Exploring the African Continent
Trip Start Oct 26, 2007
54Trip End Oct 26, 2009
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AFRICA.. this is the segment of my trip I've been most excited and curious about. Well, here I am! I arrived in Cape Town after an unexpected two-day delay in Perth, Australia. My plane time had changed, and I had not called ahead to check! Won't do that again. The airlines were very good in that they booked me on the next available flight to Johannesburg, in two days time, at no charge.. which was lucky for me and generous of them. The delay was a blessing in disguise, as it gave me time to mail excess baggage to the UK, finish postcards to mail from Australia (I do have a tendency to mail postcards from countries other than the one they feature in their photo!) and do laundry. Life was good.
I spent just the one night in Johannesburg, then flew out the next morning to Cape Town
CAPE TOWN - My friend Gary Gorski's first cousin Val Markowski has lived in Cape Town for the last five years, and when I contacted her to say I was going to be in the area, she promptly invited me to stay with herwww.beautifulgate-rsa.org, to find out more.
Val took me on a Cape Town tour. A township was located across the street from Beautiful Gate, so she's used to the extremes of the country. She took me for a drive along millionaire's row, where homes on the cliffs overlooking the ocean cost millions of rands and dollars. Cape Town's coast is exquisite. Val sees herself living there forever, and I can see why she's fallen in love with the place, although the incredible disparity between the haves and have-nots delineated by the walls, barbed wire and guard dogs is something I could not live easily with. The place affected me, as well as impressed me and inspired me.
I'll write more about joining up with the group of 23 other travellers wanting to discover more of Africa.
For those worrying about me.. please know I'm in a MONSTER overland truck, in the company of savvy and secure fellow travellers. We're in safe hands, and having a brilliant time. I neglected to remember that this overland tour would be a CAMPING trip.. primarily.. with about 5 of the 40 nights involving beds.. the rest involving putting up and taking down a two man tent every day! Lordy how my selective memory has kicked in my old age! I'm not sure I'm up for the challenge.. but so far so good!
Talk to you soon.