Visit to Durban

I took a weekend trip to Durban when I lived in South Africa.  I had always heard that there are a lot of people of Indian descent, and the stories did not lie.  They were everywhere you looked.

I had lunch at the revolving restaurant.  I can’t remember how the food was, but I liked having a revolving view of the city.

Yep, revolving restaurant!

Yep, revolving restaurant!

 

View one

View one

 

View 2 - loading dock

View 2 – loading dock

 

View 3 - Moses Mabhida Stadium view

View 3 – Moses Mabhida Stadium view in the distance

 

View 4 - Downtown Durban

View 4 – Downtown Durban

 

 

View 5 - ah, palm trees.  Beautiful view

View 5 – ah, palm trees. Beautiful view

I later took a walk on the beach where I saw some interesting and shocking things.    The interesting ones are shown in the pictures below, but I could/would not capture the shocking one.  There are open public showers where swimmers can clean up.  Well, one woman decided that taking a shower with her bathing costume was not good enough, so she showered in the nude and was laughing away.

There was a lot of sand art

 

The Titanic

The Titanic

 

The Calabash Stadium

The Calabash Stadium

I had heard of tides before, but had never seen one at work so to speak.  My guide took me to one spot and said it was very beautiful when the tide was high.  I could not believe that the water would come right up to the buildings in another hour, so I asked that we take a tour around town and come back later.  An hour later, the water  was right up to the buildings – what a surprise and an educational moment for me!

Baptism in the Indian Ocean

Baptism in the Indian Ocean

 

My favorite place was to the Valley of a Thousand Hills, a really beautiful place.  I did some gambling at the casino and decided that it was a boring way (for me, at least) to spend time.  I am glad, because I think it is an expensive pastime.  All in all, I had a good time in Durban.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Visit to Kruger Park, South Africa

We went for to Kruger National park for a long weekend when I lived in South Africa. The drive was very long but the scenery and little towns on the way were quite nice with a couple of stops on the way to stretch.

This is the second picture we took, but I decided it will be the first one on the post because I think it is bright, nice and decent.

Bird with orange beak.  What's its name, again?

Bird with orange beak. What’s its name, again?

You see this next photo? This is the first one I took but I do not think that it is cute or dignified enough to be the first one on the post.  The pile below is not any ordinary organic matter/manure, it is rhino poo loo.   Who knew that rhinos only use one place over and over as their loo?  Now you have learnt something important if you did not know 🙂

Rhino loo

Rhino loo

Kudu (type of antelope)

Kudu (type of antelope)

 

Nyala (?)

Female Nyala

 

White rhino (we couldn't get closer)

White rhino – a rare sight (we couldn’t get closer)

Kitchen at the first camp in the Park

Kitchen at the first camp in the Park

 

Antelope? Crocodile? Bear? Who knows?!?

Antelope? Crocodile? Bear? Nyala? Who knows?!?

 

What's this?  Giraffe, of course!

Yes, you got it right – a giraffe

Blue wildebeest, so called because it looks bluish

Blue wildebeest, so called because of its bluish hue

 

These little animals were everywhere!

These little animals were everywhere!

 

I can't remember the name, but this little fellas like perching on boulders

I can’t remember the name, but these little fellows like perching on boulders

 

Happy hippos

Happy hippos

 

Meerkat

Meerkat.  Too bad it was not standing on its hind feet.  I would have loved to see that.

Bird?  Yes, it's a bird.  I like the sharp blue sky.

Bird? Yes, it’s a bird, beautiful too but I like the sharp blue sky as well

 

Beautiful sunset on our second evening at Kruger

Beautiful sunset on our second evening at Kruger Park

 

Our safari van was just about 5 meters from the lions and yet they were not bothered.  After all, they were born and bred in the Park so they are used to traffic.

Our safari van was just about 5 meters from the lions and yet they were not bothered. After all, they were born and bred in the Park so they are used to traffic. (Sorry, my camera did not do well at night)

I hope you will enjoy my amateur  video of a leopard at night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12dg-5Rd3s8

Vultures - not pretty birds but they play their part in the circle of life.

Vultures – not pretty birds but they play their part in the circle of life.

Which photo of zebras do you prefer?

Zebras in a queue

This one?  Zebras in a queue

 

Or this one?  Zebras from the rear view

Or this one? Zebras from a different angle

 

Family of warthogs

Family of warthogs

We videotaped two elephants as we were about to exit the Park.  They wre less than ten meters from our car and the driver was ready to take off in case of any danger.

First elephant enjoying its meal:  http://youtu.be/ZMFMYDKtVMo

Exiting Kruger Park.  Bye!!

Exiting Kruger Park. Bye!!

 

Drakensberg mountain range.

Part of the Drakensberg mountain range.

 

Looks like one of the pictures I used to see in Bible story books.

Looks like one of the pictures I used to see in Bible story books.

 

Colliery - many people (especially opposition political parties) were against money being pumped into this industry.

Colliery – many people (especially opposition political parties) were against money being pumped into this industry.

I like the shadow of the cloud on the mountain

I like the shadow of the cloud on the mountain

 

I had a great time at Kruger, had delicious food and enjoyed my loved ones’  company.

I leave you with this video of this majestic animal which was breaking the tree as if it was nothing.  You should have seen the elephants also stripping bark off trees – awe inspiring.

Second elephant – the one that was in the background in the first video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=–DcYCy2mSI&feature=youtu.be

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