South Africa Journals

South Africa

A December 1998 trip to South Africa by Tryon

Baby Warrior Photo, South Africa, Africa More Photos
Quote: South Africa is a land of contrasts. Over the next several days, I will edit and add photos to enhance this journal.

South Africa

Overview

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The fear of coming face to face with a black rhino. The exhileration of seeeing him finally turn to leave. The tears that welled up, unexpected, inspired by the wild majesty of traditional Zulu dancers in Ulundi, singing with powerful, harmonious voices, leaping high into the air and stomping back to earth. The evening sun sparkling in golden reflection off the water during the sunset champagne cruise along the Capetown coast. Facing south, standing at the southernmost tip of the African continent, simultaneously seeing the Atlantic on my right and the Indian Ocean on my left. South Africa is a place of strong emotions, of beauty and danger. A place to replenish the soul.Quick Tips: Best...Read More

Silver Lake Resort

Hotel | "The Victoria and Albert"

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Plush accomodations on the Capetown Waterfront at a fraction of the cost for a comparable room in the U.S.. Iced champagne and chocolates await you when you check in. You are steps away from literally hundreds of shops and restaurants.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2000

Silver Lake Resort
7751 Black Lake Rd
Kissimmee, Florida 34747
(407) 397-2828

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve

Attraction | "Schluschluwe Umfalozi"

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve Photo, Durban, South Africa
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Even as one of the smaller South African preserves, it is still a couple hundred thousand acres. Wildlife is plentiful and varied. Zebra, lions, kudu, giraffe, white rhinos, black rhinos, cheetah, warthogs, even the occasional leopard and more await your camera.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2000

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve
Heart of Zululand
Durban, South Africa

Game Walk

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Attraction

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The African sun was up before 5:00 a.m. and we were nervously preparing to stalk into the African bush, most of us inexperienced and a little nervous. Our Zulu guide, Elliot, was armed with a very large rifle. Other than that, we were to rely on his sharp eyes and our ability to outrun most of our peers. We became a little more antsy when Elliot warned, in barely discernible English, 'You see rhino......run up tree.' I couldn't help but notice that most of the trees were no bigger than the mesquite and cedar of my central Texas home, and were considerably more prickly-looking. Nonetheless, I felt certain that would not be a problem should a rhino appear. And one did. We w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2000

Boulders Beach (Penguin Colony)

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Attraction | "The Jackass Peguins"

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Penguins in South Africa? Who ever heard of something so ridiculous? But they're there, all right. I saw them with my own eyes, and up close, too. Hundreds of them congregate on the beach and rock banks out in the water, swimming (surprisingly fast), eating fish, and just generally living their lives. Named for their call which sounds like the braying of a jackass, these birds are well worth seeing. They are so accustomed to humans (but don't touch, they can definitely bite) that they sometimes seem to pose for photos.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2000

Boulders Beach (Penguin Colony)
4 Boulders Place Simon's Town
Cape Town, South Africa
+27 (21) 786 1758

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Due to its warm days, cool nights and perfect soil, South Africa has come to produce some of the finest wines in the world. Don't leave without buying a few bottles. Prices are ridiculously good and quality is consistently high.

Traditional Zulu Dancers

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Story/Tip

Spirit Photo, South Africa, Africa
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I was awestruck and a little nervous as we rumbled north from Durban toward the traditional Zulu capital of Ulundi. Our white Jeep Cherokee seemed fit for the trip, but I had been warned in serious terms that this was not a completely safe journey. Over the last six months alone, there had been more than four thousand armed car hijackings in the greater Johannesburg area alone. I didn't want to know the number for all of South Africa. I was glued to the car windows like a child. I couldn't believe I was in Africa. Just yesterday, I had been comfortably ensconced in the familiar surroundings of my own home. Now, I was entering the endless hills of Zululand. A few days earlier, I had been asked t...Read More