Travel Recommendations

  [caption id="attachment_15950" align="aligncenter" width="551"] Swartberg Pass winding down towards Prince Albert[/caption]   North of the Cango valley is the Swartberg Pass. Prior to the building of this pass there were only two unreliable passes through the Swartberg,connecting the Little Karoo and Big Karoo, that were often impassable.

  This lower road through the Swartberg between Prince Albert and Oudsthorn was pioneered by P.J. Meiring who farmed in the pass . The first road was built in 1857 by A.G.De Smit and the 16 km pass opened in 1858. The road crossed the river 21 times which made it impassable during wet conditions. An upgraded tar road with causeways, shortening the road but now with 30 river crossings.

  Standerton, which lies on the banks of the Vaal River war founded in 1878, and named after the Boer leader Commandant A.H. Stander.

For the elephant addicts a visit to Addo will be especially rewarding. The park is about an hours drive from Port Elizebeth, ( 72kms), and as such is very convenient for fly-in visitors who can self drive or make arrangements with local operators. The reserve has very comfortable self catering chalets and for those who wish to be catered for the main camp has a good restuarant.

Chobe National Park in northern Botswana is a must see for any visitors to Southern Africa. The Chobe National Park is on the South Bank of the Chobe and bordering Namibia, and forms the northern part of the extensive wetland area of the Okavongo.

  A trip through the old Transkei which now forms part of the Eastern Cape Province always evokes many emotions. Transkei became independant in 1976 under the rule of Chief Matanzima as part of the S.A. Governments attempt to segregate the country.

Haenertsburg lies on the road between Pietersburg (Polokwane) and Tzaneen in the Magoebaskloof area. It is very easy to bypass this small village, but avoid this temptation and either drop in for a visit or better still stay in one of the many guesthouses.

Zimanga Private Game Reserve is situated just north of Mkuze and about 320 kilometers north of Durban on the N2. The reserve is also accessible by air. The Coordinates for the main gate are : 27deg.34min.11sec S and 32deg.00min.10.89sec E.

  Port Alfred was established in the 1820's by British Settlers in the Albany County. The town lies on the mouth of the Kowie River and the harbour was established in the 1840's which allowed tall ships to berth in the mouth.

Cecil John Rhodes (1853 - 1902), a controversial individual in South Africa, was born in England, and came out to Natal, before moving up to the newly discovered diamond fields. In his short life he managed to accumulate significant wealth, and enter into politics, becoming the Prime Minister of the Cape Province. He also went on to found Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).