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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg November 3rd 2014

Our BA flight is out of this world ....... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg November 3rd 2014

Well, the time has come to take that flight to that country where the Lions roar, the alligators bathe, the giraffes munch, and the tourests gawk. Most of the time we will be the ones in a cage or protected and the animals will be free. Our trip will consist of Wild Game Drives, spectacular views and highlights. We won't be close to fruit bats I hope. (They are apparently the source of Ebola.) You cannot be to prepared for a trip like this. So, we are bringing as usual carry-on luggage and thats it! Clothing is optional. The transit time will be 29 hours and the time change is 6 hours ahead like Europe. Our first stop actually will be Zimbabwei (Victoria Falls). So, the day after we arrive we hop on a flight through ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg November 2nd 2014

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg November 2nd 2014

After writing off Saturday (bad barbecue effects) we decide to go on a tour of Johannesburg and Soweto. Eschewing the hotel recommended tour guides we take a recommendation from a friend and procure ourselves a local outfit - after some delay Charles turns up and we start our own personalised tour. Johannesburg is a huge, sprawling conurbation merging into Pretoria and with satellite cities around it. Even on a Sunday it takes time to get around it. First stop is the house where Mandela lived until his recent death. It's in an affluent jacaranda tree lined road in Haughton - it's quiet with no one else there when we arrive. A single car on the drive signifies family members are at home. On the verge are small flower beds with painted stones giving best wishes to ... read more
Messages of hope ...
And of condolence....
The Mandela home

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg November 2nd 2014

You can't come to Johannesburg and not go to Soweto. You can't go to Soweto and not do the politics. It's a place that confirms your knowledge (yes it's a township with huts, dirt tracks, shared taps and illegally tapped electricity) and it also confounds your perceptions (it's affluent in parts, very middle class in parts, there is wealth and its on show - BMWs on drives of beautiful villas covered in bouganvillea). its refreshing. There are lots of primary and secondary schools and two universities. The importance of education as a way of advancevent for the individual and society is well understood - which is different to ten years ago. There is clearly aspiration - talking to Charles he sets out the ambition of people and he says the juxtaposition of middle class achievement is ... read more
The more affluent side of town
And again
Migrant  hostels and government housing

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Sandton September 14th 2014

Here I go! My first blog ever and chuffed that I've got this far! Four more sleeps till we jet out of OR Tambo and head for Morocco. Woop woop ... the excitement is building. The stacking and more stacking and still more stacking ... and then a little packing ... has begun. Those two little words, "travel light" roll off the tongue so easily, but when push comes to shove, eeeeeek, "what to pack??????". I may be dubious about the clothing to pack but some things I am in no doubt about. My "stash" .... especially for the exciting moment on take-off, feeling the thrust of the jet engines under my butt, for that pensive moment when I spot the hunk sitting in the isle opposite me and especially for the moment that I realize ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg September 6th 2014

Firstly, a song................ I hear the drums echoing tonight But she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation She's coming in twelve-thirty flight Her moonlit wings reflect the stars that guide me towards salvation I stopped an old man along the way Hoping to find some old forgotten words or ancient melodies He turned to me as if to say: "Hurry boy, it's waiting there for you" It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do I bless the rains down in Africa Gonna take some time to do the things we never had Toto (1982) Departing 23 September 2014 on Qantas via Sydney to Johannesburg Exciting times!... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg July 19th 2014

19 July: Johannesburg day tour Our day started early with a breakfast of yogurt and fruit with our tour guide picking us up at 7AM to take us around Johannesburg area. Our first stop on the tour was to Soweto. We started off in the nice area of Sweto where the houses looked liked they could have been anywhere in the world. He then showed us the dorms where the workers used to live but now it is just occupants waiting for the government houses to be built (a Mandela project). Continuing our drive, we went by a new university built in the area so that kids can see it everyday and hopefully encourage them to go. Also, it was built so that children could go to university without having to go to the main city. ... read more

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

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