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... of my pet hates - chucking rubbish out of the bus window. I glare at him futilely. In England I would have made an irritated cough but alas here I feel I have to respect the local culture.
The border crossing into South Africa is smoothish (I have to leap across the desk to stop the official again attempting to use up my last few blank passport pages), but the weather gets bloody cold at sunset and I start to be grateful for my bulky companion's insulating factor.
When I went to the gorillas in Uganda I was fortunate to meet a British couple (Joe and Katie) that look after a conservancy in SA. As I decided to go to SA I sent the an email and turns out there only about 90 minutes from Howard's farm so spent 4 days there prior to going to joberg. They jointly manage the farm for the owner and It's 14000 hectares. As part ...
... Each one growing its own larder... the area shows little european influence and has some strong craft based communes. Tsonga and VaVenda peoples are working side by side in workshops and our guide who had quite marked political ideals, took us to some of the indigenous culture initiatives which are remarkable as they are funded by the locals themselves to try ...
Our guide, Charles, an expert on the Anglo-Boer War in the local area, arrived and took us on a journey in the footsteps of the Bushveld Carbineers (BVC) and 'Breaker' Morant. He wasn't a fan - but he was coming from the Boer side!
First stop on the tour was at Ford Edward (called Fort Henreitta (?) at one time) now located in the heart of the town. This was a British designed 'mobile fort' made of heavy plate steel, each bit designed to ...
... the bush! We are pretty close to Kruger here so it only took about an hour in the car to get to one of the gates and then we drove around the park all afternoon to get to Mopani restcamp. On the way we stopped at a large bridge over a watering hole for some lunch and to take in the view (you drive yourself around Kruger and you can only get out of the car at designated spots where its safe like bridges) While at the watering hole I had one of the nicest animal sightings ...
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