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Trip Start May 03, 2011
129Trip End May 10, 2012
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Carolīs Swanky Pad
While Johannesburg is not one of South Africa's three capital cities, it is the seat of the Constitutional Court, which has the final word on interpretation of South Africa's new post-Apartheid constitution. The city is the source of a large-scale gold and diamond trade, due to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills.
According to the 2007 Community Survey, the population of the municipal city was 3,888,180 and the population of the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Area was 7,151,447
We decided to drive from Cape Town to Joburg even though the 14 hour drive did seem a little bit daunting. We set off early and drove through the Western Cape, Northen Cape, Karoo and Free State. The scenery was magnificent and totally "Africa", as you would expect. The roads were pretty clear of other cars and so were able to fully enjoy the scenery on our long drive. The only annoying thing was the amount of roadblocks due to road maintenance. This must have added an additional 2 hours onto our journey.
We arrived in Vanderbijlpark quite late to visit Robīs family (ma, pa, Susie & Gethyn) for the night. After a good sleep and a hearty breakfast we set off for central Joburg and headed to Susie and Gethynīs place. South Africa has been all about the dogs with BiBi and Dex (James and Fiīs dogs) in Cape Town and Pacman and Vesper (Susie and Gethynīs dogs) in Joburg. Pacman and Vesper are also very cute and a little bit mischievous too so we played with the dogs for a while and caught up with Susie and then set off to spend the afternoon at Johannesburg Lion Park
After the Lion Park we headed over to Carolīs where we were staying for the rest of the time in Joburg. It was great to see Carol again and lots of hugging and kissing followed. She looks great and clearly life in Joburg agrees with her. It is not surprising as she has a massive house with a swimming pool and sun terrace to enjoy those long days of sunshine. We had a quick catch up and then it was straight out for dinner and drinks with lots of Robīs old friends Carol, Susie, Gethyn, Saskia, Julia, Jeremy, Sheena, Rob, Lee & Jamie. I think we probably bored the pants off everyone with our tales of the world and not working for a year.
The next day was full of more catching up as we visited Sean, Ruth and Mikey who have recently moved back to SA from London
The socializing continued on Sunday as Rob went to his momīs 60th birthday dinner and Nick went to see some movies. We then both caught up with another of Robīs best friends from London, Daabs. We had missed her on Friday night as she was in Zimbabwe and so it was lovely to see her and hear all of her news over coffee. She looked fantastic and happy, probably something to do with her being “loved up” with a dairy farmer.
Monday was the first day that we got to relax and chill out and we just lazed about the house and then went into Sandton and caught another movie. Monday night was a braai with Carolīs family (Janet, Cyril, Rob, Mariska & Paul Brett) and we had a real hoot with Carolīs mom who is seriously funny and had us in total stitches. It was a lovely end to our few days in Joburg.
We have had such a fantastic time in South Africa this time. It has been amazing spending time with Robīs mom and dad, Susie and Gethyn and Fi, James, Carol (& family), Belinda, Mike, Daabs, Sheena, Rob, Sean, Ruth and all of Robīs other chums. It goes without saying that after such an amazing few days Joburg scores a massive 10/10 on our tripometer.