Travel Diary: South Africa

Travel Diary: South Africa
ESSENCE.COM Mar, 07, 2010

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“I left South Africa having made a lot of friends,” says Danya, pictured here with a friend in Cape Town.

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Cape Town is nestled between two mountain ridges known as the Cape Peninsula. It is also the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic oceans, so there are plenty of beaches.

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Despite sitting on the southwestern tip of Africa, Cape Town’s climate is much like that in the Mediterranean. Danya remembers being amazed by how close the mountains were to the city.

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South Africa has some of the best beaches in the world. It’s also known as one of the best places to go surfing. Here Danya takes a quiet moment at Big Bay beach in Cape Town

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Danya watches the sunset over Cape Town. In the distance you get a glimpse of just how close the mountains are to the city.

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Unusually tall street lights found in a township in Johannesburg. “I learned these were installed more for the benefit of the apartheid government (seeking to find, target and pursue South African activists during the apartheid struggle) than for providing light to residents in the community,” says Danya.

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Danya has dinner with friend Nkululeko Luthuli, grandson of Africa’s first Nobel Prize winner, Albert Luthuli.

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Away from the cities, South Africa is also home to “The Big Five,” namely Lions, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino and Elephant, which an be found at various game reserves. Here Danya catches a glimpse of an elephant up close.


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