South Africa

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  • Day11

    sawubona Südafrika

    August 14 in South Africa

    Der sehr frühe Vogel pardon Flieger hat uns nach Johannesburg gebracht und wir sind gleich weiter durch die Provinz Mpumalanga auf der Panorama Route in die Berge gefahren. Ein toller Spaziergang auf dem Misty Mountain Lodge Gelände waren ein schöner Einstieg.

  • Day36

    Destination #6, Johannesburg

    August 4 in South Africa

    Reunion #1 with Verity. After meeting us at the airport we made our way back to her house for a catch-up over a cup of coffee and tea. Wasting no time in South Africa we headed back out for some breakfast at De Molen Restaurant (the Dutch Windmill). Enjoyed some savoury (cheese and tomato) and sweet (cinnamon and apple, cinnamon and lemon and chocolate and ice cream) pancakes. Afterwards we picked up some treats at the bakery downstairs.
    After a rest and freshen-up back at Verity's we headed over to the Hildebrand's for Reunion #2. We enjoyed a great visit, bar-b-q and introduction of all our kids. We were all in a bit of amazement considering our friendships began over 18 years ago in Taiwan, and now we are all sitting here.
    Full first day in South Africa.
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  • Day41

    Dae in Suid Afrika (Afrikaans)

    August 9 in South Africa

    Days in South Africa (English)

    South Africa is amazing us in so many ways. We have spent time with friends, introduced children to children, seen lots of sights, got up close with some animals and tried some local beer. This visit has quickly become much more than just a place to visit but rather a home away from home. AMAZING!

  • Day3


    August 17, 2017 in South Africa

    Nach einem etwas nervenaufreibenden Flug mit vielen Turbulenzen sind wir um ca 4:30 Uhr in Johannesburg gelandet. Jetzt heisst es erstmal sich einen Überblick zu verschaffen: Wo finde ich eine SIM Karte, wo ist der nächste ATM am besten ohne Gebühren und wie kommen wir zu unserem Mietwagen?
    Auf dem Weg zur Unterkunft haben wir die hässlichen Seiten von Johannesburg kennengelernt: viel Müll; jedes Haus wird mit einer Mauer, Stacheldraht, elektrozaun und Alarmanlage gesichert und wer es sich leisten kann lebt in Gated communities; die Menschen laufen auf den Straßen rum in der Hoffnung Zwiebeln oder eine Zeitung verkaufen zu können. Kulturschock pur!
    In der Unterkunft angekommen wurden wir ausgiebig von den Hunden und Wölfen vom Gareth, unserem Host, begrüßt.
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  • Day19

    14.02.2017 township of Soweto

    February 12, 2017 in South Africa

    Ein Königreich für ein Baumhaus! Warum nicht mal zwei Nächte in 4m Höhe in dem bekanntesten aller townships verbringen?

    Soweto stand eigentlich nicht auf der Liste meiner Reiseziele, aber nun war ich hier - und bereue es nicht! Und da ich gleich vom Taxi abgeholt und nach Johannesburg gefahren werde, kann ich ja auch verraten, dass ich hier war: Es muss sich keiner mehr Sorgen machen, Mama!! 😉

    Gestern unternahm ich mit einer Gruppe und dem Guide aus Soweto eine Radtour. Vier Stunden ging es durch die gut und auch nicht so gut organisierten Teile dieses Townships. Soweto ist Heimat für über 3,5 Millionen Menschen aus aller Herren Länder und dementsprechend vielseitig präsentiert es sich auch. Geordnete Häuschen mit Mercedes davor wechseln sich mit den Wellblechverschlägen ab, wie ich sie schon oft in anderen südafrikanischen Städte von der Straße aus gesehen habe.

    Viel Geschichte wurde in diesen Straßen geschrieben und die Sowetaner erzählen mir Stolz, dass von hier aus der landesweite Kampf gegen das Apartheid-Regime begann. Am Anfang stand der Schülerprotest 1976 in Soweto, welcher brutalst niedergeschlagen wurde. Einem der Schüler, welche damals starben, Hector Pieterson, wurde stellvertretend ein Museum gewidmet. Genau wie das Haus von Nelson Mandela und von Desmond Tutu besuchten wir auch dieses Museum und die Straßen, durch welche der Marsch ging.

    Die beiden letzten Tage waren sicherlich mit die beeindruckendsten meines Aufenthaltes hier. Wenn Kinder extra über die Straße rennen, um Dir einmal die Hand zu geben, wird mir schon bewusst, wie exotisch ein Besuch hier ist!

    Im Hostel genoss ich die Privatsphäre in meinem Baumhaus und das leckere Essen. Endlich durfte ich auch "bunny chow" probieren: eine ursprünglich indische Spezialität, welche aus Durban bekannt ist, welche ich dort aber nicht fand. Es handelt sich dabei um ein ausgehöhlt, halbes Brotlaib, das mit verschiedenen Strews gefüllt und auf der Hand gegessen wird.

    Nun geht's gleich nach Johannesburg in den wohlhabenden (weißen) Vorort Northcliff zu Bekannten meiner Mutter. 18km verbinden diese beiden Welten...
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  • Day20

    Arrived in Pretoria

    July 13 in South Africa

    After an early start andlong drive from the farm on Wednesday we arrived to Charl's place in Pretoria around 4:30pm and quickly unpacked the car before heading to Aunty Suzette's daughters 30th birthday (no time for a shower or change of clothes mind you). Natasha and I were both tired after the long day so we did not stay long.

    Thursday we we finished unpacking stuff from the car and then Charl took us out to show us around Pretoria. We visited Hartbeestoop and went up the cable car to the top which showed great views over the Dam and surrounding suburbs. We then went to Jasmyn to the big markets and book shop which are in inside an old Dutch windmill. It was much like Fremantle markets but much cheaper.

    Today we are doing a big clean up for the weekend when we are hosting many friends and family for lunch for Natasha to see and catch up.
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  • Day22

    Party house

    July 15 in South Africa

    Wow, hosting 2 parties in someone else's house is hard work.

    Yesterday we had some of Natasha school friends for a braai (I thought it was lunch but we did not start cooking until after 4pm.....). It was great to meet Natasha's school friends may of which she had not seen in over 5 years. We ended up staying up very late sitting around the fire chatting.

    This morning Natasha was up early cooking for today's lunch with some more family. We had a wonderful afternoon meeting family eating and drinking.Read more

  • Day25

    Exploring Pretoria

    July 18 in South Africa

    This week Charl had to return to work meanwhile we were given the keys to Ariza's old car to go exploring.

    After sleeping in on Monday we went to a local gun accessory shop to find a holster for one of my guns. They did not have any in stock but had some on order arriving today. We then headed off to visit one of Natasha's old teachers which she was very close to, Ouma Tinnie. Natasha had a great catch up with her over coffee and many photo albums. By 4pm we were getting very hungry as we had not had lunch yet so we detoured to a large shopping center called Kolonnade where we had fish and chips for lunch before walking around all the shops. On the way home we drove past Natasha old house and where she used to work. Unfortunately it was dark now so it was hard to see everything.

    Tuesday we were up early as we had booked into a safari tour and close encounter with cub lions and a Cheetah. We also got to feed giraffes which was cool.
    After the safari we drove a short way to visit Natasha's step sister Nadia who had a stone factory and she showed us all around and explained the making process. Tuesday night we met with Nadia and her brother William for dinner at a great Italian restaurant near home.

    Today Natasha took one of the dogs to the vet as she had a wound on her back leg that was infected. While I was sleeping and doing some washing.
    When they returned we went to get lunch at a near by tea garden before heading to pick up my new holster.
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  • Day31

    Drawing to a close

    July 24 in South Africa

    Wow the month has gone so fast and has been so full. After a wonderful time at Dikololo over the weekend.
    On the way back to Pretoria we stopped in to see Nadia at her factory. Then stopped home to unload the car before going to meet Charl at his work.
    Charl took us to Menlyn Shopping Centre to see if we could find a replacement sweater for Natasha as the dogs decided to eat one of hers. Unfortunately we had no luck finding one 😢
    For dinner Ouma Rina invited us over for soup so Natasha and I headed there after the shopping whilst Charl come home.

    Today we took Luna back to the vet for a checkup of the wound on her foot. Vet said it is healing well but needs more time. Natasha also went for a hair cut while I finished off packing my bags and doing the washing.

    In the evening we took a drive to a butcher shop called Kings Meat Deli that have game meats, as well as normal meats, where I got some steaks and fillets of Eland, Kudu, Ostrich and blesbok which we cooked over a coal braai. The different meats tasted great!
    Some of the other meats were cut into huge portions. You can get small, medium, large, Xlarge or MAN SIZE! Check out the 1.1kg T-bone below for only $13.20. The meat prices here were very good.
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  • Day32

    Bye South Africa!

    May 19 in South Africa

    Nach knapp emene Monet, fascht 5'000km und sicher es paar Kilo Biltong-Verzehr (v.a. Kudu Trochefleisch) durch de Sämy verabschiedemer eus hüt vu Südafrika. Mer sind vu dem wunderschöne Land, mit de vilne Attraktione und nette Lüt sehr positiv überrascht worde.
    Hakuna matata, TIA - this is Africa!

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Gauteng, خاوتينغ, Гаутенг, Ĥaŭtengo, Gautengi provints, خاوتنگ, Gauteng-sén, חאוטנג, ハウテン州, 하우텡 주, Chrysotopia, Gautengas, Hautena, ग्वाटेंग, iGauteng, گاؤتنگ, Provincia Gauteng, Gauteng Gobol, Хаутенг, Kgauteng, Ґаутенг, GAU, Kautiän, IPhondo yaRhawuti, 豪登省, IGauteng

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