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Mar 10, 2016 - More Days Steven

TUESDAY March 8 - WEDNESDAY March 9 (pictures added soon) Sorry for the little delay. Almost caught up – I’ve been writing about a day and a half afterwards, experiencing one day while trying to recapture the immediacy of the past. Sometimes I know I’m getting caught up more in facts and interpretation than the experience. So some impressions. We went from Ikamva to the highway north through Stellenbosch to Franschoek – the winelands. In travels past, we’ve driven down country roads, main roads and side roads, finding vineyards from...

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Mar 10, 2016 - What Is Real Life Anyway? Robin March 9 - 10

Sad to leave Rothman Manor and our little animal and fowl friends, we headed to a nearby nature preserve, Bontebok, for a hike. This terrain was different from anything we had seen before; arid browns and greens on rolling hills. We took the aloe trail which lead down to a lovely little damed lake. South Africa is a major producer of aloe products ( who knew !?) Much of the afternoon was spent on the road. We took N2 which is a major highway, by SA standards, so easy driving, but still quite beautiful. Farm land and more rolling hills. The...

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Feb 9, 2012 - Swellendam

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here are some excerpts from the Lonely Planet – South Africa & Lesotho & Swaziland chapter on the Western Cape about Swellendam: “One of the oldest towns in South Africa, Swellendam has a great deal to offer visitors interested in heritage and culture, architecture, wildlife and outdoor adventures. Surrounded by the undulating wheat lands of the Overberg and protected by the Langeberge mountain range, it’s perfectly positioned for exploring the Little Karoo and makes a good stopover on the way further east to the Garden...

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Dec 13, 2010 - Von Grau bis Grün

Deadvlei, Fishriver Canyon und Garden Route (Namibia/Südafrika), 13.12.10 Keine Ahnung, wie man die Reise von Deadvlei, dem verlassensten Ort auf Erden, bis nach Stellenbosch, der grünen Wein-Oase, beschreiben soll. Es ist wie Auferstehen von den Toten. Deadvlei mit seinen tausende Jahre alten Bäumen mitten in der Sandwüste ist bezaubernd schön. Und Fishriver Canyon, ein Stück weiter südlich, ist nicht nur der zweitgrösste Canyon der Welt, er raubt einem auch den Atem. Zum einen durch seine schiere Wucht, zum anderen durch sein trockenes...

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Notes from the road

Nov 25, 2010 - Having a 'whale of a time' in Hermanus, in 'Swell'endam and Mossel Bay

FYI readers - we wanted to let you know that we both share in the writing of the blog...sometimes Tracy writes, sometimes Lynda and then we both read/add/edit etc... As mentioned in the previous email, we had 'bazzed' on the Bus to the town of Hermanus which is considered the best land based whale watching destination in the world - mainly the southern right whale. It is also famous for SHARK CAGE diving expeditions which we did not select to participate in (they are regulated but they still draw the sharks by throwing in blood and fish...

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May 24, 2009 - Swellendam

Our plan is to spend nearly 3 weeks following the Eastern coastline as we make our way up towards Johannesburg and Kruger National Park. Swellendam was our first stop. It's one of the oldest villages in South Africa and is a small, charming town with lots of old Dutch buildings and museums. We spent the day walking through the town and visiting the Drostdy museum, Old Gaol and some other historic buildings. Very pleasant stopover. A quick note on South African drivers. They are INSANE! While the roads are good, the highways only have 2...

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Oct 2, 2007 - Oudtshoorn to Swellendam via Ronnie's Sex Shop!

Claudine got very excited as she realised that the route we chose (direct rather than scenic as it was getting dark) meant we would go past Ronnie's Sex Shop! It's not what you think! It is simply a cafe by the roadside in the middle of nowhere owned by a guy called Ronnie. One night some of his drunken mates thought it would be funny to add the word sex into the name. Suddently before he knew it Ronnie's Shop was getting a lot of attention to he decided to leave like it! In fact he changed the sign on the other side of the road as well!...

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