African Impressions.

A Looking hole.
A Looking hole.

South Africa is not all the same. The Cape is very different to the area around Jo-Burg. It’s all in the seeing I guess. Many people from our parts hated their visit to Jo-Burg, too shocking and too massive and without the compensation of wonderful scenery, cool sea breeze and Penguins and the Cape Wineries.

This watering hole in the Addo reserve is a case in point. Nothing here, right?  Continue reading

South Africa.

Cape Town from Table Mountain
Cape Town from Table Mountain

South Africa is both familiar and at the same time intensely exotic to anyone educated in a British school of the fifties and sixties, as I was.  We were taught more of the British colonial adventure in that far away land than we are about the history of the land we were intimately connected to – Ireland.

Being here now, has been exciting, profoundly thrilling and horrific too. This nation is in flux and there are still vast problems to solve before Nelson Mandela’s dream of ‘the Rainbow Nation’ is made real. However I will not dwell on that since I’ve been here only a week and can’t pretend to understand the cultural complexities faced by our overwhelmingly generous hosts.  Continue reading