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Old February 20th, 2008, 07:47 PM   #1
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Africa: Safari, Savanna, Casinos and dense Urbanity

During the last two weeks of January I and my father was on a trip in the north of South Africa and Botswana.
The first week was spent on Mabula Game Lodge, and the last was spent in Botswana, Sun City, Pretoria and Johannesburg. I will present this tread in that order, so those of you not interested in animals and nature have to wait a little while for the skyscrapers of Pretoria and Jo'burg.

First up is a lot of 'common' animals found around Southern Africa, and I'll come the The Big Five later on. All pics are my own.
Due to bandwith restriction I can't post a lot of pics at a time unfortunately, so there will be quite a few updates with not so many pics.

Most of the time I was on Mabula we had pretty grey weather, so the pictures are not so good as they could have been, but enough excuses..


This giraffe was the first thing we encountered when we drove past the gate at Mabula.


Around the main lodge the trees were filled by these nests and a lot more birds.


These are Impala, a small antelope species, easily recognizable by their dark "M" over their behinds.




Wart hogs was all over the place...




Red Hartebeest, another species of antelope. Got their name because the shape of the horns can resemble a heart




And finally a Zebra

More to come in later updates. Feel free to comment
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Old February 21st, 2008, 01:13 AM   #2
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Nice, must be a great experience, will do a safari trip when i get down there one day too!
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Old February 21st, 2008, 02:11 PM   #3
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awesome photos! :-) Kind of a nice break aswell from all the skyscraper/urban photos we see here.

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Old February 21st, 2008, 02:35 PM   #4
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Interesting photos, would like to see the nature and the animals in real life also
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Old February 21st, 2008, 04:01 PM   #5
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Fascinating. Looking forward to more
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Old February 21st, 2008, 10:11 PM   #6
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More animals, including playing Hippos

It was very much something different from what I'm used to turn my lense towards, but nice of course to try something different

More animals and Safari pics coming up...


We start off with a real Safari sunrise. I think it was around 5.30 in the morning


A black-backed Jackal. It looks a little like a fox, and is classified as a vermin in South Africa


A poor picture of an Eagle in in flight


Another Giraffe, and her baby


Hippos playing in a dam...




Their very long and sharp fangs combined with their quite agressive behaviour makes the hippos the mammal in Africa that kills the most people.


Oryx, yet another Antelope species. This is usually found around Namibia iirc






A simple update this time, more animals, and the Big Five (most of them anyway) in the next update.
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 10:52 AM   #7
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Looks very nice. Any pics from the lodge itself?`I would like to see that...
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Old February 27th, 2008, 11:48 AM   #8
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Four out of the Big Five

Thanks for the comments guys.

I didn't really take a lot of pictures of the lodge itself, but here are a few...

The two first are from the main lodge. All the buildings there got thatched roof, and they were a little dark.




Two of the nights was spent in a tent camp futher out into the reserve.




The Big Five
The Big Five of Africa are the five most dangerous animals to hunt (not the biggest) and are Water Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino, Lion and Leopard.
I didn't see any Leopards, as they are extremly hard to spot and runs all over the place without consideration to tall fences or any other obstacle. People working at Mabula for years had not seen them, so they are quite rare.

We start of with Water Buffalo (only one good picture unfortunately)


Elephant (Pictures from several encounters)








Rhino




And Finally, Lions






Next up is Botswana and Gaborone
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Old February 27th, 2008, 02:20 PM   #9
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Amazing. Thanks for that...
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Old March 12th, 2008, 04:28 AM   #10
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Nice photos and I'm glad that you enjoyed yourself.
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Old March 13th, 2008, 09:24 AM   #11
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Lovely pics mate! Must be quite an adventure to see that up close!
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Old March 13th, 2008, 10:31 AM   #12
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Botswana etc.

Thanks for the comments guys, and sorry about the delay...

Gaborone
Gaborone is the capital of Botswana, and the fastest growing city in Africa. Before Botswana gained its independence from Britain in 1966, Gaborone was nothing more than a small village. Today, the city is carefully laid out, with the streets radiating out, and around, the Government Enclave. Gaborone's central business district is still under contruction, and there's not much to see there...

The main Mall of Gaborone (the square, not the building)


Monument honouring the armed forces of the country (they've participated in plenty of international peace-keeping missions)


Seretse Khama, first president of Botswana


Parliament


Botswana Telecom, the building is named Megaleng


One of the bigger governmental buildings. There are a similar one one the other side of the Government Enclave


Gaborone Railway station with tanker wagons from South Africa


Tallest building in Gaborone (and Botswana)


As most of Botswana is occupied by the Kalahari Desert, it would be fun to see some of it, so we drove hundreds of kilometres in our search for it, without any results...

The main road between the towns of Molepolole and Lethakeng. Speed limit: 120 km/h


Highway in the middle of nowhere. (Between Lethakeng and the tiny village og Dultwe).


One of the small villages along the route...




Only form of life there... (except for all the ants of course)


The day after we went to the mining town Jwaneng. This is one of the richest diamond mines in the world. Couldn't see much of the mine itself unfortunately.. only the gigantic slag heaps in the distance.

Main entrance





That's it for now. Next up is Sun City and Pretoria.
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Old March 15th, 2008, 03:24 PM   #13
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Cool pictures, Kjetilab! Not often we see pictures from Africa. Regarding the safari, how close did you get to the animals. It looks like you got quite close or maybe you just have a great zoom lens.
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Old October 11th, 2009, 02:15 PM   #14
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I fugured it was about time to finish this tread by now, only one and a half years late..

DenverDane: We got quite close to the animals because they are used to the trucks. So as long as we stayed in the truck they really didn't bother to much. (I used a semi-compact camera with x18 optical zoom)

Sun City

Sun city is a resort in the Pilanesberg mountains and national park northwest of Johannesburg and Pretoria most known for its casinos, golf courses, crocodile farm and possibly the most extravagant building in the southern Hemisphere, the Palace of The Lost City hotel


The tallest hotel, (12 floors). Also the last stop for the monorail from the entrance parking.





The Crocodile farm:









A Monitor lizard

The Palace of the Lost City:














...and off to Pretoria
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Old October 11th, 2009, 02:52 PM   #15
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Pretoria

Pretoria is the capital of South Africa and home to the central government (the Parliament is located in Cape Town, and the Supreme Court in Bloemfontein).

I was strongly adviced to not bring my camera while walking in town, so all pictures are taken from the hotel roof.
(and I apologize for the poor quality, and my lack of photoshop skills)

Skyline






Federal reserve Building (150 metres tall)


the brutalist ABSA building




Voortrekker monument in the background


Union Buildings - offices of the South African president




Last update will be Johannesburg and Soweto
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Old October 12th, 2009, 11:32 PM   #16
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Joburg and Soweto

For my last day up north I took a guided tour through Johannesburg and Soweto. As you all know, Jo'burg is one of the crime capitals of the world, so not much walking outside. But at least I got to sit in the front of the mini bus

Johannesburg is the economic capital of South Africa, and the stock exchange (JSE) is one of the biggest in the world, much due to the mining of precious metal in SA (diamonds, gold, platinum)

Sandton (northern suburb) in the distance through the smog. During the 1980s many businesses (JSE among others) relocated from downtown Johannesburg to Sandton due to the appaling crime rate.

Michelangelo Towers (140 metres) in the middle.

Passing downtown on the southern bypass

Carlton Centre (222 metres), Africas tallest building



Hillbrow tower, tallest structure in South Africa, 270 metres tall


The Hillbrow district is one of the most dangerous areas of the inner city, to a large extent it's a highrise slum.






The Constitutional Court, located in an old prison for enemies of the Apartheid regime










Nelson Mandela Bridge, crosses the railway tracks that devides the city in two. Jo'burg CBD is located on the south side.


Elevated highway over the produce market


The glass building was the former HQ for De Beers mining company


Diagonal street was on of the few street where blacks were allowed to go shopping in the inner city during the Apartheid era.


Johannesburg old city hall




Close up of Carlton Centre. There's a public oberservation deck on the 50th floor, but unfortunatly there was no time to go there..






Soweto

Some parts of Soweto is middle class residential, there are a few villas, Africa's biggest hospital and plenty of informal settlements.







Soweto landmark. The old power plant cooling towers. Now adopted by First National Bank










Kindergarden in an Informal settlement


The Hector Pieterson memorial in Orlando West. Named after the first to be killed during the Soweto uprising which killed some 600 people


Sentech tower


Orlando Stadium, home grounds to SAs most popular soccer team, Orlando Pirates


Soccer city, the finale venue for the 2010 WC (capasity 95.000)


...and that was the last picture. Hope you enjoyed it.
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Old October 13th, 2009, 07:14 PM   #17
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Something different... very nice photos indeed @kjetilab
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Old May 18th, 2012, 04:27 PM   #18
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Great Pictures

Where did you go exactly on Safari in Africa. There are a lot of countries offering Safaris. The most popular ones that I know of are http://www.krugerpark.travel and http://www.pilanesbergnationalpark.org/
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Old May 18th, 2012, 05:29 PM   #19
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I went to Mabula Game Lodge in Limpopo, South Africa. Opposed to e.g. the Kruger Park, this area is Malaria free.
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