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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg January 8th 2015

Yesterday was a slow day in Victoria Falls. Two days would have been better than three. Viewing the falls only takes 2-3 hours. Last night we did a sunset river cruise. YAWN! A few Americans, mostly So. Africans, and a group of 10 from China. Everytime the boat captain mentioned a bird or hippo sighting they all ran to that side with their cameras. Fun to observe. All of South Africa is a security camp. If you are middle class or above and own a home or condo the entire perimeter of your property either has a ten foot high wall or metal fence with a metal gate entry. On top of the walls are coiled barbed wire or if you are really loaded, then electrfied wires. Withinin these seemingly secured properties , all the first ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Sandton December 28th 2014

Arrived yesterday after 2 GRUELING flights on Virgin Atlantic. Less legroom than Asian carriers. At hotel adjacent to airport. Drove to hotel in our rental car on the British (wrong side) of the road. Will leave shortly for 8 hr drive (sight seeing route) to overnite in Pilgrim's Rest. Will drive rim of Blyde River Canyon, third largest on earth. #1 in Namibia and #2 is Grand Canyon. Both of these are arid. Blyde is tropical and green. Hopefully we get good pics since weather is rainy. Tomorrow we head out for Kruger.... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Soweto December 24th 2014

Excuse my grammar, punctuation and style in this post. Currently somewhere in between New York and Africa on an iPad mini #lucrative Today's post is a reaction to one of the most profound books I have ever read. Mindset: the psychology of success. Trust me when I say that I am no literature critic, but I found the lessons from this book so powerful that I hope I can convince you to read it as well. To anyone looking to overcome difficulties in work, life or relationships I highly recommend it. The underlying principle of the book is how mindset is the most powerful tool we have in determining our own success as well as our happiness. For a basis understanding we will have to understand the two broad - yet realistic and proven - approaches ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Soweto December 24th 2014

Today was quite an adventure. a fifteen hour plane ride with no sleep and three books was not an ideal start. I was met at customs by an Ebola scanner, not a clue who was picking me up and no access to communication. After s brief freak out I was met by mike and Adam and was delivered to adams family. After a basic but delicious breskfsat we were off to the apartheid museum and downtown Jo burgh. Learning about apartheid and Nelson Mandela was a great experience. See the attached pictures! Merry Christmas everyone , TIA - this is Africa... read more
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Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg November 20th 2014

We left the Kruger Park and all the wild animals behind us. In the second last day we would travel to Pretoria, where the last day we had multiple options how to spend the day. In the evening, we should go back to the airport to catch our flight. It was the last night that some of us slept in a tent. We packed our tents, made some breakfast and packed our lunch. At 7 we left the Kruger Park and the animals behind us. We would follow a great nature route, the Panorama route. It is not so long and famous as the Garden Route, but it’s really worth. In one day, you are able to travel this entire route. You do not spot here safari animals, and because the route is shorter and has ... read more
Panorama Route
Panorama Route
Panorama Route

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

Signing off with images of Nelson Mandela Square by night... read more
Christmas rhino
Nelson Mandela Sq by night
The moon and the baobab

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




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