Southern Africa

a trip by Steve Whitwell
From: January 29th 2010
Until: March 27th 2010

The trip to South Africa is easily the one that has taken the longest time to come to fruition.

My great-grandfather went to South Africa as a missionary {I don’t know what sort, I discovered quite recently that the family may have been Quakers}. My grandfather and a few more children were born in Cape Town but my great-grandfather died when my grandfather was five years old. My great-grandmother then decided that the best thing to do was to take all her children back to Britain and settle in Stoke (!!!).

When I was a child my grandfather often talked about visiting Cape Town and had promised to take us children there. It never happened. Previous generations of the family have always talked about visiting Cape Town but have grown old before they did. Myself and my sister aren’t going to let that happen again! We are both quite happily spending our children’s inheritance and had no hesitation in jetting off to Cape Town. We’ve already had one failed attempt a couple of years ago when I had to pull out of the trip; now it’s all booked and we’re on our way.
For a long time I thought that I would be another generation that didn’t make it. I never thought that political change would come as quickly as it did in South Africa or that apartheid could have ended without the whole country collapsing into chaos and civil war.

At the moment we haven’t got any great plans to research any family history. We have a couple of addresses to try and find but really we just want to be in Cape Town. We’ve rented an apartment for 2 weeks for myself, my sister and her husband and we are going to take it from there. As we are flying as far as Cape Town I thought I’d make the most of it and see some of the rest of Southern Africa while I’m here so I’ve signed up for a couple of organized tours.

I intend to travel up the western side of South Africa, through Namibia and Botswana, up to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. From here I’ll come back to Cape Town and rest up for a couple of weeks with my sister and her husband. After they go back I’ll head off on the eastern side of South Africa, including Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland.

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Southern Africa Tour

Trip Length: 8 weeks
Blog Entries: 29
Photos: 228
Words: 19647

Blog Entries

Date Blog Title Location
January 29th 2010 South Africa Africa » South Africa
January 30th 2010 South Africa - Arriving in Cape Town Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town
February 1st 2010 South Africa - From Cape Town to Orange River Africa » South Africa » Western Cape
February 3rd 2010 Namibia - Fish River Canyon Africa » Namibia » Fish River Canyon
February 4th 2010 Namibia - Sand Dunes Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei
February 7th 2010 Namibia - Swakopmund Africa » Namibia » Swakopmund
February 8th 2010 Namibia - Spitzkoppe Africa » Namibia » Spitzkoppe
February 9th 2010 Namibia - Cheetah Park Africa » Namibia » Cheetah Park
February 11th 2010 Namibia - Etosha Park Africa » Namibia » Etosha National Park
February 12th 2010 Somewhere in Namibia Africa » Namibia
February 16th 2010 Botswana - The Okavango Delta Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta
February 18th 2010 Botswana - Chobe National Park Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park
February 19th 2010 Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls Africa » Zimbabwe » Victoria Falls
February 20th 2010 Zimbabwe - Lion Encounter Africa » Zimbabwe » Victoria Falls
February 22nd 2010 Back In Cape Town Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town
February 23rd 2010 Cape Town - District Six Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town
February 24th 2010 Cape Town - Robben Island Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town
March 2nd 2010 Cape Town - The Cape Town Stadium Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town
March 4th 2010 Cape Town - Searching For The Missing Whitwells Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town
March 6th 2010 South Africa - Johannesburg Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Soweto
March 8th 2010 South Africa - From Johannesburg to Kruger Park Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park
March 10th 2010 South Africa - Kruger Park Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park
March 12th 2010 Southern Africa - Mozambique Africa » Mozambique » Southern » Maputo
March 13th 2010 Southern Africa - Swaziland Africa
March 14th 2010 South Africa - Rorke's Drift Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal
March 16th 2010 South Africa - Drakensberg Africa » South Africa » Free State » Drakensberg
March 18th 2010 Southern Africa - Lesotho Africa » Lesotho
March 22nd 2010 South Africa - The Garden Route Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Storms River
March 23rd 2010 South Africa - Cape Town Again!! Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town
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