It appears that we will soon be able to make self-drive day visits to national parks: no overnight stays, so it will be a case of ‘local is lekker’ and good fortune for those who live within easy distance of one. I would like to be first in the queue, yet can imagine the long row of vehicles driven by people who live much closer to the Addo Elephant National Park who have also been champing at the bit to get into the wild once more. I will have to be patient for a while longer. Meanwhile I can recall some past adventures relating to other aspects of this country:

Driving along the Blaauwkrantz Pass on the road between Grahamstown and Port Alfred.

Visiting the Fingo Milkwood Tree, in the Peddie district of the Eastern Cape, where on 14th May 1835 the Fingo (now known as Mfengu) people, having entered the (Cape) Colony from across the Kei River, assembled near this umQwashu tree [a White Milkwood – Sideroxylon inerme] and in the presence of the Rev. John Ayliff declared their loyalty to God and King. One cannot help wondering if they understood what they were doing.

Stopping at Gariep Dam, bordering the Eastern Cape and Free State provinces.

On the way to the Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s largest game reserves – a must to visit!

Enjoying the view of Hout Bay, near Cape Town in the Western Cape.

There are so many interesting places to visit in this country – it is time to get out and to explore!

16 thoughts on “TRAVELS PAST

    • Yes, and yet one has to be patient and also to bear in mind that there is no road map for dealing with COVID-19: everyone is feeling their way in the dark as it were, like the blind leading the blind. I keep telling myself that the end will come eventually.


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