Happy 4th Birthday 


Cannot believe how time has FLOWN because in the meantime .... Richard and Ricki are another beautiful son richer and Joshua Jack has a lovely little brother


Congratulations to a Beautiful Family!!


First Family Christmas with Joshua...


Richard, Ricki & Joshua Jack
May you enjoy a Blessed & Joyful
1st Christmas
Together as a Family


Joshua Jack

Joshua Jack Bezuidenhout

Richard & Ricki's little Pride & Joy !!


Fan Frenzy !!!!!

An innocent neighbourhood walk gets a bit crazy
Fan Frenzy For Sure !!!!!

We can spot Joshua Jack but can you spot Richi

Happy 1st Day of Spring !!!!


Happy Birthday Richard & Ricki !!!!

Daddy & Precious Son

Happy Birthday to you Richard for the 10th of August !!!

Happy Belated Birthday Ricki ... for the 26th August.
It must have been your best ever with you and Richi celebrating with your precious first born child!!!!!

God bless this wonderful family



Welcome Joshua Jack Bezuidenhout !!!!

Congratulations Richard & Ricki on becoming Proud Parents

to the very Precious

Joshua Jack Bezuidenhout

Born 11 July 2009

Proud Daddy

Groovy Baby 4Sure !!!!

Pretty as a Picture

What a Beautiful Family
May you be Blessed with many Years of Happiness & Good Health

The meaning of the name Joshua is




Richard preparing for the arrival of his & Ricki's 1st born ....

Exciting times as Richard & Ricki make preparations

for the arrival of their

precious 1st born

"A new baby is like the beginning of all things

wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities."

Eda J. Le Shan

"Making the decision to have a child - it's momentous.

It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body."

Elizabeth Stone



It's the Day of Love & Red Roses .....

Happy Valentine's Day Richard & Ricki

Love knows no limit to it's endurance
No end to its trust
No fading of its hope;
It can outlast anything.
Love still stands when
All else has fallen.
Corinthians 13:7-8





It's Official !!!!

Richard & Ricki are expecting their 1st born this year!!!!
The good news was officially announced by Richard on FaceBook & his Website

"Happy New Year to everyone

Good news

"My wife is three months pregnant. I'm excited I'm gonna be a father soon."


This is wonderful New Year News


A Personal Message from Richard's Website Blog
Good News!
Last year was quite hectic but I am glad my wife and I made it through strongly.
I'm even more glad about how we ended the year, here in Canada, with nice weather, a loving family and I finally got to see where Ricki grew up.
What a way to end a year, full of happiness.
Anyhow, already I'm sure my new year is going to be very nice whatever may come my way because ...
I am going to be a father. My wife is three months pregnant and it's already a good feeling for me, therefore I cannot imagine how good it is going to feel to hold my child for the first time.
As you can see in the picture, I met my niece and nephew for the first time and got a taste of having children around.
To all of you to have stood by me in 2008, a big thank you!
Thank you for believing in me and giving me so much support. I hope we will continue to be friends in 2009 and beyond.
Happy New Year!
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Christmas in Canada -

Richard & Ricki on Holiday in Canada


Ricki was going home to Canada for Christmas and she was taking Richard to see where she grew up.
No doubt it would be exciting for both of them !!!!
Ricki going home to visit with her famly & Richard to meet them and of course to experience a


Richi toboganning ..... Cool Runnings !!!!

From +31 degrees Heat in Dar es Salaam to the freezing -31 degrees in Canada

But it looks like Richard loves it !!!!

SO MUCH CLOTHING to keep WARM from the -31 deg TEMPERATURES !!!!!

It all looks like so much fun !!!!

Richard the Snow Angel - shovelling the snow




Happy 2009 !!!

Happy New Year

Richard & Ricki


We know there will be much to celebrate this wonderful year !!!

May you be richly Blessed with Happiness & Good Health


May all your Dreams be fullfilled this New Year !!



Season's Greetings -


I bet you thought I dissapeared.

I have been very busy. Sorry about that.

I have got some good news and bad news.

First the bad news is that our laptop was stolen and all of my pictures and website files were on there. I had stories to put up and pictures of all my latest projects. I will not have time to get all of that written again and all of the pictures collected again before Christmas.

There is a lot of good news.

In the last two months, I finished my contract as Assistant Director on the Wahapahapa music video project.

I did a screening of my documentary on albinos to other experienced directors and then improved on it.

We (me, Mwisho and Latoya) are in Bang! Magazine this month and on the cover.

Also, the movie I did with Kanumba and Wema is out. It is called Family Tears: Bad Intentions and they are selling it everywhere in TZ. I don't know how you guys in other countries can get it but I will ask the director.

Also, me and Ricki are going to Canada to visit family in Edmonton at Christmas. I guess I am going to be really cold.

I promise to put up pictures at least here on my blog until I get get my website programmes and files back.

To all of you who have stuck by me and patiently waited for updates


You have been very understanding.

When I get messages and emails from fans or meet you on the street it makes my day. Especially one year later and I still get so much support.

I am very lucky.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for 2009 everybody!



A White Christmas for Richiki -

Canada here we Come !!!


Richard & Ricki will be spending Christmas in Canada where Richard will be seeing real snow for the 1st time in his life.

Ricki and her Mum and family want to get Richard to do all the fun things associated with snow ... like wearing a snow suit, shovelling snow, building snowmen etc etc ....

Hopefully he gets to try some sking and if that's too difficult ... tobogganing



Have fun guys & don't forget to bring back photos to show us all


~ Have a Merry & Blessed White Christmas ~



Follow your Dream !!!

Neill's dream to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania


"The man who succeeds above his fellows

is the one who early in life clearly discerns his object,

and towards that object habitually directs his powers."

Earl Nightingale

Mt Kilimanjaro - the highest mountain in Africa


That is what he did !!!


Enjoy the journey with Neill & Roger - a friend & work colleague from

The Island Gurnsey - UK

Guess where I am going ....????

A final cheeky / excited pose for Mum sporting his

Cape Town to Kilimanjaro T-shirt

A final Au Revoir at OR Tambo Airport - Johannesburg

before Neill & Roger fly off to Tanzania to embark on their

Mt Kilimanjaro Climbing Adventure

Richard & Ricki welcomed & hosted Neill & Roger in Dar es Salaam where they kindly introduced them to the local foods and drinks. One being the Kilimanjaro Beer which was most appropriate seeing that their Kilimanjaro Adventure was about to start in two days time.

Thanks so much Richard and Ricki ... you are just a fabulous couple !!

After a great time spent with Richard & Ricki ... Neill & Roger took a bus from Dar es Salaam to Moshi.

This was far better than flying as they saw so much more of the scenery of Tanzania enroute ... & also got to meet local Tanzanians travelling with them

Springlands Hotel near Moshi in Tanzania

This is the Zara International base for mountain walking trips and safaris to Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and other wilderness areas in Northern Tanzania.

The modern hotel located on the southern slopes of Kilimanjaro has a large and modern swimming pool, airy dining area set in pleasant gardens and indoor and outdoor bars.
The hotel is named after the freshwater springs just a short distance from the hotel. These are fed by the rains and melting snows of Kilimanjaro and are of the highest purity.The springs then feed an extensive area of paddy fields beyond which lies a protected forest reserve. This supports a rich wildlife and provides relaxing walks to see the birds and several species of monkey.

The hotel has its own borehole and benefits from this wonderful location. The rooms all have windows fitted with mosquito netting and fans, and all have roomy, tiled en-suite facilities with showers.


St Judes School

Before going on safari to Arusha National Park

Roger & Neill payed a visit to St Judes School where Roger and his family sponsor a student with studies

A Safari to Arusha National Park Before Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro

Arusha National Park

This small but beautiful National Park near Kilimanjaro Airport. Arusha and Moshi provides an ideal destination for day's safari or to relax in after an ascent of Kili or Mt Meru in one of the lodges in the park.
As well as having an abundance of wildlife Arusha National Park has three special features: Mt Meru, Momela Lakes and the Ngurdoto Crater. Mt. Meru, Tanzania's second highest peak at 4566m, is one of Africa's most beautiful volcanoes. The route to the summit passes through parkland, montane forest, a giant heather zone and moorland. Finally, the summit is reached by a narrow, barren ridge which provides stunning views of the Ash Cone lying several thousand feet below in the crater and Kilimanjaro in the background. Over 400 species of birds, rhino, elephant, buffalo, baboon, warthog, black and white Colobus monkey and duiker are all found in this delightful "gem amongst parks".

The Ngurdoto Crater

stretches 3 km's across; it is a steep-sided bowl surrounded by riverine forest. The crater floor is a lush swamp with many visible animal trials and provides a natural sanctuary to many animals, including elephant, buffalo, a variety of monkeys, baboons and birds since it is prohibited for tours to descend down to the bottom of the crater. To the west of the crater an extensive grassland plain, Serengeti Ndogo.

Machame Park Gate

The start to the climb up Mt Kilimanjaro

At 1800m, from where steepening trails begin & lead through natural rain forest to a campsite in a clearing on a ridge, (3000m, 5h.).

Machame Route
Sometimes called the Whisky Route.

This is a popular 49km route up steep paths through magnificent forests to gain a ridge leading through the moorland zones to the Shira Plateau. It then traverses beneath the glaciated precipices of the Southern Icefields to join the Barafu Route to the summit. An extra day could be added to the itinerary, best spent on the Shira Plateau, where you could walk to the Shira Needles.

Strong groups could omit camping at Karanga River.

The Mweka Route is used for the descent.

The path continues up a moorland ridge through giant heathers. It gradually becomes rocky before levelling out on the Shira Plateau. (3840m, 4-5h.).
A rocky path leads east up towards the Lava Tower, dramatic views of the Breach Wall precipices. Shortly beyond this it descends to Barranco campsite (3950m, 4-5h.).
Scramble easily to the top of the Great Barranco and then a traverse over screes and ridges to the Karanga Valley campsite (3h, 4000m.), beneath the icefalls of the Southern Glaciers.
The trail ascends a ridge to a campsite by the Barafu Hut, an airy location with little vegetation (3h, 4600m.),

Accommodation on the mountain is in tents which the porters will pitch for you.
You will need a sleeping bag, warm clothes and walking poles. This is a steep, tough trek within the limits of a fit individual used to walking in mountain areas.

Mount Meru

Mount Meru is one of Africa's highest and most beautiful volcanoes.

Start just after midnight for the ascent of the screes leading to Stella Point

(6h, 5725m.)

.... and arrive at sunrise.

From here a further 40minutes leads to Uhuru Peak to summit Mt Kilimanjaro.



Neill & Roger with the fantastic Kilimanjaro Porters and Guides

Who helped to make the Dream a possibility


Kilimanjaro guides all receive a licence to work on Kilimanjaro from the National Park. Without this they are unable to operate as guides. The licence is obtained after several years of experience of working on the mountain as porters or cooks then as assistant guides after which they attend courses in First Aid, Mountain Rescue, Flora and Fauna and History.
From the guides that have acquired their guide qualification Zara select those that have worked with Zara in the past and have an excellent record of working on the mountain.

Their professionalism is hard to rival anywhere in the world and one of their prime objectives will be to help you achieve your dream and gain the summit of Kilimanjaro, safely.

If at any stage they suggest you should turn back then trust them, respect their experience - they must have an excellent reason for this as this is one of their last resorts.

Neill receiving his certificate certifying that he summited Mt Kilimanjaro

on the



"Always dream and shoot higher than you know how to.

Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors.

Try to be better than yourself."

William Faulkner