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Oct 1, 2017 - A TOWNSHIP TOUR

-eggs' option with brekkie -met Bobo of MoAfrika Tours for the Soweto tour -saw middle class and the very poor sectors of the township -Regina Mundi Roman Catholic Church visited, still with some 1976 bullet holes -Hector Peterson memorial site visited, the child carried in a famous picture, a casualty of the 1976 Soweto uprising -lunch beneath the tall,colourfully painted cooling towers -Apartheid Museum not as dark as I remembered it, its focus more the process issue rather the the oppression of blacks -dinner and a bit too much Amarula

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Endless Botswana

Sep 30, 2017 - INTO JOBURG

-precious little sleep so going to be a long day -into Dakar c 0545, 4H time differential from IAD -on the ground for an hour -a further 2H time differential re JNB time -tried to do some reading -eventual arrival and transfer to Sunrock Lodge, Peta and Chris there -dinner at the hotel and catching up over after dinner drinks

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Endless Botswana

Sep 24, 2017 - Kruger to Johannesburg

ByeBye Katekani, back to Johannesburg via Blyde River Canyon. This canyon is the 3rd biggest in the world, after Grand Canyon and some other one in Namibia. Blyde River canyon is evergreen all year round.... quite spectacular with a river at the bottom. Back in the minivan for the almost 500km journey to Johannesburg. Goes quite quickly though when travelling at 120kph (and towing a luggage trailer). They are very good drivers here, we could certainly learn from them. Cars overtake at 150kph and nobody blinks. Stopped for lunch in...

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Sep 19, 2017 - Addo to Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg

Left Addo for short drive to Port Elizabeth. Mixed city of industrial/port, historical and beautiful beaches. A lot of old colonial architecture. Visited a historical home, very well preserved with original furniture and homewares. Wandered a little... still a few hours to kill before flight to Johannesburg so found a lovely beachside restaurant to while away the time and catch up on internet use. Good food, drinks, prices, service and view. Hit the jackpot...Cant ask for more than that. Off to the airport now. Returned the rental car after...

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Jun 4, 2017 - Back to civilization

Up at 5:30 and get picked up by the bus and taken to a cold breakfast. Then we loaded up the truck and started the long drive to the airport. We stopped a couple times for toilet breaks and as we were running a bit late we decided on a take away lunch. We stopped in at a mall and ordered food and drinks. Some odd trips to the bathroom and a bit of a delay as Shadrick had not gotten lunch yet. Then off we went with one more rest stop then at the airport. There we said goodbye to everyone and went looking for our flight. Met by “helpers” who...

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May 20, 2017 - Kruger National Park!

Flight landed at about 5:30 and we disembarked with no problems. Customs was not an issue. However, when we got to the luggage pickup there was no luggage. Jan and Kitty stayed to deal with the problem and I went and caked the tour company to let them know we were finally there. Kitty and Jan came out after about ½ hour and we waited – I got a text from Alice saying to get in touch with the tour company. I did again and after a bit of back and forth it was straightened out. Maxwell – one of the guides – showed up about 7:20 and we joined...

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Sep 27, 2016 - More once-in-a-lifetime experiences

As we sit here in the lounge in the Johannesburg, there is a lot to remember and discuss over the past couple of days. Our trip could not have ended any better than it did at Ulusaba Safari Lodge. After the first day, we awoke early again for another drive where we saw many more animals making their way to water and food. It was another nice day outdoors and we needed massages back at the lodge to settle us before the long journey home. After a nap and lunch, it was time for the evening drive. It was nothing spectacular as it began, so we...

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Sep 15, 2016 - Jo'burg and home........

Jo'burg 12 September 2016 A very lazy start to the day, all these early starts seemed to have caught up with us. Lovely breakfast in the garden with Pauline and Brian, we just sat around and talked, lots of catching up since our last visit 7 years ago. Brian drove us 30 km to the Walter Sisulu Gardens, their nearest botanical gardens and apparently more intimate than the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens which are huge. It was quite busy, as there was a 'bird event' staged in the park. We walked through enjoying the planting and the little...

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Namibia!

Sep 6, 2016 - Okonjima to Johannesburg

3 September2016 Up very early again due to the noise of the birds,, finished packing and went to breakfast. Loaded the car and set off - at 7.30, not too bad. It took half an hour to leave the reserve and join the B1 south. The road was clear (and tarmac) and we made very good time, arriving in Windhoek around 10.30. We passed through similar countryside to earlier drives, dry, few trees, some cattle ranches and the entrances to a few safari/wildlife camps. As we had time we went to the Craft Centre, but nothing very inspiring. Topped up...

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Namibia!

Feb 26, 2016 - Are we there yet?

We made it to Johannesberg, and sitting at the airport lounge, we met up with a lovely couple from England who were sharing stories with us about all the incredible cities they've travelled to together. Their names were Mel and Leslie Smaje, and Mel used to play rugby in the 70s for the Cardiff Rugby Club. Mel said that two of his favourite cities he ever got to once play rugby in "back in his younger days" were Vancouver & Victoria! It's so wonderful as we run into strangers, when we mention where we are from, there is an instant...

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Feb 11, 2016 - Finally, on my way to Darkest Africa .....

Ok, I'm packed and ready to go..... Cameron to follow on in 3 weeks time. Three weeks ago, when we were unceremoniously and swiftly evicted from our present abode, I considered postponing this long awaited (13 years) trip back to the Mother Land. However common sense prevailed and we managed within 3.5 weeks to find a new and more comfortable unit, packed up and moved, quite an accomplishment. This morning, we went to Balmoral Beach for an extra long run, then swim followed by a Fit and Fab class at the gym, so by the time I have imbibed in...

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Back to my Roots

Aug 26, 2015 - Johannesburg, South Africa

The largest city in South Africa and one of the biggest contiguous urban areas in the world, Johannesburg was established after the discovery of gold in 1886. Today the city and surrounding area provide the largest output of gold and diamonds in the world, due mainly to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand areas of hills. Jo-burg today is comprised of 73% black, 16% white, 6% Coloreds, and 4$ Asian. Despite the large predominance of blacks and the end of Apartheid, much of the country still lives in deep poverty. Many of the...

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