LOVE TO WANDER
We met up with Brian, who drove us all the way up the coast through Port Elizabeth and on to Shamwari Game Reserve. It took 5 hours in all. Bayethe Lodge is tented accommodation (although you would never really know you were actually in a tent!) set in very peaceful surroundings of rich vegetation giving a real feeling of seclusion with spectacular views of the African bush.
Brian said he spoke 3 languages - Afrikaans, English and nonsense! He chatted with us for most of the drive, which was a great way of learning about South Africa. This is just a small sample of what we learned.
There is no public transport outside the cities here, so you often see people walking alongside even very busy roads hoping for a free lift - or offering to pay for one . 70 percent of motorists carry no insurance, there is no requirement for an annual MOT and there is no points system for traffic offences. The vast majority of cars are white - to reflect the sun. The King of Swaziland has 52 wives. There is 32 percent unemployment and 10 - 15 percent of the population is illiterate.
Learning Afrikaans- Thank you very much is pronounced "buy a donkey"
Best travel tip - Keep some spare 2 and 1 rand coins handy - most of the toilets are coin operated.
Highlight - Arrival at Shamwari and our first game drive, where we we saw a lion.