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    • Day2

      In Pretoria

      October 10 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

      Pretoria ist die Hauptstadt Südafrikas. Wir fuhren mit dem Bus von unserer traumhaften Lodge dorthin und besichtigen zunächst das Voortrekker- Denkmal. Unser Guide bringt uns die Geschichte Südafrikas anschaulich näher. Das Denkmal soll an die vielen holländischen und auch deutschen Auswanderer erinnern, die auf Ochsenkarren kommend, das Land besiedelt haben! Nelson Mandela steht eindrucksvoll im Regierungsviertel, von wo er nach seiner Haftentlassung seine große Rede gehalten hat!
      Pretoria wird auch die Jacaranda-Stadt genannt! Das Blütenmeer der Bäume und der Duft ist überwältigend.
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      Traveler

      Oh ….wunderschön 🫶

      10/10/22Reply
      Traveler

      🙂 👍 das sieht ja wirklich richtig toll aus. Ja, sowas muss man einfach live erleben👍. Last es euch gut gehen und habt ganz viel Freude bei eurer Tour. LGrüße aus der Heimat 🙋‍♀️🥰

      10/11/22Reply
      Traveler

      Ja in der Regierungshauptstadt mit allen wichtigen Botschaften legen sie sich ins Zeug! 👋😅

      10/11/22Reply
       
    • Day81

      Pretoria

      June 4, 2020 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Eine Tasse habe ich doch noch gefunden. Das wird langsam echt schwierig. Pretoria. Sogar in lila.

      1998 war ich dort einige Zeit zum Arbeiten dort. Es war die lokale SAP Messe und ich hatte unseren Partner bei der Vorbereitung unterstützt. Das waren tiefe Einblicke in ein wunderbares Land, allerdings mit vielen Problemen.
      Am Ende kam Tamara und Heinz nach und wir sind von Cape Town nach Namibia hochgefahren.
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    • Day3

      Union Buildings

      October 31 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Da wir noch etwas Zeit hatten, sind wir noch auf die andere Seite von Pretoria zu den Union Buildungs gefahren. Eine sehr tolle gepflegte Anlage mit einer mannshohen Mandela Statue. Das Gebäude darf man leider nicht besichtigen.
      Die Union Buildings ( Afrikaans : Uniegebou ) bilden den offiziellen Sitz der südafrikanischen Regierung und beherbergen auch die Büros des Präsidenten von Südafrika . Die imposanten Gebäude befinden sich in Pretoria auf Meintjieskop am nördlichen Ende von Arcadia , in der Nähe des historischen Kirchplatzes und des Voortrekker-Denkmals . Die großen Gärten der Gebäude liegen zwischen der Government Avenue, der Vermeulen Street East, der Church Street, der R104 und der Blackwood Street. Die Fairview Avenue ist eine geschlossene Straße, über die nur Beamte die Union Buildings betreten können. Obwohl sie sich nicht im Zentrum von Pretoria befinden, besetzen die Union Buildings den höchsten Punkt von Pretoria und bilden ein südafrikanisches nationales Kulturerbe . 
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    • Day8

      Outra vez Joanesburgo

      January 3, 2020 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

      Neste último dia fomos a Pretória - Union Buildings and Gardens - e, em Joanesburgo visitámos Constitution Hill e Montecasino.
      Union Buildings (Uniegebou em africanse) é a residência oficial e sede do gabinete do Presidente da África do Sul. Foi construído em 1910 e tem estilo vitoriano. Tem cerca de 285 metros de fachada e possui forma circular, com asas laterais que representam a união do povo outrora dividido e as duas línguas mais faladas do país, o inglês e o africâner.Os seus jardins estão plantados exclusivamente com espécies da flora sul-africana e possuem diversos monumentos e um anfiteatro com nove mil lugares.
      Constitution Hill foi uma prisão até 1998. Aqui estiveram presos homens e mulheres de renome mundial - Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Joe Slovo, Albertina Sisulu, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela e Fátima Meer, todos cumpriram pena aqui. Para além deles também aqui estiveram confinados dezenas de milhares de pessoas comuns durante seus 100 anos de história: homens e mulheres de todas as raças, credos, idades e agendas políticas, o homem comum e a elite. A história de todo sul-africano está aqui presente. Muitas das pessoas que aqui estiveram não cometeram qualquer crime. Apenas foram presas por serem negras e estarem na rua fora das horas de recolher obrigatório.
      Montecasino é isso mesmo, um casino com uma centro comercial envolvente.
      E é assim que deixamos a Africa do Sul, com vontade de ter ficado mais um pouco. É um país demasiadamente grande. Devemos ter visto 1% do que há para ver!
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    • Day2

      Fahrt nach Polokwane plus Lionpark

      July 25, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      Vom Flughafen aus starteten wir heut Vormittag mit nur kleinen Anfangsschwierigkeiten im Linksverkehr (und Lenkrad rechts!) einen kleinen Ausflug -zu einem erstmal sehr touri-mäßigen Punkt auf unserer Reise- dem "Lion&Safari Park" in der Nähe von Prettoria, um Giraffen zu füttern und Löwenbabys zu streicheln!🦁
      Nun "genießen" wir gerade die 3-stündige Fahrt zu unserem ersten Domizil in Polokwane😂
      Vor Sonnenuntergang angekommen ✅
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      Traveler

      Oh wie toll!!! Lennart ist total begeistert! Lasst euch nicht fressen :-*

      7/25/17Reply
      Traveler

      Wow! Die Reise beginnt direkt mit einem Highlight, so soll es sein! Ich wünsche euch noch unzählige unvergessliche Momente wie diese! Passt auf euch auf und kommt heile zurück! 😘

      7/25/17Reply
       
    • Day33

      Johannesburg und Pretoria

      November 3, 2018 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Morgens geht es auf den Neighbourgoods Market in Johannesburg. Unser Host hat uns am Abend zuvor gebrieft wie wir uns am besten in Johannesburg zu verhalten haben. Bereits beim Parken merken wir, dass Johannesburg anders ist als alle anderen Städte zuvor. Eine wirklich skurrile Ecke in der sich der Markt befindet. Direkt kommt ein Typ auf uns zu, der uns ganz freundlich erklären will, dass wir ein Parkticket brauchen um auf den Markt zu gehen und will uns zu einem Geldautomaten führen. Wir sind skeptisch und erkundigen uns bei Menschen am Markt, die uns bestätigen, dass das Parken umsonst ist. Die Stimmung verändert sich sofort auf dem Markt! Viele freundliche Menschen, bunte Stände, köstliches Essen und gute Stimmung. Wir frühstücken ausgiebig und machen uns danach auf den Weg zu einem weiteren kleinen Markt außerhalb von Johannesburg. Wir umrunden einen Stausee, merken wie geregelt der Verkehr in Deutschland ist und kommen in Pretoria an. Sightseeing: Union Building und Voortrekker Monument
      Abends sind wir zum Dinner eingeladen (die Einladung erreichte mich bereits vor 8 Jahren in Neuseeland). Herzlichkeit, gute und witzige Unterhaltungen, leckeres Essen und eine Stimmung als hätten wir uns erst gestern gesehen erwarten uns bei Tessa und Philip! Was für tolle Menschen:)
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    • Day26

      Pretoria

      April 22, 2012 in South Africa ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

      Monday 23rd April – Final Stage to Pretoria

      Our final day on the road dawned fine and clear. I awoke early and wondered around the campsite listening for any sounds that would indicate that someone else was awake. It was not long after sunrise that the still air was shattered by the reverberating sound of a large rifle shot. On the other side of the camp the two remaining donkeys were grazing innocently among the trees. It made me feel nauseous and I realised that I was ready to leave Mabula Game Lodge and get away from this type of mentality.

      Our destination for the day was the city of Pretoria, the administrative centre of this half of Africa. The South African parliament sits in Pretoria for 6 months of the year and in Cape Town for the other 6 months, apparently in an attempt to appease both sides of the nation. The actual drive should not have taken too long but we found ourselves hopelessly delayed by massive road works for no less than 60 kilometres. We had to stop frequently and wait for directions to proceed through the dust ahead. This slow progress meant that we did not arrive in Pretoria until late in the afternoon.

      Pretoria is a large city with a population of approximately 2 million people. It is a sister city to the larger Johannesburg which is about 40 km away. As we followed the freeway to the city centre I could not help thinking that it looked a lot like Melbourne (or any other modern city for that matter). The Union Building is situated at the highest point in the city and offers a panoramic view over the entire Pretoria region. This imposing building is the official seat of the South African Government. We stopped to admire the view and to wander through the manicured gardens opposite. This also gave us the final opportunity to do some friendly bargain hunting from the traders selling handicrafts in the street. All through the trip I had been admiring the painted ostrich eggs which had been selling in every market place. It was outside the Union Building in Pretoria that I finally became the proud owner of an egg of my own, although I wondered how I would get it safely all the way back to Australia.

      We climbed back aboard the bus and drove for another hour or so to our hotel near the airport. It may have been near the airport, but it was not near anything else. We appeared to right in the middle of an industrial zone next to the freeway.
      Although the TV in our room did not work, the bed was warm, and it was a nice way to finish our last night in Africa.
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    • Day25

      Exploring Pretoria

      July 18, 2018 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      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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    • Day3

      Cradle of human kind - Botanical Garden

      February 11, 2019 in South Africa ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

      Second day in South Africa - Pretoria
      Alarm set for 7.45. A huge expensive breakfast waits for us downstairs in the hotel. The room is full of young teenage boys from a sport team in Argentina. We decide to sit and have our breakfast outside, in the “peaceful” garden where you can hear the car running outside, the loud minivan carrying around people and the people talking loudly in the streets.

      After breakfast we pick up our bags and we are ready to drive to the cradle of humankind! Huge expectations and tons of energies with us.
      The drive is easy and pleasant, we put some music. The roads are large and straight. At some point it starts raining heavily and we are happy to be inside the car.

      We arrive to the caves and we are welcomed by the guide that invites us to buy the tickets and start visiting a small museum dedicated to the human history and than start the tour of the caves at 11.00
      The museum brought us back to primary school, learning the different kind of “homos” and observing the creation of the earth.

      At 11.00 we start the tour. The guide is a funny guy that tells a lot of interesting stories about the Stone Age, about the anatomy of the first men, about the explorers that found the fossils. The caves themselves are not that interesting. The only remarkable part is a 60 meters underground lake that according to the guide is longer than 50km and no one knows how deep it is.

      After the visit at the caves we move to the museum. A perfect experience for families with children, we found it a bit useless.
      A trip on a boat (amusements park alike) explains you how the earth was created, and after that an exposition teaches you everything about Stone Age and evolution. In the middle of the exhibition the electricity shout down. Everyone stayed calm, put out their phone and lamps and kept visiting the museum. We wondered if that’s something they are used to. We looked around a bit worried, nobody came to say something about the electricity. We kept going around, but soon enough we got bored and tired and we left the museum.

      We are now back in the car, direction: botanical garden.
      Once there we immediately look for lunch, is now 3pm and we don’t eat anything since breakfast. We find a small bar with tables under big trees and a lot of little birds jumping around. We order a sandwich and a big smoothie.
      Happy and recovered after the food, we start exploring the park. We are looking for Tassies, small chubby animals that live in this area. We found tons of them walking around and enjoying the sun. We manage to take a lot of pictures.
      The garden is nice! There is a waterfall and a lot of plants and birds.

      After checking the garden out from our list, we move to the shopping center where the Hard Rock Cafe is situated. Fuffi collects her t-shirt and we buy a 5 liters bottle of water for the trip of tomorrow.

      Is now time to decide the plan for the evening. We would like to go some nice place to have a walk or to drink something, but we are a bit scared by the experience of yesterday. We decide to check the area of the university by car. We drive around for a long time, in the end we find a street with some restaurants and bars. We decide to leave the car in a guarded parking and then we go exploring. My head is now exploding for headache, I’m tired and not hungry. The place apparently has only fast foods that don’t look so interesting.
      In the end we find a bar decorated with hearts for valentine that seems quite fancy and upper class to be safe enough.
      We enter for a cocktail and we order some appetizer. The cocktails are really nice, the food is good and the boy that serves us is really nice and interested in our trip and our life in Europe. He chat with us a while and says that he hopes we will meet again. Happy and tired we go back to the hotel. Is now time for a shower, some phonecalls and a good night of sleep.
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    • Day2

      Pretoria

      February 10, 2019 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      First day in South Africa - Pretoria

      The day started finding Francesca in the queue of the passport controls, which was a very pleasant surprise, since the queue was very long and the airport very big!
      Getting the car was a real adventure! After a very long queue, the guy tried first to give us the wrong car!
      Driving was easier than expected, and I got used to it quite fast!

      After checking in at the Hotel 224 in Pretoria m, we took a shower, made a plan for the afternoon and then directly out in the street!

      The experience in the city was not as expected! The city is chaotic, very noisy, dirty and gives a huge feeling of danger! People often stared at us, made comments about us and talked loud. We took dinner at KFC, the cash had a cage in front of it to divide the staff from the clients!!!

      We decided it was best to get home before darkness and spend the evening safe at the hotel!
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