Category Archives: Africa

South Africa, Diamonds, Ostriches and Beer!

  I always wanted to see a diamond mine. So, we took a tour of the Cullinan diamond mine in Cullinan, South Africa. They have been pulling diamonds out of the “pipe” here since 1905. They have produced some of the largest diamonds ever found.   The tour at Cullinan was really informative. We enjoyed it immensely and recommend it. […]

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South Africa Wine Tour

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We had been touring in Southern Africa for a month.  My mind started working like a juke box as it of ten does and this tune came to mind Well, I was feelin’ so bad, asked my family doctor ’bout what I had, I said, “Doctor, Doctor, Mister M.D., can you tell me, what’s ailing me?” He said, “Yeah, yeah, […]

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Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

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For anyone as lucky as I am, to be able to visit a multitude of places on this coconut, I strongly suggest you put the Cape of Good Hope on your bucket list. It was not on mine until I got there. Then, with my imaginary pen I scribbled it on the list, and scratched it off. I started thinking […]

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Robben Island. Capetown, South Africa

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Any visit to Cape Town should include an excursion to Robben Island. Made famous, or infamous, because it is where the Apartheid government of South Africa past imprisoned Nelson Mandela for 18 of the 27 years he spent behind bars. Of course you all know that he was elected President of South Africa after the end of Apartheid. You may […]

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Apartheid is History

Nelson Mandela is quoted as saying “History belongs to those who write it”. This is my contribution. A short history of Apartheid. Many countries on the coconut have appalling racism in their histories. My country is certainly no exception. However, in 1947 South Africa actually made race based policies the law. The law was called Apartheid. Many race based laws […]

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Cape Town, South Africa.

After all my worldwide travels, Cape Town has leap-frogged to my favorite city. After a month of “the bush”, where mind you, I enjoyed myself immensely and saw an incredible array of animals and experienced some wonderful cultures, I was not sure what to expect going to South Africa’s second largest city. Frankly I am glad I did not expect […]

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Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa

After Shakaland maybe anywhere would have been a let down. The Drakensberg Mountains filled that bill. The drive there was scenic, if you like twisting mountain roads. I do, my wife does not. As we got higher into the mountains, the scenery got very interesting as we passed through small towns and then smaller villages. It was nice to see […]

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ZULU!

Going to South Africa and not visiting Zululand is like going to Southern California and not visiting Disneyland. It would be like going to Memphis and not visiting Graceland. I do not understand how anyone could miss it when you have the chance. The  Kwazulu Natal Province is probably the gem of South Africa. It ranges from the warm white […]

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St. Lucia, South Africa. Whale Watching

Our next stop on the South African mystery tour was a wonderful vacation town called St. Lucia. This city sits in a climate zone which lends itself to wealthy South Africans from Joburg to have a second home. It has wonderful restaurants. The vacation homes we saw looked marvelous. Many of these homes have been converted to B&B’s and we […]

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Swaziland, 2013

Yes kind readers, there is a place on the planet called Swaziland. Pronounce it with the first a as in AH. It is one one the last constitutional monarchies on the planet. They have a young king with an Oxford education and more wives than anyone can count. While developing a country with an extensive infrastructure of fine roads and […]

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