S: South Africa trip 2011!!!!
FC: SOUth African ccc trip april 25-may 8, 2011
1: London! our first detour on our trip lands us in the royal city... 4 days before the wedding!
2: A very warm welcome to south africa greeted us as we stepped off of the plane
3: Johannesburg, our first stop, is the capitol of south africa. our tour of downtown gave us a good look at urban african lifestyles. IT is extremely different from america in so many ways, but it is beautiful nonetheless.
4: South african government offices are abundant in the city.
6: monuments such as these are found all over in jo'burg. they honor many events like freedom and peace, or even other events like a gold rush.
7: fun in a mall is just what we needed :)
8: A night at the carnivore meant one thing: MEAT! octopus, blood sausage, antelope, boar, and much more.
9: Day 2- Soweto! it may have a not so great history, but there are things to do. markets, performers, and so much more.
10: these monuments represent the independence of south africa from the british in the early 1900's.
11: When people think of africa, they usually think of this. informal settlements and villages littered the african landscape.
13: This is the vegas of south africa. a 5 block radius of casinos. WOW!
14: the regina mundi catholic church isthe site of shootings and genecides during apartheid. it is in the heart of soweto and over 500 people att3end mass every week.
15: Hector Peterson was the first to be killed in the protests for education. his monument is built to honor every life lost in apartheid.
17: Safari time! After hours of singing and dancing, a 3 day safari-break awaited us in pilanesburg. we saw elephants, zebras, wildebeests, giraffes, lions, and much more.
22: A beautiful sunset over the serengetti ended our magnificent day.
23: A 2 hour connecting flight landed us in knysna, home of the world record holder for oyster eating.
24: Featherbed nature reserve, one of the 5 native forests left in south africa, was our next stop on our adventure. hikes through this reserve can take up to 5 years to book, and sometimes you don't even get a spot. we had an amazing view of the Indian ocean the whole hike, and we saw some magnificent sea caves along the way.
27: cape town was the final stop on our 2 week tour. table mountain, one of south africas national monuments, provided an astonishing view over the cape.
29: robben Island, the prison that held nelson mandela for 16 years of his imprisonment, was extremely historical and interesting. a former WWI navy base, this jail held over 400 political prisoners in it's time.
37: 24 hours left in south africa. an amazing feast at the africa cafe left us full and happy. our guide pieter surprised us with a "champagne" toast on top of table mountain which let us see all of the city. our final day meant one thing: SHOPPING! we stopped at the V&A waterfront for some great buys, and a last 15 minute shopping spree at an open air market. WOW!
38: After a 13 hour flight from cape town international airport, we landed in london once again, hich gave us a chance to explore the city (on a double decker bus!) we had a very nice tour guide who left no info. out, and it was great!