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... through the museum we visited the Sterkfontein caves where the majority of the fossils had been found. This was a lime quarry during the times of the gold rush so a lot of the fossils were destroyed by dynamite explosions. The reason there is such a high concentration of fossils there is that there are natural openings into the caves which early humans and animals fell through.
Today we spent the morning at the apartheid ...
... we learned the origin of South Africa's flag and national anthem, which Beverley sang for us. Wow, very moving. We then sang O Canada, French and English. Beverley then told us about the genius of Nelson Mandella and how he united this country at a rugby championship. She explain the importance of rugby, the game of the whites. How Madiba put on the green Springbok jersey, a captains jersey with a ball cap, and appeared on the field just before the beginning of the ...
... that "realism" is a very tricky term. There is a certain amount of culture shock, I must admit: the busy multi-lane roads and skyscrapers in and surrounding Johannesburg are disorientating after the comparative barrenness of Zim, as are the vastly increased number of white faces. But when walking out of the bus stop in the centre of the city the streets seem plenty African enough to me. Differences? The first thing I notice is the increased ...
... which is a well kept secret.
Must do accomodation places to stay in:
Sir Henry Barkly, Pophuis, Hogsback Inn
Windhoek Guest House in Sutherland
Best meals on our trip:
Dinner at Sir Henry Barkly, Venison pie in Britstown, mini omelette at Dagwoods, Kudu steaks from Connocks, Fish & Calamari @ Gansbaai, best chips & peanut, Jack Daniels milkshake at Ronnies
What you need to pack on a trip like this: ...
... came to a halt. Even the zebras had retreated to shelter in a cool shady spot. Meanwhile, in our open truck, the wind provided no relief, hitting us like a hot air dryer. Back at our campsite there was a pool, but it was empty and filthy, and all on a day we would have relished it the most.
The next day we drove to Johannesburg. I wasn't sure what to expect from Jo'burg, with it's reputation as one of the more dangerous cities to travel to. What I didn't expect was the ...