Well here i am in oz if only for 1 hour ...

Trip Start Jun 03, 2001
Trip End ??? ??, 2002

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Saturday, June 30, 2001

Well here i am in Oz if only for 1 hour before a flight to NZ The internet is free so i am making use of it to update.
Thanks to Darren and Jill for the Oz money as it has enabled me to grab a beer and get change for the phone to confirm that my flight is on time with Simone in NZ. I don't know what i would have done without the $AUS, cheers guys.
Anyway, Drakensberg, I stayed at Inkosana Lodge where the owner of the lodge Rob rented me his car to visit The famous Battlefield site of SpioenKop. The history of which, for those of you that don't know, is that in the Anglo - Boar War of 1900 thousands of British mainly from Lancashire and Merseyside Battallions died trying to win the Hill as a good Armoury position. To cut a very long and tedious story short, we got humiliated by the Boars and lost despite vast superior numbers. The reason for my visit was that as a liverpool supporter i knew that in 1906 when the greatest football team on earth decided to build a new terrace behind one goal they named it Spion Kop in memory of those who died. Sad sod that i am i had to see it for myself as it was only 50km,s from a stop on the Baz Bus. well i went and it was great, I had a guided tour with a group of South African's and enjoyed the great views and the amazing story of the war.

I moved on the next day after a further 2 hr. hike in Drakensberg, to Jo'berg and the long awaited Safari!!! I left at 5am as expected and the party was 7 people and two Guides Danella and Len. We headed to various tourist sites on the way to Kruger and ended up at a tribal village for our first nights stay. we were welcomed by the family in charge and were given a tour by on of the son's. We had dinner the traditional war (without cutlery) and slept in clay huts or rather clay and cattle dung mix huts, as it keeps insects away) The noises outside were fascinating with Lions roring clearly only a km away. We enjoyed a surprisingly good nights sleep, before moving on the next day to a cheetah reserve, (excuse this being brief but the first call has gone at Gate 23 and this is free!!) We were given a tour and had cheetah's licking the palms of our hands. On to the Kruger Park and the search for the big 5, (Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino, and elephant)
Sadly, if you tell most people you saw 4 out of 5 they automaticall think the leopard evaded you , but no we saw 4 out of 5 with in the firs few hours, as a 2 juvenille leopards ran across our path and scaring Len to death. We were amazed as Len goes here every week as a guide and hadn't seen a leopard in 3 years. some people have been here 10 years and not seen one. sadly for us the luck was not to last as the Lion proved evasive, we search for 2 and a half days to no avail, some people reported Lions feeding, mating, killing, but we missed them all. The Rhino was also amazing as 5 of the posed on the road for a good 10 mins for us. we left disapointed but still thrilled at the whole Kruger Park experience and i thouroughly reccommend it to anyone visiting the area. This place is the size of Wales and all animals are wild. The number of different species we saw would take up and entry in this logue alone so again, wait for the photo's.
Jo'berg was a drag as i had no interest in seeing anywhere and i had a few hours to kill, so i headed into town to stock up on some liquid presents for my host Simone in NZ. I have just spoken to her and it seems i will have to put the jetlag on hold as she has plans to make a good dent in the JD. I met up with a few friends, Vanessa and Alison at the Airport and we were able to catch up about eachothers trips up to Jo'berg and we plan to meet up at some point in OZ as they flew to Perth an hour before i flew here. Have a good trip girls and see you soon !
So farewell to South Africa and what a place! am leaving with mixed emotions as i can't wait to get to NZ but SA is an amazing country so misunderstood. I met wonderful people and saw some of the best scenery in the world how do you summerise a place like SA? i can't without the help of a little plagarism (sp?) so from the guide to SA in a Cinsta guide book..."Fear caused by ignorance can be replaced by respect when you realise how wonderful a place is" The same could be said of many places but South Africa is very high on the List.
See you in NZ
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