Natal Revisited - Dec 2000
road through the Free State can be boring. Such
wide open spaces where you can sometimes see the
day after tomorrow.
of course until you get to the hilly part of the
Natal Midlands (Foot-in-Mouth area).The roads are
in general very nice to travel on. Three lanes to
cater for all the heavy duty transport vehicles
and for people who don't know how to drive.
is limited to 120Km/h though most people average
140Km/h with some idiots been known to do in
excess of 200Km/h.Sometimes they do get caught!
of course, space is needed for breakdowns which
is a very frequent occurance on South African
cars are being "obtained" which cannot
be maintained which of course eventually leads to
a breakdown. If
you feel the need to see Mercedes and BMW cars on
the side of the road with hoods open, South
Africa is the place to be!
: Whatever that means in Kwa-Zulu Natal!They're
everywhere. Amazing that all these resources
can't be harnassed to educate the driver. And
believe me, there's lots that need plenty
beachfront will probably never change. Same as
all the previous years with Rickshaw's all over
the place. Don't take pictures of these guys
though - even when they offer, you'll pay!
why I don't have any pics of them). There are
plenty so-called carguards around who will keep
an eye on your vehicle for a tip. Police
are everywhere with a station right on the
beachfront itself. This does not deter the hordes
of beggars though with parents using their little
kids to do the work. Watch out for these though!
hawkers everywhere! Walk down the "Golden
Mile" and thats' all you'll see. If you're
visiting from another country (outside of Africa
that is), take cash with. There is plenty African
related statues, relics, masks etc. to be had.
Don't buy from the first hawker either. Take a
walk, you'll probably find the same for cheaper
further down. Bargain with price to get a better
watch your wallet!
this is where I start getting upset. In spite of
heavy spotfines for littering, this is what it
generally looks like on your way to the actual
beach.This specific spot is about a Hundred and
Fifty meters away from the "copshop".
Where does this come from and why is there no-one
to clean it up? Talk about creating jobs, is that
what they mean by it? Can't
people / visitors / locals whatever not think for
themselves, or are we tending towards the general
African attitude of "we do what we
beach is safe to walk on. The sea is a different
story though. Click on the picture to get the
larger version and see if you can spot any white
holiday makers. You'll find two. This is not
called the Indian Ocean for nothing. If you
really feel like swimming, rather visit one of
the nearby beaches.The picture was taken just
before the December break. During the holidays
you will not see the sea but a mass of black
bobbing up and down.
perfect example of this "can't give a
damn" attitude. Mostly Indian and Black
families picnic in the parks overlooking the
beachfront. Kids carted in by bus on school tours
are the other culprits. There
is a dustbin dammit! Use it!
once you've seen what you want to see on the
beachfront, time to visit the varied eating
establishments at the harbor entrance. Prices are
the norm (no real ripp-off artists here). We
were lucky this day as we saw a whole bunch of
dolphins swimming past. Sorry, my other camera
wasn't with. And yes, that is my draught standing
closest to the camera!
ones, small ones, you'll see them all pass by.
And don't worry too much about the weather.
you enjoyed this quickie to Durban.
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Additional photos: Looking
down, City of Durban 1 & 2,
Sunrise 1 & 2,
The beachfront 1 & 2.