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Day 11: Farewell to the Zulu Village, Then Durban to Pretoria

We woke up in the Zulu town of Maphephetheni, had breakfast, and returned to Durban. I purchased our bus tickets to Pretoria on the Intercape and then spent a few hours at The Pavilion Mall with another couple we met. We left Durban at 10 PM for an overnight ride to Pretoria. Continue reading

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Day 10: 24 Hours with the Zulu

We spent the day today in the Zulu village of Maphephetheni (Ma-fe-fe-tha-nee) in the Valley of a Thousand Hills in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. We were taken to the village healer, or sangoma, and then went down to the spring to learn about the Zulu marriage process. The rest of the day was spent hanging out in the village and watching some Zulu dancing by the children. 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 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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