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... in Addo to find we had been moved to another guest house because of double booking. Annoyed to start with but then realised we have better accommodation at same price so all resolved!
Left Bloemfontein 08.45 arrived Addo 16.55 - a long day but a good journey.
Early dinner then spent the evening looking at photos and listening to ...
... include the first house and church and several bars!
There is also a diamond vault to view different sizes, shapes and colours of diamond including the "Eureka", the first diamond found in Kimberley. There are replicas of other notable diamonds including the Cullinan 1, the original being part of the British Crown Jewels.
A little shopping was done, but no diamonds!
The drive back to Bloemfontein was followed by a takeaway ...
... some instruction and a safety briefing, off we went. Apart from being a bit cold, the water was very clear and good enough to drink. Nice scenery all around as we approached our first rapid (an easy grade 2!) which dunked us into the foamy stuff at a decent rate of knots, with a few screams as the reality that the water was more than a bit cold hit us! A couple more rapids under our belts and we getting acclimatised, then a grade 4 was ...
... we would have to go North first as there was another country, Lesotho, in the way. I had to pay extra on rental car insurance to travel outside SA, and opted not to take it. Even if I wanted to I would have had to take steep mountain roads which are not conducive to pounding out the miles (Oops ...
... my normal budget. The only problem was that it was about a 45 min walk to the nearest shops and restaurants, not ideal without a car. One thing I'm really disliking about South Africa is the endless warnings about safety and the need to be safely inside by sunset, take taxis everywhere and not go out alone at night (most hotel / hostel owners reinforce this, at least in the larger towns/cities). I'm half sure that it's mostly paranoia, but at ...
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