Johannesburg - Final Stop b4 Home!

Trip Start Jul 31, 2005
Trip End Sep 05, 2007

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Monday, January 9, 2006

Can you believe that we are in the big bad city of JoBurg already??!
It doesnt seem possible that we are typing our first entry in 2006 and our last entry of this section of our trip! It has gone soooooooooo fast, we only have 2 more nights in SA and only 2 more sunny days until we get back to a cold, wet, windy UK winter...! Oh well, the upside is that we will be able to hug all of the people that we have wanted to hug for sooo long.....Im sure that we can cope with the cold weather if we get those hugs!

Well, long time no hear from our end, purely because we decided to spend longer in Durban, we were only there for 3 nights and ended up staying 7! Durban is an amazing city, it had so so much to see and do, and the people who owned Smiths Cottage - the backpackers which we stayed in, were so much fun and we had such a good time that we decided to stay longer. In Durban, we saw the most beautiful Victorian Architecture, huge populations of Indians who reside in Durban, the stunning beaches, huge shopping malls, dolphin and seal shows at the Ushaka marine complex, where we also ate on our last night in the exclusive restaurant, downstairs in the cargo hold of a ship next to a floor to ceiling tank with sharks swimming in it...right next to our table! We drove out to Pietermaritzberg and did the tourist route drive into the gorgeous Valley of a thousand hills, we ate jam and cream scones in the Rob Roy Hotel and overlooked the beautiful valley below. From there we also went to a snake and croc farm, where Matt decided to put a 14m python around his neck (just another shit day in Africa!!!!), we watched zulu dancing and walked in their village, we sat in their mud hut where they told us all about their culture.

New Years Eve at the Durban Underwater club was just great, it was crazy to be sitting on the beach at new years eating bbq prawns and downing anything we could get our hands on! Haha...we had a great new years eve and at 2am we drank some more wine and celebrated 2006 at the same time as you all did at home too!

We reluctantly left Durban, knowing that if we diddnt get off our bums sooner or later we would end up staying in Durban until it was time to fly from JoBurg, so we drove out into the absolutly stunning Drakensberg area, a huge area, full of valleys, mountains and waterfalls with dirt roads thorown in for the fun of it!
We spent the night at the foot of the Sani Pass and the following morning took a tour in a 4wd up to the top of the Sani Pass and through SA border control until we found ourselves in Lesotho, we ate lunch and enjoyed a beer in Africa highest pub, and visited a Basotho village, where we met some of the kids and went inside one families hut and enjoyed some of their home made bread.

From the Sani Pass we drove the extremely scenic drive to the Northern Drakensberg, where we stayed for 2 nights, just chilling, taking in the stunning surroundings, and waatching the most spectacular thunderstorms....after that we drove to JoBurg, we arrived here yesterday.

We are staying in the Northern suburbs of the city, an area called fourways, at the moment we are visiting a huge shopping centre called Sandton City, we are unsure what exactly we are going to do over the next couple of days, but it will more than likely include a JoBurg city highlights trip, Apartheid Museum, maybe Soweto, maybe a drive north to Sun City. Whichever we choose though we shall have an amazing last 2 days in SA!

So, for the 1st time in 2006 and the last time from JoBurg...on this trip...

Love.........Hugs.........Kisses......See some of you in a few days........

Ali and Matt
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