Arriving in Johannesburg

QF63 Arrives in Johannesburg 3:35pm, it's been a long 15 hour flight, we amused ourselves by drinking, eating and sleeping.  We had a 2 hour wait for our transfer to our accommodation at Drifters Inn.  

Arrive at Drifters Inn 6pm, Fi and I are exhausted, went down to the main shopping centre to 'Steers' restaurant - good old American burgers -NOT -.

We walked back to Inn in bed 8:30pm, awake now for 28 hrs, (I think we carried a knife with us for this walk)

Yippee we are here!
Yippee we are here!

Tara waiting to say cheers
Tara waiting to say cheers

Tara & Fiona toasting being in Sth Africa
Tara & Fiona toasting being in Sth Africa

On Our Way to Capetown

Continental breakfast at the Inn, we re-packed our luggage and left our suitcases at the Inn.

Flight BA6411 arrives in Capetown 12:25pm.  Went to Leighs house 'LUSH' to unpack and get changed, went for lunch at DIAS Portuguese Restaurant then to LeMed for drinks and party party party, met Grant & Wayne, came home 12pm called Brian Leigh's brother.  Watched Leigh bungy jump, drank scotch and passed out.  Lush day. 

Adventure to Cape of Good Hope

I bought a street beggar a sandwich.  Our hire car arrived, Ford Laser Tracer, we went to Cavandish Shopping Centre bought postcards, stamps and bubblegum for the kids and had a morning snack at 'Juicy Lucy'.

Then we left for the Cape of Good Hope via the Indian Ocean coast road to Muizenberg where we bought a bikini for Fi, me a watch band, wallet & thongs, then down via Fish Hoek, Simon's Town, then to Cape Point for lunch, wrote postcards, saw a baboon, very scary, then headed back to Camp Bay on the Atlantic Ocean via Scarborough, Kommetjie, Chapman Bay, Hoet Bay and Llandudno.  Then to LeMed for seafood dinner to watch sunset, we got lost trying to get back to Rondenbosch, very funny.

At LeMed for sundowners
At LeMed for sundowners
Dancing at sunset with the wind in our hair
Dancing at sunset with the wind in our hair

The Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront

Shopping again at Cavandish - Claremont's Shopping Centre then to Clifton Beach # 3 to sun-bake and write more postcards.  Then to The Waterfront - cocktails in all the bars then the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner and long Island tea.

Leigh took us to Cafe Siren Main Rd Claremont, upstairs outdoor night club.  Real 80's music, met some men one that talked too fast a haridresser named Archie who said he will be in England Feb 1997 and he'll write to catch-up.

Hard Rock Cafe - The Waterfront, Capetown
Hard Rock Cafe - The Waterfront, Capetown

Brass Bell – Water Adventure

We slept til 12:30pm then Leigh took us to the Brass Bell in Kalk Bay to see a band 'The Usual', lots of rednecks, funny time.  The surf was go rough it was hitting the glass wall behind the band, pretty scary if you think about water and electricity, no-one got hurt.

The Brass Bell - Kalk Bay, getting smashed by waves
The Brass Bell - Kalk Bay, getting smashed by waves

The Brass Bell - Kalk Bay, getting smashed by waves
The Brass Bell - Kalk Bay, getting smashed by waves

Doodles for dinner then to LeMed and met a German named Uwe and partied til 5:30am.

Signal Hill

The boys by the pool
The boys by the pool

Slept til 2pm went for a drive up to Signal Hill, the view looks over Capetown, you can see the Waterfront and Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held as a political prisoner for 18 of the 27 years that he was incarcerated before the end of apartheid.

Then to Llandudno to Grant & Daves house, then for dinner at Mariners Wharf seafood platter; lobster, mussels, prawns, fish R135/$40 YUMMO!!!

The view from the house
The view from the house
The view from the other side of the pool
The view from the other side of the pool

Stellenbosch

Up at 8am went to Claremont Shops bought Leigh a book on Australia, he better come to oz, had more film developed.

Then to Stellenbosch to the wineries for wine tasting at Neethlingshof, Backsberg via Franschhoek then met Wayne at a pub in Stellenbosch then to 'Spier' for lunch - very Mediterranean setting, sitting next to green grass and vines eating lunch outside under huge canvas umbrellas about 40°C, we are  behind the  mountain so no wind.  At some point we had to go inside it was too hot.

Then we met Grant & Dave at LeMed for sunset and heaps of cocktails.

Grant & Tara
Grant & Tara
Tara, Leigh & Fiona enjoying cocktails at LeMed
Tara, Leigh & Fiona enjoying cocktails at LeMed

Hillbrow

Re-packed and said goodbye to Leigh & Capetown. Leigh said to find the Rattlesnake Bar & Restaurant.

Good flight to Johburg BA 6412 arrived 2:35pm.

We drove through Hillbrow - very black & rough lots of crime the ghetto of Johburg.

We packed for safari, then walked down to shops and got pizza takeaway, sat downstairs at Drifters Inn and met some more round the world travelers. Early night.

Hillbrow street corner
Hillbrow street corner

Hillbrow alleyway
Hillbrow alleyway

Heading to Safari

7am started the drive to Fals Bay via Standerton, Volksrust, Newcastle, Vryheid, Melmoth, Empangeni, Mtubatuba & St Lucia to the Drifters Inn (you will notice most places in Sth Africa are called Drifters Inn) a private camping ground in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve (pronounced 'Shoosh-loo-wee' ), we arrived at 7pm, our tour guide Wayne is cool he lives South of Durban, full surfie dude. 

We made camp, had dinner mince with vegies and rice, beer & scotch in bed by 11pm.

Fi was scared so I gave her a sleeping tablet, we slept ok a little bit nervous, I haven't camped for many years.  Driving into camp there were Reed Bucks at the entrance.

Reed Bucks
Reed Bucks

Our wheels for safari
Our wheels for safari

The view most of the way
The view most of the way

Zululand Tribe

Woke at 7am, breakfast then we headed to Fals Bay for a bush walk we saw a warthog, little bit nervous.

Warthog which we thought was a rock when we approached it
Warthog which we thought was a rock when we approached it
Tara rescuing a fish with her thong
Tara rescuing a fish with her thong

Tara enjoying the surf - I'm sure there's sharks in here
Tara enjoying the surf - I'm sure there's sharks in here

Time to get out and go to Zululand
Time to get out and go to Zululand

 11am Zululand - DumaZulu Tribe  we saw weapon making, shield making, clay pots, huts, bead making and traditional dancing.  They supplied lunch chicken tandoori, steak, salads, corn meal & beer.

The tribe has 42 members, men marry to their satisfaction (11 cows/wife) approximately 1 - 3 wives in this tribe & 1 -5 children/wife, husband spends equal time with wives (no favouring)...otherwise the other wives will kill the favoured one.

Hluhluwe (Shoosh-loo-wee) – Imfolozi Park

Woke 4am no breakfast, headed straight for the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park Reserve, we were there for 10 hours driving around looking at rhino, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, impala, nyala, warthog, water buck, red duiker, babboon, hairy back humans (Afrikaners), cape vulture, white back vulture, woolly-necked stork, glossy ibis, long-tailed widowbird, dung (shit) beetle, yellow-billed kite, flying ants, mongoose, hornet, tick birds, they sit on the animals and clean them, wilder-beasts, only white rhinos.

Arrive back at camp 4pm for BBQ.

The usual place to be for sun-downers
The usual place to be for sun-downers

Fi enjoying a much deserved swim and ale
Fi enjoying a much deserved swim and ale

Royal Natal National Park

Breakfast 8am, left Inn 9am to head to the Royal Natal National Park for a 24km walk up the gorge.  Beautiful scenery, mountains covered in clouds, greenness, waterfalls.  Fi walked ahead of us which isn't advisable as there are baboons and leopards, as we got closer to Fi she was frozen with fear, she said "something is watching her" we didn't see any animals but you knew they were there.  We had lunch in the gorge then we walked back through the gorge and returned to the Inn for a rest.  Had dinner at 7:30pm, then sat in the bar til 12am.