Durban, South Africa – August 1999

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Geography The doorway to Africa, from where you can head for the Hills, ramble with rhinos, dive with Dolphins, sun with the surfers, or laze with lions. Or relax, and have a cold one!! It is a real mix of English, Afrikaans, African, and Indian culture, with their unique histories apparent wherever you turn. Check […]

Cape Town, South Africa – August 1999

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As I sat down to write this article, it occurred to me that it has been a year to the day since I first arrived in Cape Town, for a three day stop over. A year later, I�m still here (although currently on sabbatical up north). So what is it about this town that makes […]

Ubumanzi Game Trails – South Africa

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This trail will really test your fitness, but offe

Johannesburg, South Africa – July 1999

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The election is over, the ANC won, (mostly) and we have a new president. The election was, in a word, boring. It’s so WEIRD! The really cool bit is that it makes a lie of “One man, one vote, ONCE!” It’s hopefully an indicator to some people to the North of how it’s SUPPOSED to […]

Durban, South Africa – July 1999

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Geography It is situated North of Cape Town, and South of Cairo, East of the Drakensberg and well West of Perth. It also has much better weather than all the above.. It is a real mix of English, Afrikaans, African, and Indian culture, with their unique histories apparent wherever you turn. Check out this site […]

Johannesburg, South Africa – June 1999

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Not much has changed since last month: we’re starting to accelerate into election mode, (our 2nd democratic elections) so a sort of gentle hysteria is building, along with weerd political slogans & promises. The oddest incident to date is the ANC having to withdraw a poster because it was deemed racist! Madiba, (AKA Nelson Mandela) […]

Kruger National Park, South Africa

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Kruger National Park is teeming with wildlife and

Johannesburg, South Africa May 1999

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Generally speaking, Backpackers only stop in Johannesburg because they HAVE to! (It’s a long haul from Harare to Cape Town.) Fairly recently, a reporter approached one of the Tourist Bureaux, and asked what there was to see. The reply was fairly typical: “Well….there’s Eastgate…” Eastgate is a Shopping Mall. Johannesburg has got to be one […]

Cape Town, South Africa – May 1999

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I had a lot of misconceptions about Cape Town. I imagined a dusty, dry place, dotted with big game reserves and ghettoes housing poor “Blacks”. I thought the “Whites” would be the most boorish, racist, unsophisticated lugs imaginable, and that nightlife would be reduced to chugging a few brews and munching some Boerwurst sausage. I […]