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South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe

Postby NJV6 » Wed Feb 17, 2010 4:37 am

Gidday

Currently in South Africa on a work trip, I work for a seed company in a technical role and we export here. First trip here and was in time to see the Sharks Chiefs game in Durban - was a good result, pity it wazsn't the Highlanders.

It is very hot here, mid 30's each day and very humid meaning it is rather uncomfortable outside. Everything is so secure, the total oppisite to southland!

Alot of ute's getting about, looks like th only vehicles getting used for any sort off off road are what we would call the 79 series cruiser and the a fair few Defenders.

currently in pietermaritsburg, moving on tomorrow to underberg and then Cape town for the weekend whic should be great. Then onto to Port Elizabeth and finally Joburg before a 5 day africian safari up to Kruger National Park.

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Re: South Africa

Postby nzhunter » Wed Feb 17, 2010 10:01 pm

oh awesome man,

is the crime bad?
is SA left hand drive or right?
also how do ya mean everything is secure?

share some photos when ya get the chance!

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Postby NJV6 » Fri Feb 19, 2010 2:45 am

I was warned alot about the crime before I went, basically I haven't seen anything.

Of course there are places to stay away from and if you don't go looking for trouble then there isn't any. Just with such a high unemployment rate, it means that things can go missing pretty often so mach sure stuff is locked up and be a bit vigilent.

They drive the same as us, there are so so many trucks on the roads there, its amazing juts how many there are. Sometimes I wonder if they load the trucks and get the driver to go for a drive just to keep one more in a job.

The farms are crawling with staff, a 700 cow farm may have up to 24 staff getting paid 1500 Rand a month. NZ$1 = R5.2 so you can see how little they get paid. ANd it shows, life is very slow, everything gets done so slowly, very frustraiting, farming in NZ is streets and streets ahead. Not technology wise but efficiency wise.

Every thing is secure in the sence that to get into any house involves a swinging or sliding gate with a speaker or remote to get it and barred windows. Without these insurance is unobtainable.

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Re: South Africa

Postby NJV6 » Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:33 pm

Looking down on one of Capetown's beaches

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Robben Island (Nelson Mandella's home for 25 years)
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Looking at Capetown
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Canopy Tour near Durban
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Overloaded?
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Durbans Impressive new world cup stadium
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Capetowns new world cup stadium
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Kruger Park
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Grumpy Rhino
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All in all, great trip!
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Postby mike » Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:32 pm

Awesome! very jealous!

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Postby chrome » Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:37 pm

some cool photos dude :D
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Re: South Africa

Postby NJV6 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:24 pm

Well as luck/fate/whatever would have it, I have been asked back! so I am off in a months time - what I am wondering, had anyone here done any tours over there covering africa further norht, botswana, mozambique, namibia, zimbabwe etc and if so any suggestions of places to go??
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Re: South Africa

Postby basics » Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:43 pm

love the wild life pics,hopefuly i can enjoy SA one day
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Re: South Africa

Postby NJV6 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:51 pm

Yea it was great cos it was all wild (except the lion in the pic) we were on their turf and you sure didn't go walking anywhere without an armed guide!

Loking forward to the next one!
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Re: South Africa

Postby mercutio » Fri Jan 14, 2011 7:22 am

i am green with envy always wanted to do an african excursion :D
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Re: South Africa

Postby NJV6 » Fri Feb 11, 2011 6:28 pm

Bye ORE,

Off tomorrow to SA, then jumping in a 4x4 merc truck and into Botswana, Zimababwe finishing at Victoria falls, back in a month!

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Re: South Africa

Postby Big » Wed Feb 16, 2011 5:40 pm

ya lucky barsteward.. :mrgreen: :wink: .. I can fit in ya suit case..at a squeeze... 8)

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Postby NJV6 » Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:29 pm

Made it through Botswana, great overland trip in a 4x4 merc truck, there was a hyeena fight about 3 metres from my tent one night!

Just now in Zimbabwe, juts had a chopper flight over the Vic falls and staying here for another 2 days.

The camping in Botswana was cracker, not recommended to get out of your tent at night due to animals, a pack of lions went within 30 metres of camp 2 nights ago.

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Postby basics » Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:16 am

holy hell man, sounds amazing, im jealous, keep the pics coming
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Re: South Africa

Postby aLUX » Fri Mar 11, 2011 3:23 pm

Lucky bugger!!!

I too have been fortunate enough to go to SA, truely amazing and I want to go back. Didint get to go furhter north like you, keep posting about it.

Wildlife in Kruger park is awesome. When I was there I managed to see the big 5 in the wild! 5 day safari staying in tents, only troube we had was a monkey got into ur tent looking for food.

Crime was a shocker though, family that we stayed with in Joburg were highjacked the week before we arrived and the day after we left. Lucky us that we weren't there. All the baddies wanted was there vehicles and money though.

Capetown is exactly like your photos, beautiful. Could leve there any day if it wasn't for the South African screech.

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Postby NJV6 » Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:55 pm

Why I hated my trip.....

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Postby lincooln » Tue Mar 15, 2011 7:39 pm

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Postby NJV6 » Thu Mar 17, 2011 7:43 pm

Here is a few photos, got heaps more if people want more!

Sunset in Chobe looking at Namibia
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Lion in park
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Loepard in the wild, mother and cub
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James our poling guide
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Colourful Frog
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Swiming in the salt pans, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OETj9aTYO2Q for more on this place by Jeremy Clarkson
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Sunset in Maun
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Flying over the Okavango Delta
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Hyena prints
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Heading into the sunset
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What Elephants do to trees
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Our Guide (he sure loved his tah!)
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Re: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe

Postby aroma » Thu Mar 17, 2011 8:04 pm

are you working ? you call that work, jealous as hell
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Re: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe

Postby mercutio » Thu Mar 17, 2011 10:59 pm

not my pics but so kewl i thought i would show these to you guys.
they were taken on an expedition in the kalahari desert

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lets have a closer look and see what we can see

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Re: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe

Postby NJV6 » Sun Mar 20, 2011 7:38 pm

mercutio wrote:lets have a closer look and see what we can see


Close up of an eye, a bit of cat fur even. And a shitty old shitter reflecting in the lions eye with steam rising from under the bonnet. (zoom in and you'll see it)
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