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Oct 5, 2012 - Vegas in Africa

A great night's sleep! The hotel we are staying in is part of a complex that has a casino. We spent the day relaxing. Walking around the complex several times. Amazed at how inexpensive things are. USD gets you 8.3 s South African Rand. Spent time reading around the pool, where earlier there was a photo shoot for Mrs. South Africa. Interesting that this is an English speaking country and we still have a difficult time understanding some of the people. Jackie and Gary arrived about 6. Went to the restaurant are of the complex and ate at the...

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Out in Africa

Oct 5, 2012 - From Johannesburg South Africa

Arrived safely after 16 hours of flying covering about 14,000 kms including an hour stopover in Dakar Senegal. South African Air (at least business class) was great. Amazing food, seats that reclined fully for sleeping and plenty of space. Very unremarkable journey to get here including getting through customs and to our hotel 5 minutes away. Several hotels surround a casino that is patterned after Caesar's in Las Vegas. Plenty of African fare, but kind of sad to see the Hooters and other home town eateries. Looking forward to trying all...

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Jul 30, 2012 - Jo-burg SA

We have enjoyed two wonderful days in Johannesburg....sunshine in African wintertime. It reminds us a little of Phoenix in December...very cool nights and warm, sunny afternoons. We are staying in two thatched-roof rooms (elephant and zebra :) in a private guesthouse in the Kempton Park suburb near Tambo airport. Shelly and Ian have been good hosts and directed us to Stephen, a driver and tourist guide. The first evening we walked to a local pub to watch a big rugby match and eat BBQ..then made root beer floats at our B&B with Frankie's SA...

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Summer Safari

Jul 30, 2012 - scalo intermedio

Arrivati a all'aeroporto di Johannesburg alle 7 del mattino attendiamo con ansia l'apertura del check in per Windohek. Ovvio che una volta disbrigato anche queste pratiche del biglietto, entriamo nella zona dei gates ci facciamo per prima cosa un caffe (chiamiamolo caffè) e poi un giretto nei negozi per passare il tempo nell'attesa del nostro volo che ci porterà nella capitale namibiana. L'unica cosa che mi preoccupa sono due informazioni che mi hanno dato ..... la jeep che mi hanno dato (un disel) ha il doppio serbatoio (140 litri) ma che...

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Jun 26, 2012 - Rent-A-Car

Hey! After a nice breakfast at MoAfrika Backpackers we headed out to pick up our rental car. Guess how much it cost … 60 bucks! That’s it, and we’ve got it for three days. Haley and I did the math and it turns out we’re only going to use around 25 bucks for gas too! This deal is incredible. And the car isn’t too bad either. It’s a C1 Citroën. I’ve never heard of this car but I like it so far. Well, we’ll see how the trip to Nelspruit is for it! Noah

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Jun 25, 2012 - Kicking Back at the Hotel

Woo! What a day! After Soweto we’re kicking back at MoAfrika Backpackers. The place is gorgeous, and it has a nice rustic feel. It may not be a five star hotel but it sure is relaxing and that is what we need after this first day. Hopefully everyday will be as good as today! Well, I’m turning in, ready for tomorrow! Noah

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Jun 25, 2012 - Exploring Johannesburg

Hey! Today we explored the city of Johannesburg. My favorite thing was the Johannesburg Botanical Garden. There was a rose garden with over 10,000 roses! And besides the roses, there were many other themed areas including a bird sanctuary. There is so much variety in South Africa! Zach

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Jun 25, 2012 - Arrival in Johannesburg

Hey Everyone! Just arrived in the airport in Johannesburg, and this place is huge!!! This is without a doubt the largest airport I have ever been in. There are these really cool looking beams that look similar to the South African flag. Well, taxi is here to take us to our hotel. Definitely need a nap before we go exploring later today! Haley

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May 17, 2012 - Johannesburg

Saturday 12th May Victoria Falls Zimbabwe to Martins Drift Botswana Up and left the Adventure Lodge Hotel in Victoria Falls at about 6.15am and set off on the long drive back towards Joburg over the next two days. The weather was fine and dry. We (just us and Patricia, with Dzingi and Gladman in the cab) reached the Zimbabwe/Botswana border at about 7.30am and passed through quickly and then drove to Kasane for breakfast. There was nothing much open so we just bought some rolls, cheese, yoghurts and apples to eat on the way. Very...

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May 3, 2012 - Jo'burg

05/03/2012 1pm All preperations have been done and I am almost ready for my pick up at 5pm. The only things missing is lunch with a dear friend and the last rabis vaccination and than I'm ready to leave! My flight is due to leave Munich at 10pm and I will be arriving in Johannesburg at 8.30am tomorrow morning! My pick up arrived at 5pm sharp and the ride to munich was uneventful. After checking in my luggage I walked around a bit and than it was time to board the plane! the plane was not full by far so I managed to check myself an entire...

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Hakuna Matata

Apr 10, 2012 - Planes and Childbirth

An early start, shuttle to the airport, through all the rigmarole and finally a relaxing breakfast and last minute purchases before we board our flight for J’burg. A bit of a delay before takeoff – enough time to have a great chat to one of the stewards sitting opposite us. Has a wife and a couple of boys, speaks fluent Japanese and actually lived there for three years. Not sure why he took up a career in flying. Now I think international flights are a bit like childbirth. When you’re up there you suddenly remember how painful it all is and...

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Apr 1, 2012 - Apartheid Museum

@@@@@@@ After spending our first week in South Africa, in the lovely, leafy suburb of Rosebank, we had booked a taxi to take us to the train station situated in the heart of Johannesburg. The Lonely Planet guidebook had been very clear that there were areas of the central business district that should be considered off-limits to tourists, while others were relatively safe during the daylight hours. We were in need of some comfortable surroundings and quiet rest after our five weeks in Ethiopia, so we had chosen to stay in Rosebank and leave...

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