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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

Kimberley (South Africa)

 

7nth of May 2017
Chilly weather and crimson sun!!!

At 5:45 am in the morning we were ready to go, but it was still dark. At 6:00 am, when it started dawning, we took our luggage, crossed the lovely garden and loaded them to the trunk of our car.

It was very chilly and cold. 8 degrees of the Celsius Climax along with humidity and mist reminded us that winter was approaching. We were driving along the road, when we saw a crimson sun rising, trying to dissolve the morning mist gathering in the whole valley



Magical moments… Amazing and perpetual alterations of seasons… 

Only two days ago, in North Mozambique, we had found ourselves in the heart of summer, when the weather was flirting with temperatures up to 35 degrees of the Celsius Climax.   
On the previous day, while we were walking along the top of the River Blyde Canyon, in autumn scenery, watching the leaves turning yellow, the temperature was no more than 23 degrees of Celsius Climax, but the scorching sun above our heads made us feel that it was much hotter. 

Today, early morning mist had covered everything and the temperature had dropped down to 8 degrees of Celsius Climax.But tomorrow we would be in Kalahari Desert, Botswana!!!
Heat again and summer temperatures…

We drove on Ν4 and Ν12, we passed the metropolitan area of Johannesburg and Pretoria and continued our journey to Kimberley.


Kimberley and the history of diamonds...

We arrived at the famous “Βig hole”.



The Big Hole project is a living illustration of the way a major natural resource, namely diamonds, is contributing to the transformation of Southern Africa and the lives of its people, claims the advertising of the project.
Revenue from the sale of diamonds is a key source of income for South Africa and several Southern African nations. Southern African countries have driven significant improvements in their country’s infrastructure, health services and education systems through the revenue generated from the sale of diamonds.

We saw the lake that has been created by the largest excavation ever.

We were shocked to read certain information about it, though. 

When we took the lift to visit the heart of the underground mine, we could hear strange sounds like screams and explosions which were reviving the atmosphere of an old and rather sad mining era.

We froze
and felt a strange fear…
As if we were surrounded by something eerie… 
It was a very strong experience 



and I couldn’t help thinking with awe: how did, all those people feel, having to work in such dangerous depths, at those times?

Inside the exhibition Centre we saw photos, archive material and original artifacts illustrate the story of diamonds from past to present.
At the open air museum of old town in Kimberley we discovered Victorian buildings maintained or reconstructed to their old magnificent glory. 



We saw the church built in Europe and brought piece by piece to Kimberley, the Barney Barnato’s boxing academy, the Digger’s Rest pub, a reconstruction of the De Beer’s homestead and also the De Beers directors' private railway coach.   

We left Kimberley with contradictory feelings and continued our journey to Vryburg, where we found Villa Brocant, which would host us for the night.

 

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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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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