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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng June 22nd 2014

It took a while but we have arrived and it's a beautiful morning in the high veldt. Heading to Soweto later, will add some photos when we return. ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Vanderbijlpark June 22nd 2014

We spent Sunday afternoon visiting Soweto, Mandela's house, a great museum, the venue for the 2010 World Cup Final and trying out the local beer. After the student uprising there were many deaths in Soweto. A grizzly time for SA. There is a museum to a young boy who was killed that day, Hector Pieterson. Quite graphic accounts. ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg June 17th 2014

A new adventure awaits in the African continent. Only 3yrs after our last visit we are off for some more safari, a little glamping and a Wedding in Victoria Falls. So in 4 days time we get on BA's biggest bird for a wee hop to Jo'burg to meet up with Laurence and Alida. Let's hope Kruger lives up to it's great animal spotting of 2011. Lots of tales to be told in summer 2014.... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg June 13th 2014

08 juin 2014 : Nous nous levons a 8h00. Apres le petit dejeuner, a 9h00, et une bonne douche bien chaude, nous sommes prets pour partir a l'aeroport. Daniel Schreiner, notre voyagiste arrive a 9h30 et nous y emmene. Nous decollons de Livingstone a 13h00 et atterrissons a Johannesburg a 14h30, soit avec 25 minutes d'avance. Nous attendons la navette de l'hotel une demi-heure. Finalement, nous prenons possession de notre chambre a 16h00. Il fait froid a Johannesburg, il parait que c'est exceptionnel une temperature aussi basse. Nous mangeons des toasts, bacon-fromage pour Socorro et bacon-oeuf pour moi. Nous nous couchons a 20h00 et dormons mal malgre le chauffage que nous avons dans la chambre.... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg June 4th 2014

On the Runway It’s been quite hectic galloping to get this far. Jurie and I were both out of town in the run up to this trip. Me; on a hike in the Knysna forest in search out the elusive ellies and learning to speak Russian over a bottle (or two of vino) with my good friends; Gela and Carol. Jurie; for more noble reasons, was conducting his swansong at work. As of now he is officially retired. In fact he had a MOMENT. Arriving back home on Wednesday evening without a job, there was no dog and no wife to greet him. AWW! To cut a long story short out pre-planning months ago to pre-empt our pre-travels paid off and it really wasn’t that bad after all. My packing was interspersed with trips to the ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg May 26th 2014

25 mai 2014 : Apres avoir fait la grasse matinee, nous quittons Benidoleig a midi un quart pour Pego ou nous laissons notre voiture dans le garage de notre ami Salvador. Il nous emmene a Gandia a 13h00 ou nous prenons le train pour Valencia a 13h55. De la, nous prenons le metro pour l'aeroport que nous atteignons a 15h45. Nous prenons un peu de cash et nous cherchons un bureau de change pour avoir des dollards car ils ne prennent theoriquement les euros dans cette region de l'Afrique. Il n'y en a pas, un comble pour un aeroport international. Nous decollons a 19h05, a l'heure, avec Air Europa et nous arrivons a Roissy 2F a 9h00 comme prevu. Nous nous rendons au terminal 2E, juste en face, Nous avons 2 heures de correspondance, et nous ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng April 30th 2014

I was fortunate enough to get to experience Sun City through work. Maties tennis were playing in a tournament and I had managed to tag on to their tournament. We flew out of Cape Town early on Thursday morning so were in Sun City by lunch time. Im not sure what I was expecting and I'm not sure what I think about the place now. For those who have been to Disney or Vegas then you may be slightly disappointed. While you have to remember your in a 3rd world country you still kind of expect something! As far as I can work out Sun City resort is plotted along one fairly straight road. As you enter in under the Mickey type barriers there is crocodile world. Didn't go there. Then you pass one of the ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Sandton April 26th 2014

I was supposed to be flying from Manchester to Charles De Gaulle in Paris, then on to Johannesburg. From there I should leave my flight and get on another, to Victoria Falls! Best laid plans and all that eh? Manchester to Paris - easy! Arrived in Paris and saw there were 2 boarding gates for the flight to Johannesburg so I was a bit confused; all was clear when we were boarding; it was the HUGE A380 2 floored plane that looked too big to move, let alone fly! I sat on the ground floor; was pretty nifty really and quite an experience. However, on arriving at Johannesburg we were almost landed when the pilot aborted the landing; it was not nice! As we shot back up at speed the co-pilot said the pilot would explain ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng April 18th 2014

I flew into South Africa on Friday morning after dog's-legging it via Dubai. Did you know that some of the door handles are detachable in Dubai International? I discovered this to be the case when I went to the toilet which got me thinking about their aircraft. It was not conducive to a healthy state of mind (I was flying Emirates on both legs: UK -> Dubai -> Joburg) so I pushed that to one side... Detachable door handles aside the flights were fairly uneventful. I watched a couple of movies and caught a few winks where I could. The best part as far as I was concerned was looking out the window over Southern Africa after sunrise. I've always felt that if geography lessons were taught from the bird's eye perspective of a Being 777 ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Pretoria April 11th 2014

Yesterday we were going to catch the train to Pretoria, South Africa’s capital, but to do that we had to find the station, so with dud confident that he could take us to the station direct, we wondered through the streets in circles for half an hour until dud swallowed his pride and asked for directions. From the station we caught the train to Pretoria and set off from the station to find the parliament house, and lo, more wandering under the guidance of the great dud. Then he again relented and we caught the bus back to the train station were we got a taxi to monument hill from there we climbed the 500 steps up to the top were I looked town and my legs literally turned to jelly as the marble floor made ... read more
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