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Pictures of our 2nd Africa trip 2014/15 to South Africa
- Part 1 from Namibia border to Capetown  (January 22nd to February 23rd, 2015)
3rd Major Repair of our LandCruiser FJ60 - 1982  (due to two broken sideshafts)
Angola Part 2 October 4th to 22nd, 2014
Angola Part 1 September 26th to October 4th, 2014
Namibia Part 2 from Windhoek to the Angolan border, back again and on to South Africa
Namibia Part 1 from Walvis Bay to Windhoek
Cape Verde (totally 9 websites) see below
South Africa Part 2 from Capetown to Tsitsikamma National Park February 24th to March 13th, 2015
South Africa Part 3 from Addo National Park to the Lesotho border March 13th to April 7th, 2015
Lesotho April 7th to 15th, 2015
South Africa Part 4 from the Lesotho to the Swaziland border April 15th to 23rd, 2015
Swaziland April 23rd to 28th, 2015
South Africa Part 5 from the Swaziland to the Botswana border  April 28th to May 15th, 2015
Armed Robbery in Malawi on July 31st/August 1st, 2015
Ethiopia Part 1   from Kenya to Djibouti October 25th to November 18th, 2015
Djibouti October 18th to 27th, 2015
Ethiopia Part 2 – from Djibouti to Sudan November 27th to December 9th, 2015
Sudan December 9th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016
Saudi Arabia January 9th to 12th, 2016
South Africa Map
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latest picture: February 24, 2015
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001  View from the Goegap Nature
Reserve, 9 miles [15km] east of Springbok
over the semi desert of Namaqualand,
which transforms into a beautiful flower
carpet in springtime (mid Sept.→ Oct.)
002  No hectic: The little quiet
village of Kamieskroon in the
Northern Cape along the road
003  Chacma Baboons (Papio
ursinus) quench their thirst at a
little pond along the main road.
Monkeys never live far from
a water source
On the ride from Clanwilliam to the Cederberg Mountains, it crashes again – after only 2’312 miles [3720 km] since the first axle fracture
in Angola. The rear right wheel breaks off. Emil secures the spot with a triangle, followed by long hard work underneath the car
004  This time we are stuck again
without wheel after only 93.2 driving
hours in the middle of the road
to the Cederberg Mountains .....
005  ….. already in his “fatigues”,
Emil secures the spot with a triangle.
Fortunately it is on a straight
mountain stretch with little traffic …..
006  ….. then Emil starts his work
underneath the LandCruiser. At
least this time it is on stable ground.
Around a dozen cars stop
offering us help
007  At the small “Kleinkliphuis” Nature
Reserve in the Cederberg Mountains,
where we recover from the axle fracture
and its repair, the view reaches the
plain of the Olifantsrivier valley …..
008  ….. and shows nature at its
finest: A natural “window”
at a craggy rock formation
009  The “round plates” in the plain
of the Olifantsrivier valley near
Clanwilliam have been formed by
the method of irrigation of the fields
010  We set up camp at the small
private “Kleinkliphuis” Natur Reserve.
Emil is working on the laptop …..
011  ….. while Liliana hangs up
the clothes she washed by hand
012  We baptized it “Oscar”, the black
dung beetle (Circellium bacchus) that
in all our years of travelling shows up
on and off and became our mascot
The setting sun sets rocks, trees and the sky around our peaceful “Kleinkliphuis” camp on fire
016  A single tree towers over the rock
formations of the Cederberg Mountains at
the “Kleinkliphuis” Nature Reserve …..
017  ….. a desert cabbage (Kalanchoe
tetraphylla), a succulent plant, sprouts
from the rocky arid terrain …..
018  ….. half hidden below the scrub
golden barrel cacti (Echinocactus
grusonii) are growing
019  Our LandCruiser rolls over the
lonely and spectacular 3’025 ft. [922m]
high Pakhuis Pass over the Cederberg
Mountains, also a popular hiking area
020  Close to the Pakhuis Pass two
leafless trees stick out ghostly from
interestingly “silted” fields
021  On the “Sevilla Rock Art Trail” in
the Cederberg Mountains Liliana studies
the rock art flyer of the Bushmen at the
Brandewyn river. The three miles [5km]
long trail starts at the “Traveller’s Rest", 21
miles [34km] northeast of Clanwilliam
along the Wupperthal road
022  In a cave Emil takes a picture of rock
paintings of the “San” people – the Bushmen
who inhabited this area before ten of thousands
of years. Today they do mostly farming
023  On the 5km long “Sevilla Rock
Art Trail” in the Cederberg Mountains
we admire: The "archer" …..
024  ….. the group of dancing ladies …..
025  ….. various images of
animals and people
026  ….. and the zebra cub
027  A carpet with red succulents – a plant
that can store water – revives the rocky
landscape at the “Sevilla Rock Art Trail”
028  Shall we risk it or not? Emil is
inspecting the piste leading to the “Soldier’s
Head” in the Cederberg region …..
029  ….. the stone of the
“Soldier’s Head” (looks to the right)
030  Perfectly camouflaged lizard: A
southern rock agama (Agama atra) in the
stony terrain of the Cederberg Mountains
031  The Clanwilliam Dam Reservoir
staunches mainly the Olifants river and
irrigates the agriculture downstream. In
the background the Cederberg Mountains
032  Between Piketsberg and Porterville
in the Western Cape a small farm nestles
between the huge harvested wheat fields
033  Is there a more magic name than
“Peace of Africa”? The campsite
in Porterville attracts us irresistibly
034  From our camping “Peace of Africa”
in Porterville we overlook the Swartland plain
with clusters of trees, farms and ponds …..
035  ….. and enjoy the beautiful sunset …..
036  ….. and the mystic mood at
sundown over the Swartland plain
Views from the 1'760 ft. [536m] high Piekenierskloof Pass,
which lies between the Olifantsrivier valley and the Swartland plain:
039  A flock of African sacred ibises
(Threskiornis aethiopicus) gather
on a mound in the dried up steppe
037  Eastern view towards
the Cederberg Mountains
038  Southern view
towards the Swartland
040  View from the beach at Milnerton,
about 7 miles [11km] north of
Capetown, to the Table Mountain
– the landmark of Capetown
041  “Shall I go into the water or not?”
– A little girl with a frizzy mane
of hair is looking to the sea
042  Alexandra on the fruit market
near Milnerton: Grapes, plums, peaches,
apples, pears are sold in 5kg boxes
for 20 to 30 Rand (=US$1.80-2.70)
043  The owner of the “Cologne
House” in Milnerton allows us
to camp in his garden …..
044  ….. Emil’s favorite place for
computer work is the summer
house with its African mural
045  Serej and Manuel from Switzerland
visit us on February 17th, 2015, on our
„Ou Skip” Camping in Melkbosstrand.
We were their guests in Goroka Papua
New Guinea on October 24th, 2010
After the loss of the wheel in Angola, Emil studies our old and the sponsored axle housing at the workshop of “J.B’s Auto Repairs” in Capetown.
Our LandCruiser is jacked-up and Johann, the workshop owner, is getting ready to replace it. The complete repair is free of charge.
A huge thank you to our supporters of the LandCruiser Club Southern Africa
046  Our damaged and the donated axle
housing: Our axle casing ran over 442’733
miles [712’509km] (= 19’719 driving
hours). How many miles might
have the donated one?
047  Our LandCruiser is jacked-up by
Johann jun. of J.B.’s Auto Repairs and
his workshop employee. Johann sen. is
supervising it
048  A huge thankyou to our supporters
regarding the axle housing in the workshop
of J.B.’s Auto Repairs: (from right) Bennie
Smit, Ellen and Adolf Hüster and
Johann sen. In front: Johann jun.
049  At the Bloubergstrand with its
garden restaurants we meet members of the
LandCruiser Club Southern Africa …..
050  ….. the waitresses of “our” restaurant
in Bloubergstrand are ‘mixed’,
as is ‘right and proper’
051  Bloubergstrand is famous for
kitesurfing – here the Red Bull
competition on February 15th, 2015
052  People enjoy the sunny day and
the entertainment at the Bloubergstrand,
15½ [25km] miles north of Capetown
053  Nelson Mandela is looking down
from the Civic Center to Capetown’s
southeastern city center
054  Robben Island (2.00 sq.mi. [5.18 km²]):
At its (political) prison, Nelson Mandela
was jailed for almost two decades in a
43 sq.ft. [4m²] small solitary cell
055  Loud cackling geese are on a stroll
at the “Chapmans Peak Caravan Park” in
Sunvalley, 16 miles south of Capetown
056  ”Hello, here we are again”! The
turkey mother with her two chicks shows
up regularly to beg for food …..
057  ….. also the cute squirrel
can be spotted now and then
058  Delicate flowers blossom on this
wild “Violet Trumpet Vine” (Clytostoma
callistegioides) – a flower from the
violet family (Violaceae)
059  A golden spot in the green bushland:
A bright “African Bush Daisy” (Euryops
060  Long-stemmed water lilies, also
called “star lotus” (Nymphaea nouchali)
raise their heads towards the sun
061  Smiling African faces on the
Ubuntu mural of Lisa Martin
in Noordhoek
062  We stop on the „Glencairn Expressway“
to enjoy the panorama over Simon’s Town
at the shore of False Bay in the east
of the Cape Peninsula
063  View to the „Cape of Good Hope”,
the southwestern most point of the
African continent.
In the foreground the Diaz Beach
064  Here it does not go any further:
Liliana in front of the rock “Cape Point”
that forms the ‘end’ of the Cape Peninsula
065  Crowds are wandering up to the
“Cape Point” lighthouse, erected 1859
and lying 780 ft. [238m] above sea level
066  For a remembrance picture
we also pose (like everybody)
behind the “Cape Point” sign
067  To the Fynbos vegetation
of the Cape region belongs also
the beautiful protea …..
068  ….. as well as this flowering bush
Bruniaceae (Nebelia paleacea). It
grows in southern South Africa between
Port Elizabeth and Lamberts Bay
069  The permanently blowing
fierce wind bends the trees
on the Cape Peninsula
070  Cape cormorants (Phalacrocorax
capensis) and Cape fur seals
(Arctocephalus pusillus) have
settled on the windswept offshore
rock at the Cape of Good Hope
071  On 28.2.2015 our LandCruiser stands
for the second time at the “Cape of Good
Hope” on our epic journey, before we
drive North on Africa’s eastern side. The
first time was on 5.3.1992, after we arrived
on the western side from the North
072  Smile! Chinese tourists position
themselves for a remembrance photo
at the “Cape of Good Hope”
073  The Fynbos kingdom in the
Cape Region is a real treasure box
074  An eland (Taurotragus oryx) makes
 its appearance at Buffelsfontein in the
“Table Mountain National Park”
075  The diversity on South Africa’s
Fynbos plants is high, about
9’000 species can be found
076  View from the coastal road
over Kommetjie – the most southern
townlet of the African Atlantic coast
077  The 111½ ft. [34m] high Slangkop
Lighthouse lies south of the Noordhoek
Beach near Kommetjie on the western
side of the Cape Peninsula
078  The play of the waves
at Noordhoek Beach
079  The “Chapman’s Peak Drive”
between Noordhoek and Capetown follows
the Atlantic coast and offers magnificent
views: Here to the “Monkey Valley Resort”
and the 5 miles [8km] long Noordhoek Beach
080  Liliana and Emil enjoy the
views to the Noordhoek Beach
081  The sheer drops up to 525 ft.
[160m] to the sea are a scenic highlight
along the “Chapman’s Peak Drive”
082  View from “Chapman’s Peak
Drive” to the lovely Hout Bay. It was
built between 1915 and 1922
083  Blue umbrellas shape the picture of Camps
Bay, a popular but rather ‘cold’ beach resort
southwest of Capetown. The water temperature
is during the whole year only 56°F [13°C]
084  The mountain peaks of the
“Twelve apostles” – part of the
Table Mountain range –
tower over Camps Bay
085  Cape Town’s “Waterfront” with
the backdrop of the Table Mountain
is popular for strolling and shopping
086  A paraglider sails from the 1’150 ft.
[350m] high Signal Hill to the coast
087  View from Signal Hill
over Cape Town’s harbor
088  The Cape Town Stadium, built
for the World Cup 2010, was holding
64’100 people (currently its 55'000).
It is the eye-catcher from Signal Hill
089  We drive up to Signal Hill and
admire Capetown’s city panorama
extending below us. The city has a
population of about 3.8 millions
090  Magnificent view from Signal Hill
over Cape Town’s city center
and the Atlantic
Continuation to the next South African page: South Africa Part 2 February 24th to March 13th, 2015, from Capetown to Tsitsikamma National Park
The African trip 2013-15:
CapeVerde: Santiago/Praia part 1 – November18th to December 13th, 2013
CapeVerde: Fogo – Dezember13th to 23rd, 2013
CapeVerde: Brava – December 23rd to 26th, 2013
Cape Verde: Santiago/Praia part 2 – December 26th, 2013 to February 28th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Nicolau – February 28th to March 13th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Vicente/Mindelo part 1 – March 13th to 20th, 2014
Cape Verde: Santo Antão/Eastern side part 1 – March 20th to April 7th, 2014
Cape Verde: Santo Antão/Western side part 2April 7th to 10th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Vicente/Mindelo part 2April 10th to 29th, 2014
Namibia Part 1 from Walvis Bay to Windhoek
Angola Part 1 September 26th to October 4th, 2014
Angola Part 2 October 4th to 22nd, 2014
Namibia Part 2 from Windhoek to the Angolan border, back again and on to South Africa
3rd Major Repair of our LandCruiser FJ60 - 1982  (due to two broken sideshafts)