2005 was not the year for long distance travelling, but doing nothing was not what we had in mind. Within a short-term we decided to fly to Johannesburg
in South-Africa. We started our roundtrip in Johannesburg and after 2 days we left town and drove direction Kruger-National-Park. We made our
1.stop at the Blyde River Canyon in the Drakens-Mountains (very often compared with the Grand Canyon in Arizona/USA). From there it was just a short distance to the biggest wildlife reservation of the World, the world famous âKruger National Parkâ, extending over 20.000 kmÂ² from north to south along the border of Mocambique. Of course everybody have seen already the âBig Fiveâ (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, buffalo and elephant) as well as monkeys, zebras, tigers, giraffes and hippopotamus in a zoo. But seeing those animals not fenced in, is an unbelievable and wonderful experience.
But our interest was not only watching animals, we had also been interested in the lifestyle of the Natives of South-Africa. In Swaziland, the second
smallest state of South-Africa, we got good authentic information about the lifestyle and the development of the Africans. Our next stop was the town
St. Lucia where we could watch plenty of dolphins along the coastline of the Indian Ocean and in October you can even see whales from the beach.
On our way south, we had a look at Shakaland ( an old village, where we got to see traditional habits, rites and lifestyles of the Zulu). An absolutely
lucrative stop. From here we travelled to Durban, a city with a fascinating mixture of different cultures and nations (Zulus, people from India and
white people). Durban is also well known as the bathing city of South-Africa, because the sun is shinning here 300 days each year. Not only
bathers (North- and South Beach), also shoppers and pleasure-hunters (The Wheel) will find in this city what they are looking for.
Continuing south we passed through the cities Umtata, East London and Port Elizabeth and just before Knysna we hit the Garden Route.
This region received the name because of the forests, the colourful bays, lagoons and the exuberant vegetation and not, as often supposed, because there is a garden lined up after the other. Following the coastal road, we reached Cape Agulhas â the most southern point of Africa. From this point, it would
be 7 000 kilometres to the west (Argentina) or 8 500 kilometres to the east (Australia), before reaching land again, and going further south, there would
only be ice (Antarctic). In Hermanus we had another chance to watch whales, before reaching the highlights (the famous table mountain,
the gorgeous wine region, the awesome Chapmanâs Peak Drive and of course the Cape of Good Hope) of Cape Town.