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Day 9: A Day In Durban, South Africa

We spent today walking around central Durban and the beach area along the Indian Ocean. Visited the Victoria Street Market which is the main area of Indian culture and markets. Saw the Juma Mosque, which is the largest mosque in the entire southern hemisphere. We ate some bunny chow and then spent a few hours at the beach and uShaka Marine World area. In the evening, we returned to our backpacker lodge. Continue reading

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Day 8: Rovos Rail Journey Ends at Durban, South Africa

Today was the last day of the Rovos Rail train journey. Our morning excursion was at the Ardmore Ceramic Gallery. Following that, the final route of the train went through the Valley of a Thousand Hills before reaching Durban. There, we checked into the Hippo Hide Backpackers Lodge. Continue reading

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Day 7: Rovos Rail and Safari Drives

We spent a large chunk of time on the second day of our Rovos Rail journey off the train. There were two excursions that were planned for the guests. The first one was a morning drive through the private Nambiti Game Reserve, which lasted for about 4 hours. The afternoon excursion was either another game drive around Spionkop Nature Reserve or a tour of the battlefields where the Battle of Spionkop was fought during the Second Anglo-Boer War . Following the afternoon activity, a South African braai (BBQ) was held at the Spioenkop Lodge. Returning back to the train well after sunset, I spent the next several hours at the bar in the Observation Car speaking with a couple of the hostesses about Rovos Rail and life in South Africa. Continue reading

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Day 6: The Rovos Rail – Pretoria to Durban

Today began our three day journey on the five star train service dubbed as the Pride of Africa on the Rovos Rail. We began at the Capital Park Station in Pretoria and checked into our suite after the orientation. The train itself has been rebuilt to the specifications of the classic Edwardian trains of the early 20th century and is very ornate throughout all of the suites and public cars. Lunch and dinner was served in the dining car with multicourse offerings for each meal. Dinner was much more formal and was set to candlelight. A good portion of the day was spent in the Observation Car at the very back of the train meeting the other guests and watching the landscape. Continue reading

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Day 5 – Last Day in Cape Town and AfricaCom

Our last day in Cape Town. Attended second day of Africa Com and then spent the afternoon walking around the city centre and experimenting with digital camera. Dinner was taken at a South African cuisine restaurant called Mama Africa. Checked out of hotel and returned to Cape Town airport and flew out to Johannesburg with regional airline Kulula. Continue reading

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Day 4 – AfricaCom and Table Mountain

AfricaCom opened today at the Cape Town International Convention Center. I went and spent the first half of the day there. Around mid afternoon, walked up to Table Mountain and went up to the plateau summit. Hiked around and waited for sunset to take pictures. Continue reading

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Day 3 – To the Ends of Africa

On this day, we took a drive out to the Cape Peninsula to visit the famous Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. In addition, we ended up seeing a few animals including the zebra, the eland, baboons, and ostrich. Next, we drove out to Boulder Beach in Simon’s Town and saw a penguin colony. Continue reading

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Day 2 – Walking Around Cape Town

The second day here in Cape Town turned out to be cloudy and rainy, so going up to the summit of Table Mountain was useless. Instead, we spent the day walking around the city centre of Capetown and seeing some of the old buildings and gardens. The evening found us at a South African restaurant called Karibu where I tried the ostrich fillet. Continue reading

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Day 1 in South Africa — Arrival, Cape Town, and Robben Island

We landed in Cape Town after a 12 hour flight from London. On the way to the hotel, saw quite a number of shanty towns crowded along the freeway. After checking in, we went out to Robben Island, the infamous island that was used to lock up political prisoners, lepers, and criminals since the 17th century. Continue reading

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The Night Before…

The night before our trip is to start. The bags are packed with gear and clothing. Lots of pens and pencils are also packed to hand out to local South Africans in the poor communities where they don’t always have the money to go out and purchase these items. Continue reading

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