THANK YOU, SOUTH AFRICA!
I'll conclude my last post with this wonderful quote from a strong, caring, intelligent, diplomatic, and forgiving man, the great Madiba.
These are my travel experiences beginning in 2006 with my Peace Corps service in Morocco. At the request of friends and my own desire to document, I continued blogging my journeys to other countries as well as in the U. S. I am currently serving as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer in South Africa. The content of this blog is mine alone, and does not reflect any position of the U. S. government or the Peace Corps
The Big Sky country of Montana is home sweet home!
|My clothes dryer|
Susie Weinreis and John Enright arrived first on Thursday night. We rode the Gautrain to Pretoria on Friday, got a taxi, and toured the Voortrekkers Museum and the Union Buildings (the primary capitol of SA), then back to Joburg in time to greet the next group: Pam and Terry Keel, Dale Davis and Jackie Warner, and Ann Sadler. Saturday we did the Red Bus hop on/hop off, seeing the city/area, visiting the Apartheid Museum, then going to Ellis Park for rugby.
Rugby game was a hit with my visitors! Springboks vs New Zealand. Same teams as in movie "Invictus" and it couldn't have been a more exciting match~many locals later told me it was the best Rugby game ever in South Africa.
Deane Bell and Rufo Calvo arrived late Saturday night, then Sunday morning our driver picked the ten of us up and we headed to Hoedspruit to a game reserve near Kruger Park, called Tshukudu. Saw lots of antelope, water buffalo, petted cheetahs and leopards, a few elephant and giraffes, rhinos.
Dr. Livingstone, I presume? His named island on the Zambia side of the Zambezi River, where we all visited, and a few daredevils in our group did the "Devil's Pool."
|Victoria Falls from Zimbabwe side. Look closely and see the people in Devil's Pool. I chickened out before we even got there and believe it was a wise decision!|
|Do you see the arm of the person on the right? That's how close they are to the edge of the Falls (a 300' drop)|
|Victoria Falls near Devil's Pool - Zambia side. Devil's Pool is behind me. On to the Cape!|
Boulders Beach - Cape Point. We hired a driver and van and spent the day going to the southernmost point of South Africa on the Cape of Good Hope, had a wonderful lunch, saw these wonderful creatures as well.
Pam and Terry at Good HopeTook a ferry ride over to Robben Island, where Mandela was held as a political prisoner for 23 years. The guides at the now-defunct prison facility are former political prisoners. Unfortunately, he has some interesting things to say, but it was very difficult to understand his heavy accent.
View of the coast line driving back to Cape Town from the Point.
Jackie and Dale enjoying another great lunch, this time at Camp's Bay alongside the Indian Ocean.
My roommate Ann and I showing off our tribal paint at a restaurant in Cape Town. A multi-course dinner following a drumming lesson. More fun!