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What. A. Journey. Africa is without a doubt the wildest place I have ever been, and also incredibly varied. Every country we travelled through was a stunning, mind boggling area of impossibly large sky and completely wild landscape - from the plains of the Serengeti to the poor village shacks in Malawi to the raging water of Vic Falls or the hilly …
... sandstone cliffs towering over the long golden grass, where we saw many antelope grazing. Spent the first few days in the northern mountains, and did some good hikes, including an all day hike to the Amphitheatre, an eight km long cliff and canyon from which the Tugela Falls drop 850 metres in five stages. It was a long day, of which two hours was spent (each way) negotiating some atrocious roads to reach the Sentinel car park at ...
... pass laws to find work to support their families, so harassment, fines, and arrests under the pass laws were a constant threat to many urban Africans. Pass laws had led to more than 17 million arrests.
Additionally we were invited to read some of the most famous citations quoted by white oppressors during the Apartheid Era. It was hard to believe that such people managed to rule over the country for such a long time without being stopped. They were not ashamed to ...
... with ducks and taking pictures.
Sunday was possibly the best day ever - we went to the Lion and Rhino Nature Reserve! It was only a 30 minute car journey away, and we were taken by a taxi driver Declan and Sarah had made friends with. Retrospectively, this was not the wisest choice ever. A few examples - he told us that there were tigers in Africa, that lions weighed more than rhinos and he shouted, wolf whistled, and beeped the horn every time he ...
... to the coffee shop where we finally start to relax. We spend a lovely 45min with Dirk’s mom, sister and niece. I just don’t know why we can’t get a peaceful departure day; this is the third year of total chaos. But with all of that behind us we start looking forward to getting on the plane. We make it through passport control but don’t spend too much time walking around. Our boarding gate is at the far end of the hall, we decide to get there and have ...