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Sep 7, 2008 - Golden Gate National Park

South Africa – Golden Gate National Park 7/8th September Farmers measure their land in terms of ‘number of acres per head of cattle’, this is how vast and sprawling the yellow and brown landscape was as we left the suburbs of Jo’burg. After a wrong turn that left us at the border of Lesotho, we finally entered the large expanse of the Golden Gate National park so named after the sandstone rock formations that are visible throughout the park, the most formidable being the Brandwag Rock (buttress). It was in this park that I saw my very...

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Jo'burg to Nairobi

Mar 12, 2008 - Golden Gate Highland NP

To Golden Gate NP We visited the Caravan Park Restaurant for Breakfast. Obviously this is a destination conference center. The restaurant overlooked the Moddeer River and had a great buffet breakfast. It also had an unusual sign - it advertised a "Ladies Bar". We're not sure what the significance of that sign is, but we haven't seen one like it before. We had mostly Carriage Ways again today, but several construction zones with long waits. Several of our group saw a number of lions on a game farm after leaving the park. We missed them...

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Dec 19, 2006 - Golden Gate

We rolled back into South Africa to a great little artists town called Clarens. It felt a little like Jackson Hole in the off season - very laid back and quiet with a little town square. The next day I set off on a 2-day hike called the Ribbok Trail in Golden Gate National Park. I was the only one on the trail, and it was just a beautiful hike. Nick and Ronnie met me the next day and we headed to the Karma Lodge in Kestell. Besides the $8 rack of ribs at the local pub, Kestell and the Karma Lodge were a great place to recharge after the...

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Reilly on the Road

Oct 10, 2006 - Camorhi Game Reserve

Day 4 - October 10, 2006 Picked up our rental car without any trouble and headed out of Jo'burg by about 10:30 AM. Headed south on the N3 motorway and reached Bethlehem for a late lunch before moving on to our next stop - the Camorhi Game Lodge... Camorhi Lodge is GREAT! A small outfit with a wonderful few rooms, set up against a rocky hillside overlooking a sweeping veld. And a fabulous main lodge. We immediately made friends with the lodge dogs (Nala, Lassie and Snoopy) and were introduced to the latest addition to the lodge feline...

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Apr 7, 2006 - add another country to the list

We only had a short drive today and it skirted the border of Lesotho, the only country in the world totally surrounded by another country. During colonial times as the British and Dutch slugged it out for control of this region, the locals were decimated and scattered along the way. In the Lesotho area an especially strong king rallied and united his people and formed an alliance with the British. Thus, when the British moved out of the rest of South Africa, which came under Dutch/Afrikaans control, Lesotho remained a British protectorate....

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