South Africa

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  • Day372


    April 6 in South Africa

    The day we left the Victoria Falls we crossed the border into Botswana. It was the easiest border crossing by far and only took a few minutes, which was a nice change from the normal. From here we went straight to the Chobe National Park. We decided to opt for a boat safari here for something slightly different, it certainly wasn't a drunken affair like the previous two. It was a four hour boat cruise in the afternoon as the sun was setting where we saw elephants, baboons, hippos, a few mongoose, crocodiles and number of birds all coming to the water to drink. Nothing we hadn't seen before but it was very chilled and was a nice way to get to know our new group.
    We then had a few days on the road before heading to the Okavango Delta, this is the largest land based delta in Africa. This means that the delta or the river supplying the delta (the Zambezi River) never enters the sea or an ocean but rather floods forming the delta mentioned above. Therefore, it can grow or reduce in size depending on the season. On our first day we took a scenic flight over the Delta. Despite Susie's normal motion sickness she agreed to try again. After much planning and sickness tablets she managed to complete the hour flight unscathed!!! The scenery was amazing, allowing us to see all the animals from a better vantage point as well and the delta itself. I think Susie was just happy she wasn't sick!! The following day we took a local canoe along the narrow waterways for a two hour trip to what would be our campsite for the night. Again the canoe ride itself was extremely enjoyable, we were able to sit back, relax and watch the view while out local guide used a bamboo stick to navigate our route. Our campsite was typical bush camping, no shower and just a hole in the ground for a toilet which we used as little as possible. During the afternoon we were taken on a walking safari where we went into the delta to see the plants and any wild life we could come across. After sitting on a bus for hours at a time it was a nice change. We only managed to see some antelope and wildebeest but it was still a good afternoon. That evening we were given a show of local dance and music by our guides. It was .... Interesting, but a good laugh, luckily we weren't picked to get up and dance with them and it was more fun to laugh at the people who were.
    In the morning after another early start and a ride out if the delta we continued on our way towards Namibia.
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  • Day31

    Lesson for the real world

    August 28, 2017 in South Africa

    I was not a particularly good high school student. Mum says it's because I was bored and she is right, I just didn't find much of the content all that interesting or consider it particularly relevant for my future. So by and large, I tuned out. But there was one lesson that I do distinctly remember, it is still clear to this day and it's relevance has become much deeper over time.

    It was just another ordinary school day sometime in 1984 and I am sitting in the auditorium next to the library. I recall being towards the back because there was a TV on and the lesson was to watch the program BTN (Behind the News) and write our thoughts about it. The back was where I usually sat but on this day I was drawn to what was on TV and had to move to see it in more detail. They were talking about this thing that was happening in another part of the world, where white people and black people all lived in the same place but they had two sets of rules. The whites could do whatever they wanted to but the blacks were not allowed. There were suburbs only for the whites and the blacks had to live where they were told to live, and the thing I remember the most was that there were white buses and black buses and the blacks were not allowed on the white bus and the whites didn't want to go on the black one. At the end there were lots of questions and mostly around whether it was ever going to change, with the sentiment that day being that it wouldn't. White people are the superior skin colour and thats life. This was my first introduction to Apartheid and a lesson I would keep in my mind indefinitely. As a 13 year old all I remember thinking at the time was thank god I am white.

    Fast forward to another ordinary day in August 2017 and I find myself on Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. It was here that Nelson Mandela spent part of his prison time but also a place where ordinary citizens were imprisoned and dished out regular punishments in accordance with their skin colour. The white prisoners were protected and fed well, the coloureds and Indians (thanks to Mahatma Ghandi) had half the rights but the black Africans were publicly humiliated and starved. Long periods in solitary confinement were common with no real crime being committed. To pass the time and make their lives easier they created artworks out of their blankets and the guards would judge the art each week with the winner being provided with a little bit more food.

    Nelson Mandela was a strong freedom fighter for his people. Much has been documented about the Nobel Peace prize winner and his long and tiring fight (or walk) to freedom. He deserves every accolade he has ever received and there would be few people who have lived that have made such a significant contribution to human rights. But today it occurred to me when I saw a young white school girl put her arm around the shoulders of her black friend, did even Nelson Mandela have any idea that he was not just liberating his own people but everyone who would live in the future South Africa? I am not sure even the great man himself could have foreseen that outcome.

    So to my class of 1984, actually things did change. Apartheid was abolished in 1990, there were 4 years of civil unrest where more people died post Apartheid than during that period and during that time there was a change in the government leadership which resulted in Nelson Mandela being released unconditionally and taking a seat in parliament. The peace negotiations began and in 1994, the ANC lead by Mandela won the first democratic vote in South Africa. He finally saw his dream to lead the country and the benefits can been seen clearly today. That is not to say that there isn't still a divide but it's no longer legislative and really it's still early days.

    Oh and one final thing. Nelson Mandela didn't win the Nobel Peace Prize on his own. He shared it jointly with the white leader FW De Klerk who stood bravely to reject the ways of his people in order for all South Africans to experience freedom. He deserves a notable mention too.
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  • Day17

    Durch Swaziland nach Hluhluwe

    May 16 in South Africa

    Weiter geht's...ciao Krüger, ab nach Hluhluwe. Wir fahren mit dem Bus durch das Swaziland, der Schweiz Afrikas. Weil es so bergig und hügelig ist. Swaziland wird von einer absoluten Monarchie regiert, d.h. der König hat das sagen und sonst niemand. Ist aber im ganzen nicht so toll, für die Bevölkerung wie Koomy uns erklärt hat. Aber so ist nun mal Afrika, alles ein wenig kompliziert.

  • Day3

    Cape Town

    November 14, 2017 in South Africa

    Am dritten Tag unserer Reise stand nach einer Mütze Schlaf, die Erkundung der Stadt via Hop on/ Hop off auf dem Programm. Bei etwas bewölktem Himmel und einer ordentlichen Brise, war das aber genau das richtige um die Stadt in groben Zügen kennenzulernen. Nach der 2 1/2 stündigen fahrt meldete sich der Magen zu Wort und wir schlenderten gemütlich durch den V&A Food Market, an dem wirklich kein Wunsch offen bleibt. Nach dem Essen und einem Kaffee to go schlenderten wir an der V&A Waterfront entlang und bestaunten ein paar afrikanische Musiker und Künstler. Bei nur einer Stunde Sonne an diesem Tag, machten wir das beste daraus. Am Abend ging es noch fein ins Steak House, wo wir uns mit einer alten Studienkollegin von mir und ihrem Freund (die auch gerade hier Urlaub machen) verabredeten. Zum leckeren Steak durfte natürlich eine Flasche Pinotage nicht fehlen.Read more

  • Day4

    Musée de l'apartheid

    May 4, 2017 in South Africa

    Programme du jeudi: visite du musée de l'apartheid.
    Pas très joyeux mais très instructif. Le musée est immense, j'y passe 4h sans avoir le temps de lire toutes les longues explications qui expliquent comment cette situation est arrivée, détaillent la vie côté blancs et côté noirs/coloured durant cette politique, puis la montée révolutionnaire et la fin relativement récente de ce régime politique. Les images et propos qu'on découvre sont évidemment choquants. Toute une aile du musée est bien sûr consacré à Mandela, père de la nation.Read more

  • Day5

    Départ pour Kruger

    May 5, 2017 in South Africa

    Après un vendredi matin à buller, départ en début d'aprèm pour le parc Kruger avec notre voiture de location. Attention cela implique probablement une interruption des articles, en effet a priori pas de wifi au milieu des zèbres et girafes.
    Au pire du pire le prochain post sera donc mardi de Paris!

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