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Johannesburg, South Africa

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The town was established in 1886 after gold was discovered and had 10 years later already a population of 100000, the larger area had a population of about 9 million people.

Johannesburg Art Gallery is a quite good museum with a lot o Impressionist and later paintings and sculpture, also some african paintings and sculptures.

Located at the southern part of Joubert Park, entrance by coe from King Georg street, also if you walk there from Park Street Station .

I couldn't get a sleeper train to Cape Town, but the regular train was quite interesting.

Posted by UliS 23:53 Archived in South Africa Comments (0)

Cape Town, South Africa

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You can make esy daytips to Simon's Town, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Hermanns.
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Simon's Town is a easy daytrip from Cape Town by car, maybe 1 hour or a bit slower by suburban train.
Founded 1687 by the Governor of the Cape Colony, Simon van der Stel, is today home of the South African Navy.
Boulders Beach is a few kilometres to the south has and a colony of African penguins since 1985, the water is cold, but ├Żou can swim there.

Also Stellenbosch is a easy daytrip by car, maybe 50 minutes or a bit slower by suburban train.
Founded 1679 by the Governor of the Cape Colony, Simon van der Stel, in the late 17 century some Huguenot refugees settled in Stellenbosch and grapes were planted, education began in earnest in 1859 with the opening of a seminary for the Dutch Reformed Church and 1918 the University of Stellenbosch. Today Stellenbosch is a university and wine growing tourist town with a quite nice atmosphere. A realy nice museum showing the information and main entrance building and 4 buildings from the 18. and 19. century with the original furnitures.

Posted by UliS 23:55 Archived in South Africa Comments (0)

Windhoek, Namibia

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International buses from Windhoek, the ticket office and departure/arrival for Intercape buses to Cap Town (every day 10 am), Johannesburg, Livingstone (friday and monday 15 pm), Swapokmund (most days at 9am) and Oshikango (Angola border) is now at Bahnhof street, next to the train station.large_IMG_1961.JPGlarge_IMG_1957.JPGlarge_IMG_1956.JPG

The departure/arrival for Monnakgotla Transport for buses to Gaborone, Botswana is also at Bahnhof street Independence (friday and sunday 7 am). For reservation call 0812135138 morning only.
The former bus station is at the moment (2013) a constructionsite.

Posted by UliS 23:57 Archived in Namibia Comments (2)

Swakopmund, Namibia

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The quite good Swakopmund Museum has some reconstruction of colonoal interiors and a lot about tranportation and exhibits about Namibias history and ethnologie. Open daily from 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm, 25 Namibian $.

Ludwig Koch Street, directly below the Swakopmund Lighthouse.

If you have time or the weather is bad the National Marine Aquarium is quite good with several sharks and rays and a glas tunnel through the main aquarium. Thuesday to sunday, 10 am to 4 pm, 30 Namibian $.

Swapok street and the southern end of Strand street at the waterfront.

Intercape goes monday, wednesday, friday and sunday to Windhoek, 5 hours from 210 Namibian $. Monday and friday conects with the bus to Livingstone. Several Minibuses go daily at 7 am, 11 am, 5 pm..... from 140 N $.

Posted by UliS 23:58 Archived in Namibia Comments (2)

Livingstone, Zambia

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Livingstone was founded in the late 19, century and was the capital from Northern Rhodesia from 1907 until 1935, with some colonial buildings still arround.

I stayed at Jollyboys backbackers, a short minibus or taxi ride from the Victoria Falls, bought also a excellent tour to Chobe National Park witch in the end got me to the Botswana / Zimbabwe border so i didn't have to cross the Zambia border again.

Posted by UliS 23:59 Archived in Zambia Comments (0)

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