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.

Beautiful place with slum

Table Mountain. D place u must go when u visit Cape Town. D building is cable car station.

View from Table Mountain.

Proud Ostrich turned its head away when taking photo

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。

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.

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

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

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


Mandarin Wine Club said...

Lam San

Reading your blog is like travelling around the world.

Nice pic!! 加油~~


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