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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

Lydenburg (South Africa)

 

6th of May 2017
Good bye Mozambique

We woke up early in the morning at our hotel, in Maputo, which hosted us for three days during our staying to Mozambique_ we had no other option than readjusting the initial schedule of our route, due to certain cross border restrictions.
After taking our breakfast, we started again, drove almost an hour and then arrived at the Komatipoort, just after 7:20 in the morning.
Today, we would cross the border back into South Africa and the last part of our journey would begin.  

It was quite busy at the border post, but crossing, to our relief, was relatively quick.

The difference between South Africa and the rest of the countries in the south-eastern region of the continent was strongly visible. Everything is organised and directs you properly to your destination.You can’t miss a route even if you want to.

We stopped to the first commercial centre for supplies necessary for the rest of our journey.

I realized that we were feeling hungry too in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, when we absolutely enjoyed our fresh fried chicken with cheese and crackers.

We took the road to Kraskop, passed by the park and saw long queues in front of all the park gates. 



Exploring Blyde Canyon, one of the largest canyons in the world!!!

We arrived in Kraskop, took a map and went to explore one of the most beautiful areas of South Africa, the Blyde River Canyon. 

Τhe Blyde Canyon, is the third largest in the world, is 26km in length and 800 meters deep. The panoramic route and the magnificent viewpoints along the canyon are a main pole of attraction for both local and foreign tourists. Naturally, we were filled with longing for seeing it too. 

For start, we visited the natural Mac mac Pools.



 

Then we climbed the extraordinary Pinnacle Rock. 



 

We didn’t leave out the magnificent God’s Window 
 


and the Berlin Falls.



 

And of course we visited the most impressive sightseeing of all, the Bourke’s Luck Potholes. The potholes occur where the Treur River joins the Blyde River at the start of the Blyde River Canyon. In a continuing and centuries-old spectacle, the force of the water in these two rivers, combined with the particles of sand and rock that the rivers transport, wears cylindrical potholes into the sandstone bedrock. 



Last but not least the amazing and iconic Three Rondavels, three spectacular peaks which look exactly like African beehive huts (rondavels). 



Pilgrims Rest... frozen in time!!!

At 3:15 in the afternoon, after having seen and photographed it all, we were at Pilgrim’s Rest,
a village built in 1873, after the gold discovered there by an Australian gold digger. It is a place frozen in time, which carries wonderfully the atmosphere of that era.

We had booked a room in Royal Hotel, an historic hotel, and were hoping that we would have the time to enjoy our staying and to rest properly.

Unfortunately, this didn’t happen. There were problems with internet connection in the area and we needed it desperately for making arrangements as far as the last details of our journey.

So we walked only for a short time in the village 



and after having taken some photos and videos, we continued our journey to Lydenburg. 

 
Lydenburg: Villa Afriq, a lovely farmhouse!!!

When we arrived, we searched for the Villa Afriq. It was a really idyllic place with themed cottages, furnished in style.  

The owners welcomed us and made us feel as if we had found a home from home.  

Until 19:00, when 15 guests of the owners arrived for an arranged dinner, we had all the time to enjoy the lovely garden and to use the wifi available in the central building. We said good night to them at that point and went to our cottage to have some rest and sleep, because next day we were having a long journey ahead. 

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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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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