South Africa was one of my favourite countries, although it didn't offer the challenges that have made other destinations so compelling, its comforts and easy of travelling were a welcome relief and I had some good times there. Its a stunning and varied country with so much to offer, there's loads I missed, I be back here soon.
Kruger & Blyde River Canyon
I was straight to Kruger National Park, via the stunning Blyde River Canyon. Kruger's huge, about the size of Israel so I only saw part of it during the 3 days there, and it was a good preview for whats to come in Africa. The highlight was watching a super herd of 200+ elephants many passing just metres from our van, even our guide had never seen such numbers before.
Zulu's - St Lucia, Eshowe & battlefields
The KwaZulu-Natal region is home to the Zulu tribes, I visited the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift, both famous in British history from the Anglo-Zulu wars. From the hostel in Eshowe along with some others I was travelling with (Matt & Rich) and an Aussie couple we befriended we helped out at an orphanage and also went to a traditional Zulu coming of age ceremony. It was good to see the traditions carried through (even if most of the lads were wearing Adidas sports gear).
Drakensberg & Wild coast - Durban, Underberg, Coffee Bay, Cinsta
We headed up to Drakensberg region for a few days trekking before hitting the wild coast and Transkei area. Annoyingly I have no pics of Coffee Bay but it was a top spot, stunning coastline, trekking and parties, an excellent few days, Cinsta was much the same. Tsitsikamma was dramatic trekking on the coastline from forest and cliffs to huge boulders and waterfalls all along the Oceans edge.
Garden route - Stormsriver, Plettenberg Bay & Kynsna
Rolling green hills and lagoons just off from the sea its all very pleasant.
Cape town & Cape Peninsula
What a backdrop, well when you can see it, unfortunately its winter at the moment so Table Mountain was lost behind clouds most of the time I was there, but a few times it did appear. Unfortunately I didn't get an opportunity to climb it, which I wanted to do, but at least I got up there when it was clear one day. The trip to Robben island had to be done, such recent history, with ex political prisoners conducting the tours and offering an insight and understanding about the times, very good. Of course there were some good nights out in Long Street and around, with a good crowd in my hostel. The Cape Peninsular was huge and very windy but the highlight was watching Baboons causing havoc with the tourist.