South African Expedition 2000
Saturday 22 January
Then it was back to the campsite, and the long, 5 hour drive back to civilisation.
We were due to be dropped off at Johannesburg airport for our flight to Cape Town, and so had to wait while all the others were dropped of first. Pretoria was OK, but Johannesburg was a real eye opener. The suburbs were full of well to do homes, but all had the most elaborate security. Barbed wire fences, CCTV, 12 foot high walls, guard dogs. Every home had enough security for a small prison.
An then we went into the city centre. After dropping the last of the group at the bus station, we drove off into down town Jburg. And it was real scary. Even though we were in a minibus, none of us felt safe. Most of the down town area was now inhabited by Nigerian illegal immigrants. I just cannot get across how frightening that place was. Not a place Im in any rush to go back to.
At the airport, we checked in and were able to get an earlier flight than was anticipated. And so by 10pm, we were in Cape Town.
Our hotel was situated in Sea Point, a part of Cape Town which had probably seen better days, but was adequate for our needs, with enough bars and fast food places to keep us going.
We went to a few bars (including a few that with hindsight we wouldnt have gone anywhere near), and ended up playing pool and drinking Castle in The Irish Rover. A real piece of Ireland to be sure. Got w##kered.