We organized a trip for the following morning. This will be my 33rd country visited. We had an amazing dinner of steak, Boerwors, and steamed veggies. So good. Love a good braai. Alanna is a big fan of the Boerwors(I am too of course). The next morning we left early and ascended to the Sani pass with our guide. The Drakensburg is such a beautiful place. We visited a farm where they produce wool from both sheep and goats. Alanna even tried her hand at shearing. It was a cultural tour so we got the history of this area and got to visit a house. Sampled some local bread and beer.
So the people that live at the top, live there seasonaly. The livestock graze up here and they do trading with South African business men. It's a tough life. One that I don't think I could live. The woman we visited was in her thirties and she had several children none of them were with her at the moment. She is living there to sell beer and bread to the locals and local crafts to the tourist. Our last stop before leaving was at the “highest pub in Africa”. It was a cute pub with a million dollar view looking down the valley that the pass is on. Lesotho I definitely want to explore better. It reminded me of the highlands of Argentina and Chile.
We left Sani pass and headed to our final destination of Durban. Called Emil, the photographer I interned with last year, and let him know we were on our way. He told me we might have an interesting/chaotic day in store. His wife Jackie was having contraptions and might be going into labor. Yes this could be an interesting day. When we arrived at the house we were relieved to find out that it was a false alarm. The contraptions had subsided. Though Emil was still amped. Haha. It was a very nice two days catching up with Emil and the family. Getting to see their daughter Michaela who still amazingly remembers me. Alanna and I spent the next day at uShaka aquarium and walking the boardwalk. Durban has a totally different feel then when I was here last. The whole World Cup feel hasn't exactly left. You can still see remnants of things that weren't used up during the event. It just doesn't seem as chaotic as the last time I was here. There are not people on every corner selling flags and last time every thing felt so temporary this time though things felt like life was normal. This was a great way to end our time together. It was a great two weeks and its amazing how fast they went. This was a first for me traveling with agirlfriend. Can't really do the low budget traveling I had been doing before but it was good. I flew from Durban to Johannesburg. Then got my connection to Sydney. Alanna went to St Lucia to start her job with African Impact. I went back to work at Hunky Dory and The Rose Hotel.
Alanna and I looking out over Capetown.
Evening shot of Capetown from parking lot of Table Mountain.
Alanna getting her feet wet at Mossel Bay.
Alanna and I petting a cheetah at the Cango Wildlife Ranch.
Waterfall in Wilderness (upper)
Waterfall in Wilderness
Alanna sitting on edge of Waterfall at Hogsback.
Morning light at Coffee bay.
Sani pass Drakensberg, Lesotho.