23 June, 2008

South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, June 2008 南非,津巴布韋,博茨瓦納,


South Africa :
South Africa is a beautiful place but with high crime rate. UN ranked South Africa second for assault and murder per capita and first for rapes per capita in the World. The unemployment rate is 40%, the housing loan interest rate is 15%. Companies are moving to other countries leaving many buildings in the city of Johannesburg empty. We are warmed not to step onto the street of Johannesburg city as it is not safe. Viewing the city from the coach, we saw no other race walking in the street of downtown Johannesburg but only the blacks.
Is it better now for the black people in current situation or then under apartheid rules ?


Zimbabwe :
Victoria Falls is very beautiful, it is a place not to be missed. However, Zimbabwe is another country in trouble. Do you know the exchange rate ?
1US Dollars=7 billion Zimbabwe dollars this morning and it is 8 billion now at night.

Botswana :
We did not see much of Botswana. Only at the boarder near Zimbabwe for game drive at Chobe National Park. However, according to Wikipedia, Since independence Botswana has had one of the fastest growth rates in per capita income in the world. Botswana has transformed itself from one of the poorest countries in the world to a middle-income country with a per capita GDP of $16,450 in 2007.



Arrival at small Cape Town airport on 2nd June 2008. It was under extension work preparing for World Cup 2010.
为迎接2008年世界杯正在扩建開普敦机场


Beautiful place with slum
美丽云端下的貧民窟


Table Mountain. D place u must go when u visit Cape Town. D building is cable car station.
浮游云中的桌山索道站


View from Table Mountain.
曾经沧海难为水,除却桌山不是云


Proud Ostrich turned its head away when taking photo
鸟样


Victoria and Alfred Waterfront


Pub in Long Street


Harbour cruise


Another Slum


Spier Winery


Paid to visit this Cheetah but it pretended to be sleeping.


At least this eagle did not pretend to sleep


This is Seal Island but we saw Sea lions instead. Check Internet and found :
"earless seals (true seals, without ear flaps) and eared seals (sea lions, with ear flaps)"


Want to buy a house here ?


Penguin Island


Learned about this place since I was in primary school, Cape of Good Hope。
好望角。

Did you see it ? if not, click the photos. The signboard of this light house at Cape of Good Hope indicated that from this point to Singapore is 9667 KM.
好望角灯塔下的告板显示距离新加坡9667公里。


Lesedi Cultural Village


Bikini anyone ?


Lesedi Cultural Village


City of Johannesburg


Downtown Johannesburg. Did not see one other race but only Black.


D'oreale Grande Hotel at Johannesburg where we stayed.


See the menu ? click the photo. Zebra, Giraffe or Warthog ? did not try warthog but the other two, zebra was OK, giraffe was not very nice.


Game meat dinner
野餐,要斑馬肉还是長頸鹿肉?


Vic Falls Airport at Zimbabwe. Plane stopped right in front of the building and we just walked in.


Kingdom Hotel Zimbabwe


Kingdom Hotel Casino Zimbabwe


Rainbows and Victoria Falls


Victoria Falls


Hippo in Sunset


Arriving at Botswana, click the pic.


Impala (Antelope) in Chobe National Park of Botswana


Chobe National Park in Botswana


Chobe National Park in Botswana


Chobe National Park in Botswana

Kudu (Antelope) in Chobe National Park of Botswana


Chobe National Park in Botswana


Chobe National Park in Botswana


Sundown Ranch Lion Park


Sashimi beef dinner


The King in Lion Park, click the pic
唯我独尊


Entrance of The Lost City Palace Hotel


The Lost City Palace Hotel


View from the tower of Palace Hotel


Palace Hotel


The Lost City


Rhino in Pilanesberg National Park

Zebra in Pilanesberg National Park


Night Safari at Pilanesberg National Park

2 comments:

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