Category: South Africa


african-oscars

Well now that we leave Africa soon (Boo Hoo!) Muni & Molly’s African Oscars are now published.

The categories are : (drum roll please)

1. Best Accommadation / Hotel : Green Turtle Lodge, Dixcove, Ghana
2. Worst Accommadation / Hotel : Pensão Leeta, Mocimboa da Praia, Mozambique

3. Best Meal : La Colombe, Constainia, Cape Town, South Africa
4. Worst Meal : Cafe No Name, Arsi Negele, Ethiopia

5. Best Transport : CTM, Morocco
6. Worst Transport : Burundi

7. Friendliest People : Tied at Burkina Faso and Malawi
8. Unfriendliest People : White Namibians

9. Best Value : Ghana
10. Worst Value : Rwanda

And last but by no means least…

11. Best Beer : Primus 720ml, Burundi
12. Worst Beer : Laurentina Stout, Mozambique

And the most coveted award for biggest tosser in Africa goes to….

The fat, Afrikaner, make-up put on with a cement mixer, hair-do like a bulldog’s arse, manager of the Cat Nap Guest House in Springbok for her inability to take a booking 3 whole weeks in advance. Moan about the check in time, lie about her presence prior to us checking in and then only say that we had booked one night when two were requested. I hope you catch the clap from a toilet seat and you choke on some worm infested biltong again. Congratulations, your golden Oscar is in the post.

We’ve also added some additional categories for those that were worthy of such an acolade.

They are:

Toughest Day : 8th April 2009, Butare, Rwanda after visiting a genocide memorial. (I talk about it HERE)

Most adventerous moment: Boarding a tug boat to travel down Lake Tanganyika en-route to Kigoma, Tanzania

The 5 best highlights (in no particular order):

1. Getting up close and personal with 5 Silverbacks in Parc National de Volcans, Rwanda
2. Being pamered in Madikwe Safari Lodge, South Africa
3. Juming out of a dhow, after spotting Dolphins, onto the best beach in Africa. Praia de Chocas, Mozambique
4. Standing on the precipace of the plateau in Dogon Country, Mali
5. Giggling at the confluence of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean’s at the southern most tip of Africa

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Our Madikwe

We left the Plettenberg Bay area and made for an enchanting town called Hogsback. With its J.R. Tolkien connection the town has an odd feel. Surrounding areas with names such as Hobbiton and Middle Earth. Our accommodation was called “Away with the Fairies”. It too was quirky and somewhat enchanted – sort of!

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Yet again we were frustrated by a bank holiday weekend in visiting a game reserve. This time it was Kruger. As the quotas had been reached we were refused entry. Undaunted we continued to the Blyde River Canyon the next day only to find more of the same, except worse. The traffic was unbearable. We took consolation at the Three Rondvels and headed for Johannesburg.

Groot Marico was a quick stop over on the way to our holy grail, Madikwe. Let me explain what Madikwe means to us. When the days and nights got hard we kept telling ourselves “Madikwe!”. When the hotel room was flea ridden and the food was dire we kept telling ourselves “Madikwe!”. When it all got too much we kept telling ourselves “Madikwe!”.

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We knew Madikwe (from a previous trip) had giant earthy well thought out lodges with fluffy king size beds and pillows, an out door shower with a view, beautiful food, attentive service, game drives and all nestled in the bush. It has been our Mecca ever attracting us from the start and it didn’t disappoint. Especially once I finally got to see Wild Dog.

Our pictures just dont do the lodge justice so CLICK HERE for more info.

The African Safari is now officially over. Flights off this great continent booked. But to where? Watch this space…

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Well now that we leave Southern Africa soon Muni & Molly’s Southern African Oscars are now published.

The categories are : (drum roll please)…

1. Best Hotel : The Gecko Lounge, Malawi
2. Worst Hotel : Pensão Leeta, Mocimboa da Praia, Mozambique

3. Best Meal : La Colombe, Constainia, Cape Town – by far
4. Worst Meal : Hotel Palma, Palma, Mozambique

5. Best Transport : Zambia
6. Worst Transport : Namibia

7. Friendliest People : Malawi
8. Not so Friendly People : Namibia

9. Best Value : Mozambique
10. Worst Value : Malawi

And last but by no means least…

11. Best Beer : 1 Litre Frosted Glass Hansa Draught – Namibia with Maluti a very close second – Lesotho
12. Worst Beer : Laurentina Stout – dire!

And the most coveted award for biggest tosser goes to….

The fat, Afrikaner, make-up put on with a cement mixer, hair-do like a bulldog’s arse, manager of the Cat Nap Guest House in Springbok for her inability to take a booking 3 whole weeks in advance. Moan about the check in time, lie about her presence prior to us checking in and then only say that we had booked one night when two were requested. I hope you catch the clap from a toilet seat and you choke on some worm infested biltong.

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To the Cape

We trundle further and further down the South African west coast. Mountains on one side and the coast on another I feel like we are being willed forward and down hill. Like an unstoppable force upon a slippery object. We hold on tight to take in the wonderfully named Nababeep Namaqualand seasonal flowers. Oranges, purples, whites and blues bursting from the scrubby ground to create a magical carpet. Clanwilliam is such a beautiful town nestled in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains that we instantaneously want to live here. Drinking fine wines by the roaring fire in a thatched mansion seems like an agreeable plan.

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Suddenly, we find ourselves in Cape Town. Our penultimate landmark town. It’s as if we arrived here by accident. Hang on! Wasn’t this trip supposed to take us ages? This is all too quick – “Lets start again!” my brain tells me. It’s very relaxed and easy going, sort of like Jo’burg but with a conscience, maybe even a set of morals. In fine fettle we settle into a good room and explore this most famous of African cities. With it’s colonial architecture, wide streets and extremely placid residents we fit right in. Having a good ol’ laugh with the trinket sellers who are from all over Africa. Our Swahili being a great source of mirth to some Kenyans.

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Two whole minutes and ten metres after hiring our car we get rear-ended. And outside the car rental office no less. So, naturally our trip up Table Mountain was somewhat subdued. The scenario revised over and over in our heads. The mountain was covered with cloud anyway so there was not much to see. As a consolation we resolved to have a good meal at La Colombe restaurant on the Constantia-Uitsig vineyard in Constantia. To say that this food was the finest we have eaten on the trip would be a severe understatement. Six courses with the most delicious wine to wash it all down. Our spirits lightened somewhat, needless to say. The African Penguins on Boulder Beach also helped the next day, thanks fellas!

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After spending a day in Hermanus watching forty tonne Southern Right Whales breach from the freezing water we drive further east. With nervous excitement and mixed emotions we sit in the car. Just metres from our goal. It’s easier to say Cape Town to people but that’s not the most southern tip of Africa. Cape Agulhas is. This has been our end point all along and now we are here. We have come so far south that all there is left is water, Penguins and the Antarctic. We are at the confluence of two of the world’s greatest oceans and slowly we walk.

Flashbacks of the road here are racing through my mind. The people, the places and ever morphing Africa. It looks similar but feels different to that intrepid ferry crossing from Spain. My head is swirling, my emotions are confusing me. It’s good to be here but I want it to be further. I get a, “C-o-m-e on will ye!” from Molly and triumphantly I grab her hand and we saunter to the confluence.

7 Cape Agulhas

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