TRAVEL SOUTH AFRICA A LETTER FROM AFRICA PART 3 No. 3
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 Kutash ©|
There was sheer pandemonium because all Herman and his wife Mari’s pets where in danger from having this boa constructor swallow them whole, so everyone was scurrying around trying to get all the pets indoors away from the snake. Ronnie was doing remarkably well for having been the person sitting right next to the snake, which made a hasty retreat as nightfall was to its advantage. Wherever we went that night and the next day, we were all on the lookout for that creature for nobody was keen on having another sighting.
|1947 Lincoln V 12 Convertible Image: © Noleen Kutash|
|1959 Mercury Monterey Image: © Noleen Kutash|
|1940 Ford V8 Pick-up Truck - Image: © Noleen Kutash|
|Vintage Farm Equipment and Petrol Pump - Image: © Noleen Kutash|
Approximately 10 Km from Swaziland we drove through a small town called Pongolo, it was just picturesque, and I wish we had more time to explore this area. However, we were heading south approximately 45km outside of a town called Vryheid (Freedom) towards the Battlegrounds of Blood River; so called due to the colour of the Ncome River turning red from blood.
|Blood-river Voortrekkers South Africa © Noleen Kutash|
|Monument Blood-river Voortrekkers South Africa © Noleen Kutash|
|A Zulu Kraal (number of huts arranged and the center housed the all important live-stock)|
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.
|Howick Falls - Image: Noleen Kutash ©|
|The Road Sani Pass Southern Africa - Image Noleen Kutash ©|
|South Africa Drakensberg - Image: Noleen Kutash ©|
|View from the top of the Drakensberg - Image: Noleen Kutash ©|
|Sani Pass - Drakensberg - Image: Noleen Kutash ©|
|View Drakensberge South Africa - Image: Noleen Kutash ©|
|Home in Lesotho Southern Africa - Image: Noleen Kutash ©|
|Image: © Noleen Kutash Sani Pass Lesoto|