South African Adventure

I had been travelling a few months in Africa and once more our bus has broken down. Far from being frustrated I welcomed such breaks as they allowed me to stretch my legs and look about. I stepped out of the vehicle and unfolded my map, looking at all the places I’ve already seen and thought about the wonderful people I’ve met. After a few minutes I could hear the motor once more spring to life and we were off to my next destination: South Africa.

I landed at the airport in Johannesburg and was immediately greeted with an amazing flurry of different sights and sounds. I choose to delve first into the nations past, paying respect to perhaps the nations most volatile period, by going to the Apartheid Museum. Entry costing around $7, it has an extraordinary number of displays in its 22 exhibit areas, truly guiding the visitor along the journey. Utilizing visual, auditory and sensory displays, it makes the visitor feel like they are a part of history

When I heard about the excellent food offered in Johannesburg I knew I had to have a taste. My friends I can tell you that I found the best stake house in, not simply the region, but the entire continent. Simply called “The Local Grill,” you can get a great big slab of meat between $12 and $20 with a side dish of chips that will make your mouth water. Not only was the food amazing but the owners actually allowed me and others to observe the steak being cooked in the kitchen itself!

Once more on the road I left for Cape Town. I wanted to see the nation from a very unique perspective and was rewarded when the opportunity to visit Table Mountain revealed itself. One of the most popular attractions in the region, the long walk up rewarded you with a view stretching or miles. On a warm day, however, I wouldn’t recommend leaving without a hat and some serious sunscreen, it can get quite hot up there.

Feeling a little drowsy after all the exploration I decided that it was time to find some lodging. Being a student on my gap year I was quite frugal and decided to book it ahead of time, finding the Southern Sun Waterfront. With certain rooms costing as low as $31 a night, the ideal space was made even better with a fantastic pool, as well as extraordinary service. Located just a short distance away from wonderful shopping centers, it was a great place to stay.

I heard great things from the locals as well as fellow traveling backpackers that the country was known for the region called the Garden route. Checking some information about it at My destination, Garden route, I found that the nickname was given to it due to the thick foliage of the south of the country, producing a lush green scenery. Nearly 200 Km of track, it contrasts with the dry north. At the center of the region is found an Eden known as the Botanical Gardens of Durham. Absolutely free, it is famous for housing one of the rarest plants in the world called the’ Encephalartos woodii’. The garden also held the Nordic house which first began the naturalistic display of foliage in the region. Open between 7 and 5, I’d highly recommend taking a look.

Michal Kniec, after completing a History degree in Canada, decided that a little change of scenery would do him some good and moved across the world to Manchester. Now studying law, he loves to write, cook, and travel as much as possible on this pale blue dot.

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