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SOUTH AFRICA

During the trip I visited many locations that I had enjoyed with my family in the earlier years. The trip was over a period of some four weeks, starting from Cape Town and travelling along the East Coast to Oudtshoorn. En-route I visited Hermanus where I was fortunate to see whales basking off-shore. At Oudtshoorn I drove through one of the Bains Passes - quite a feat of civil engineering at that time - over the Swartberg Mountains.
I stayed at the Bufflesdrift Game Reserve and enjoyed several game viewing trips and the fantastic sunsets over the valley. Another stop was Graaf Reinet and took the opportunity to visit the township Nieu Bethesda, which is situated up in the Sneeuberg Mountain range. Another nearby wonderful viewing point over the Karoo was at The valley of Desolation up in the mountains. On the return drive to Cape Town I stayed for a few days in the Karoo National Park near Beaufort West, which offered a wonderful landscape and wildlife viewing.

I flew to Durban and drove north to the Natal game reserves of Umfolozi and Huhluwe where I was fortunate to see a wide variety of game. I also visited Rourke's Drift and the battlefield at Isandlwana where white painted stones marked where each British soldier fell in the battle - a moving experience. The final point of my trip was St Lucia on the coast where I viewed the animal activity in the waterways of the wetland park, and from there I returned to the UK.