South Africa and Swaziland
Since I’m not “live-blogging” my South Africa and Swaziland trip I thought I might as well not go into day to day detail but rather give an over all post about the two and a half week adventure. Also, a lot of the days were fairly similar except in different locations so I believe it would be quite repetitive.
My journey from Maldives to Johannesburg was another long one encompassing three flights from Male to Bangalore to Mumbai to Johannesburg. These airports were all quite beautiful and felt more like shopping malls than airports, a welcome change from the Chennai and Colombo airports.
After the 10 hour flight from Mumbai to Johannesburg, I get picked up by a car service arranged by G Adventures which to my surprise, given the fact I was doing a budget tour, involved a BMW. I landed in the morning so I had the day to explore. We arrived at the Airport Game Lodge, a cute lodge surrounded by animals, and I meet me roommate. Although I was quite exhausted, I needed to make the most of my one day, so my roommate and I chose to do a day tour of Soweto. On this tour we get to see a few different sites just outside of Johannesburg including a township tour, the Mandela house, a museum, and a few other sites.
That night we meet up with our tour and in the morning head off for our next location. The following two weeks involved camping (yes that means tents and sleeping bags), sun, sight seeing, safaris, breathtaking landscapes, and a lot of drinking. We made our way from Johannesburg over and along the coast all the way to Cape Town. Cape Town ranks extremely high on my list of favorite places and I wish I could have spent more time there.
Overall I would say the highlights of this trip include our two nights in Swaziland, going to the beach in Durban, bungee jumping off Bloukrans Bridge, and Cape Town.
This tour was a great way to see the country. Although we spent a lot of time in the bus driving from one place to another, this was a pretty great way to see the amazing landscapes of South Africa which may have been missed if we had used another way to travel. I also have to say that I wouldn’t have had such an amazing time without the great people on the tour and our tour guides.
Hopefully I’ll get to return to stunning South Africa in the not too far future.