I had to meet up with my friend Elzette and her husband Ronnie in Komatipoort; known as the warmest town in all of South Africa, reaching temperatures of 50° Celsius (122° F ) in summer. Ronnie’s passion for vintage cars was the reason we were meeting here. Just outside Komatipoort, on a beautiful farm, you’ll find Herman Nel’s Old Car Haven Museum. This farm is approximately 5 km from the Mozambique boarder and 56 km from Swaziland boarder. It’s here in Herman’s museum after returning from a drive, in one of the old cars, that Herman, Elzette, Ronnie and I were chatting and enjoying a cocktail. Ronnie was sitting on a wall and reached back to place his empty glass behind him (notice where he placed the glass in the image) right next to this 12 foot (3.65 meter) snake.
|PYTHON SNAKE IMAGE: NOLEEN KUATSH ©|
We stayed at a place called The Buller in Ladysmith, and set off to find Spioenkop (“Spioen” meaning spy and “kop” meaning hill ) another skirmish between the British and the Boer’s this one on the 23rd and 24th of January 1900. It’s location 38 km (21 miles) west-south-west of Ladysmith on the hilltops along the Tugela River. There were 30,000 British against 8,000 Boers – This was a victory for the Boer’s. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Spion_Kop
From here we drove through spectacularly beautiful towns like Winterton and Mooirivier; stopped and had tea at The Junction and then moved on to Howick Falls. We were heading for Sani Pass in the Drakensberg Mountains.