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A Month in South Africa (with lots of photos)

Once again thank you to Transitions Abroad for publishing my article Five Unforgettable Adventures in South Africa.

Sure, this blog is mostly about Mexico. I live here and travel around the country often. But that’s not the only traveling I do—what fun would that be?

Last summer my wife and I spent a month in South Africa. She originally wanted to go for our honeymoon two years ago, but we could only travel for a week and a half—not nearly enough time to do a safari and also see more of the country.

After such a long flight, it would have meant only about a week on the ground. So we decided to wait until we could travel long enough to do more than the obligatory safari, and not only in world-class Cape Town but also everyday Johannesburg. (We ended up honeymooning in Moscow and St. Petersburg, about five days in each and also a long layover in Amsterdam, the perfect quick vacation.)

The article describes how we ultimately spent our trip in South Africa, staying in and around only three places: Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, and Cape Town. Johannesburg was more fun than we though it would be, with top-notch restaurants, friendly people, and neighborhoods rich and poor and everything in between. We took a walking safari in Kruger National Park, easily the highlight of the trip (read about it in the article). And although two weeks was plenty of time to see the city of Cape Town and some surrounding areas, there was so much more on the Cape Peninsula: more vineyards, more beaches, more hiking. Cape Town is a place where you could spend an entire month, six months, a lifetime…

Below are some pictures that didn’t make it in the article (yes I have hundreds, and of every wild animal except the cheetah.)

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Johannesburg. This mural of Nelson Mandela was painted by Shepard Fairey (famous for Obama “Hope,” Andre the Giant “Obey”). I took the photo from the Neighborgoods market that goes on every Saturday in Braamfontein, the hip part of downtown, with spicy steaming food, craft beer, and a mellow jazz/hip-hop band.

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Great band.

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Downtown Johannesburg.

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Alexandra township, where we took a fascinating bike tour. I wrote about it in the article.

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An informal settlement in Soweto township, Johannesburg.

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Elephant in Kruger National Park.

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African Wild Dogs in Kruger National Park.

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Lion at night. He had two friends in the bush.

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Sunset in Kruger National Park.

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Downtown Cape Town. We spent five days downtown and then rented a car and moved to a hotel two blocks from the beach in Camps Bay, the fancy neighborhood on the other side of Table Mountain.

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Table Mountain, seen from the Lion’s Head (hike described in the article).

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Hiking on Table Mountain. We started this hike from the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden.

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African Penguins near Boulders Beach, Cape Peninsula. A large colony lives there, with thousands of penguins swimming, walking, and hanging out.

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Our last sunset, from the balcony of our hotel in Camps Bay.

Please check out my article Five Unforgettable Adventures in South Africa.

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