Blogs from Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, Africa - page 15


Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg April 1st 2011

Ive now been in Joburg for 2 weeks and its a very diverse city.... The only things you ever hear about the city is that it is very dangerous and you shouldn't visit, as you are likely to get mugged, stabbed, shot or raped...or a combination! When I landed, i knew nothing except what id been told about the city (the negative things...). So I was very apprehensive to begin with. I was met off the Gautrain (a train that runs from the airport into Sandton (the very nice, expensive area in the middle of the city)) by Rashid, the taxi driver. As he drove me to where I was staying he showed me some parts of the city...except for the weather and the beggars there is very little that is different to London or Manchester. ... read more
Soweto Housing
Soweto Housing
Soweto Housing

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Sandton March 27th 2011

This blog documents our travels to 4 exiting destinations in the US. It's spring on the east coast and we're planning to have a jol. Amber starts in Somerset West. Rinette is actually in Hermanus when we start. So she'll start in the Cape as well. Bianca and myself are in Joburg and have a flying start. We'll spend 3 days in Miami, 7 in Orlando, 4 in New York and 4 in Washington. ... read more
My travel buddies

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg February 21st 2011

Haven't been on the road for a while, but here's a trip down memory lane, back to South Africa and 1973.... Birdhaven It all started with the sacks - the sacks in the back of the Land Rover. Watching quietly from behind a half-drawn curtain, we saw our stepfather - in Barbour jacket and shooting boots – emerge from the cabin. Dark glasses hiding owlish features, he dropped to the ground, clamped an unlit cigar to his lower jaw and, an open shotgun hanging over his forearm, strode up the slate garden path and through the half-mast door. “Bring ‘em in boys!”, he said, lurching heavily into an armchair and lighting the half-smoked cigar. Throwing his legs onto a footstool, he swatted two flies, blew his nose violently, and waited for my younger brother to scamper ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg February 8th 2011

We arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa on the 8th of Feb. after a 16 hr. flight from Atlanta! Fred's sister Jane picked us up from the airport. It has been 26 yrs. since they've seen each other. Jane drove us around the suburbs of Johannesburg where Fred used to live. We didn't drive into downtown Joburg because it is unsafe and has deteriorated. It was very interesting seeing the different population groups and cultures around the city. It has a lot of atmosphere. The suburbs have hilly terrain with many tropical plants. The land in South Africa is very green. We stayed at Jane and Eric's house for the first three nights during which we also visited Fred's brother Nic and his wife Delia and family. Jane and Nic both have lovely homes with beautiful yards ... read more
Jane and Fred at the airport
At the edge of Johannesburg
Surgery anyone?

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg January 20th 2011

19-12-2010 Johannesburg would have attracted me like a magnet when its gold and diamond mines were going strong, but now they are defunct. Take away the mines and what tourist interest does Johannesburg have? “None” Of course, some artificial tourist attractions have been created – like The Sun City, which is just a casino and the Gold Reef City, which is an ‘amusement park’ with the usual paraphernalia of roller-coaster rides. Well, we are not gamblers and getting wrung out from inside out on a roller-coaster ride is NOT my idea of ‘amusement’. The Pilanesburg Park too, which is near the Sun City, pales in comparison with the Kruger N.P. especially, as I described it to Avi, “Stone animals inside the Sun City and ‘stoned’ ones outside in Pilanesburg” because I suspect that the ‘big five’ ... read more
The deserted road between the 'gated' communities
Mining Equipment
The 'mining' train

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg January 7th 2011

It all began 27 years ago, I was born in Israel to a South African mother and Israeli father. They met when my mother was on vacation visiting my aunt who was spending the year working on a kibbutz. The vacation extended into the next nine years over which time they fell in love, popped out a kid and drove each other nuts, both in the good and bad sense. At the time my grandfather was working for an airline so my mother used to get free tickets wherever the airline and its partners travelled - setting the standards for my permanently itchy feet from a very young age. When I was two, my mom and I took a trip to Paris to do some shopping and visit a good friend of hers - we liked ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg December 27th 2010

Leaving Zambia So on November 29th we had a bit of a lie-in in Livingstone while some of the group went for their viewing of the Victoria Falls (which we had done the previous day). This also meant we had time for a lovely cooked English breakfast by the pool, a bit of luxury in our camping trip! The journey over the river and border back to Botswana was much smoother this time, and we all made it safely, including the truck. The ferry which broke a few days before was still there, so lucky we didn´t wait for it to get fixed! Only a few hours later we arrived at our next overnight stop, Elephant Sands. Elephant Sands This campsite was named because of the great number of elephants it sees visiting the nearby waterhole. ... read more
Cool birds at Elephant Sands
Trying to view a rhino without being spotted by the rhino!
All vehicles the zebra crossing

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg December 11th 2010

I’m sorry I have not posted anything in a while. Time always goes by so fast for me when I’m in South Africa. There never seems to be enough of it and my stay never seems to be long enough. The other reason I have found it hard to blog about this section of my trip is because I feel like I’m at home when I’m here in Joburg with my family not really traveling - even though I am of course. Plus I have not had internet for a while so I will do my best to get you up to date on the past month without making this too long! And then I have a bunch to tell you about my last 2 weeks out here so I’ll probably post a couple blogs over ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg November 30th 2010

Fa una certa impressione scoprire di essere bianco, specialmente quando te ne rendi conto in una squallida taverna di Central Johannesburg e ti ricordi allora di essere ad Hillbrow, uno dei quartieri piu' malfamati della citta', dove un bianco non lo si vede neppure sui cartelloni pubblicitari. Il Sudafrica viene definita la "nazione arcobaleno", ma da queste parti vedi solo e ovunque nero, nemmeno fossimo a Soweto, il celebre ghetto che e' cresciuto a dismisura fino a diventare una grande citta' abitata da centinaia di migliaia di persone e che, negli ultimi anni, ha subito un certo restyling ed oggi, almeno per le sue zone piu' centrali, ha l'aspetto di uno sterminato quartiere residenziale di piccole casette con tetto in lamiera; non ho fatto foto, ma l'atmosfera per le sue vie era davvero gradevole e pacifica. ... read more
Central Johannesburg
Johannesburg vista dai sobborghi settentrionali
Beata gioventu'...

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg November 28th 2010

A slight change in style coming up - see attached photos!... read more
... to this!

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