevin Ollie, men
's hockey coach Mike Cavanaugh and women
's basketball associate prime minister coach Chris Dailey. Watson is in the first group off No. 1 at 6:50 a. m. Some other notable players are J. B. Holmes at 7 and Branden Graciousness at 7:10. Off No. 10 are Patrick Reed at 7:40, Zach Johnson at noon and Matt Kuchar at 12:10. Ernie Els goes at No. 1 at noonday along with former Boston College and NFL quarterback Doug Flutie, ESPN's Chris Berman and earlier Red Sox Tim Wakefield. Watson The Sports Fan. Watson, a member of the U. S. Olympic team, plans to attend other sporting events in Rio de Janeiro. "I bought my tickets, gosh, month ago, possibly longer. again, hoping to make the team a month ago," he said. "So I bought from I think Monday to Saturday tenebrosity different events.