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Videos of Panorama route and Kruger online

Here are a couple of samplers from our video gallery

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The Panorama Route around Graskop.

Our close encounter witha troop of Baboons.

Words and pictures coming soon...

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"You're shit.. but your chicks are hot... you're shit..."

sung to the tune of Go West...by a couple of Aussies en route to the stadium.

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Thinking back of the trip from Johannesburg to Nelspruit for the World cup game between Australia and Serbia, this song forms the soundtrack.

The day before the game we found our accommodation and headed down to the Fan fest to watch the South Africa Vs France game. France was in turmoil after some mutinous behaviour by some of their players and SOuth Africa needed to win by 4 goals, so tensions were high.
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Fans at fan fest

South Africa V France

South Africa V France

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Bafana Bafana fans

Fan fest

Fan fest

Fans in Nelspruit

Fans in Nelspruit

The Fan fest was a sight to behold and with a 2 nil lead South Africa looked the goods for by half time. Though they ended up with four goals they conceded so were eliminated. The party feeling in the Fan Fest was incredible though and an experience we'll never forget.

The next day it was our turn. Our boys also needed to win by 4 goals and although we played an awesome game, we also conceded so we were eliminated.
Warning - Hippos

Warning - Hippos

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Fan atics

Fan atics

Fans

Fans

Mark in Goals

Mark in Goals

Special Kid support crew

Special Kid support crew

Nespruit stadium

Nespruit stadium

Pre game

Pre game

warm up

warm up

Australia Vs Serbia

Australia Vs Serbia

Australia Serbia Before the game

Australia Serbia Before the game

Australia V Serbia

Australia V Serbia


It was an incredible game though. One of the few times I have been deafened by the Aussie anthem, belted out by 30,000 Aussie supporters on foreign soil.

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Stay Tuned - Nelspruit and Kruger are coming soon..


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Meanwhile, check out our photos...

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The Rains down in Africa

A Johannesburger and Chips, thanks mate

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Here it is. The long awaited summary of our month in South Africa.

Our South African Odyssey began in Johannesburg just after dark.

In a small hire car. without a map.
Arriving in Joburg after dark is an adventure best undertaken in an armoured car. Or so we were told on numerous occasions in the month or so leading up to the trip. As we arrived at the height of the World Cup carnival, there was an obvious police presence - everywhere.

A couple of things made the reception a little challenging. My phone failed the global roaming test, the car rental guys were somewhat customer service challenged and I realised that I had forgotten to pack the awesome map book the my mate from work had lent me.

So there we were, half an hour later in a matchbox car (ANOTHER SILVER BULLET) flying along the ring road through down town Johannesburg. For those that don't know, it is rumoured that 'Johannesburg' means the town of car jackings, so we were a little on edge. Along the main motorway and at every set of traffic lights, the comforting blue flashes kept the car jackers (and our nerves) at bay.

We found our Guesthouse though and after a quick walk down to the corner shops and a burger we got our heads down.

The next day we took the silver bullet for a spin and checked out the Apartheid Museum. Quite an amazing place, incorporating an interactive and multimedia history of Apartheid and a moving and inspirational exhibition of Nelson Mandela. It's also conveniently located right next to the Sovereign Hill of South Africa. A giant theme park where the central theme is gold mining, though the link between a rollercoaster and gold escaped us.

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Lunch at a Portugese restaurant before braving a drive-by Johannesburg style, in through the bad lands of downtown. It all looks really similar, lots of high walls and lots of razor wire.

With a little help from Hope, Faith and Freedom. (the names of 3 of our hosts). We rounded out our Johannesburg stay with a trip to Soweto. The scene of the 1976 uprising, Soweto has now become a regular stopping point on the tourist route in South Africa. Not all south African townships are as easy to visit.

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Posted by adamandmeg 18:49 Archived in South Africa Comments (0)

Pictures of you

Our photos are coming, check out the photo album

We'll finish our blog of the South Africa Trip this weekend...

Stay tuned

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