Melrose Place Guest Lodge
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... made of tin, aluminium, and anything else the owners could find. Goats running across the road, cattle standing in the road and children playing football on a makeshift pitch with no shoes on. The whole experience was extremely humbling and made me realise just how lucky we are to have what we have, let alone water, electricity, gas and other mod con’s.
With stops the whole journey took around 4 hours, we had stopped just after we reached sun city at ...
... hours. The views of the ice floes and
edge of the continent were fabulous.
In Johannesburg we were met and escorted to our hotel, City
Lodge OR Tambo, where we met Laine and Murry who had flown in from Perth earlier
in the ...
... South Africa. After leaving the museum, you can't help but feel horrible for being a white person while simultaneously feeling appalled that the policy only met its end 20 years ago. The fact that Africans and whites can coexist peacefully and that the country didn't descend into a bitter civil war is something of a miracle. There are of course, much like the United States, extremist factions that continue to operate, both Afrikaans and African, that are not ...
(Delayed due to Oz) The journey from Mozambique to Johannesburg passed relatively smoothly, despite a rather long and cumbersome border crossing (on the Mozambiquean side). People were apparently able to bribe some local guys who knew the security officers managing the line and allowed these people to skip to the front. After crossing the border into South Africa you quickly have your first encounter with the developed/first world. McDonalds, Burger King and KFC's ...
... exist, exactly where it said it would be, although the South African system of allocating seats/beds leaves a lot to be desired. My ticket gave no indication of a reserved seat and the carriages didn’t seem to have any information so I just picked a compartment and settled in. A ticket inspector came through and told me I was in the wrong carriage and that our names and seats were on a sheet of paper somewhere on the platform which I had to find, but I’m ...