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// APRIL 2017
Where there is a will, there is a way
Johannesburg
Polokwane
Musina
Matobo National Park
Hwange National Park
Livingstone
Kwekwe
Mutare
Lydenburg
Vryburg
Kang
Maun
Zeerust
Johannesburg
Beitbridge
Victoria Falls
Binga
Gokwe
Great Zimbabwe
Komatipoort
Graskop
Blyde River Canyon
Ohrigstad
Pilgrimsrest
Kimberley
Mahikeng
Letlhakane
Gaborone
Soweto

Soweto (South Africa)

 

11nth of May 2017
One street with two Nobel Laureates

We packed up our suitcases and started our journey to Soweto.
In 2012 we were afraid to move around the roads of Johannesburg and Soweto, but this time we had decided to do it. 
We arrived at the famous Vilakazi street.
Vilakazi is the only street in the world to have housed two Nobel Prize winners – former President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu – and as such holds a special place in South African history. Moreover Mandela’s home is located at number 8115, at the corner of Vilakazi and Ngakane streets, a short distance up the road from Tutu’s home.​



We visited Mandela’s home and saw its inside, which hosts some original furnishings, audio visuals and memorabilia including photographic galleries and citations given to Nelson Mandela.
Visitors are able to get a glimpse of the Mandela family's life during the oppressive years of apartheid. Former President Nelson Mandela called it 'the centre point of my world'. 

We walked on this famous and historic road and saw Desmond Tutu’s home too. 



We stopped at the Hector Pieterson Memorial, located two blocks away from where thirteen years old Hector Pieterson was shot and murdered, on the 16nth of June 1976, during a students’ demonstration against apartheid.
The heartbreaking and highly socking photo of the assassinated child, which is carried by another young protestor, while his sister ran next to them_ Sam Nzima, another young protestor, was the one who had taken the photo_ 



was published around the world and created a massive uproar since it was showing clearly the cruelty of the apartheid regime in all its extent.
For years, the 16nth of June stood as a symbol of resistance to the brutality of the apartheid government. Today, it is designated Youth Day — when South Africans honor young people and bring attention to their needs… 


Johannesburg: Apartheid Museum...

Our next stop was at the Nelson Mandela Square, where we saw his statue…



We took some more photos and then headed towards the Museum of Apartheid.

This particular visit filled our hearts with sadness and darkness…

Suddenly the sunny, lovely day was transformed into a black and white caricature…



We were overwhelmed by what we have seen, but it was time to leave it all behind and go to the airport.

The long flight back home was scheduled at 18:20… 

Country: South Africa
Date: 2017
Route: Southeastern Africa 2017
Cities: Johannesburg, Polokwane, Musina, Matobo National Park, Hwange National Park, Livingstone, Kwekwe, Mutare, Lydenburg, Vryburg, Kang, Maun, Zeerust, Johannesburg
Duration: 12
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Population: 54.960.000
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Country: South Africa
Date: 2017
Route: Southeastern Africa 2017
Cities: Johannesburg, Polokwane, Musina, Matobo National Park, Hwange National Park, Livingstone, Kwekwe, Mutare, Lydenburg, Vryburg, Kang, Maun, Zeerust, Johannesburg
Duration: 12
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Population: 54.960.000
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Country: South Africa
Date: 2017
Route: Southeastern Africa 2017
Cities: Johannesburg, Polokwane, Musina, Matobo National Park, Hwange National Park, Livingstone, Kwekwe, Mutare, Lydenburg, Vryburg, Kang, Maun, Zeerust, Johannesburg
Duration: 12 days
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Population: 54.960.000
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