This is a complex subject, and I changed my mind—I won’t belabor it here. One has only to Google it—the whole story is there, and it is very interesting. But I will say this: Apartheid may be over, but racism is still alive in South Africa. But, one needs to remember that apartheid was only abolished as recently as 1994. That’s not a very long time.

No visit to Cape Town would be complete without a trip to the prison on Robben Island.


This is the cell where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years of imprisonment. He was convicted of sabotage in 1962. His cause was anti-apartheid.


On a lighter note, this is a real lion. He seemed to like having his hiney scratched. You’re supposed to walk alongside them, but they walk very fast (and go where they want to go) and I was having a hard time keeping up with him.


Guinea fowl. Aren’t they cute!


The long (and unpaved) road to Namibia.


A herd of mountain zebras gallops in front of the coach.



  1. Was that lion tranquilized? Was it that easy to scratch his hiney? WOW!

  2. OMG!! You scratched a LION's hiney!!! How cool is that!???!! I'm in CCCOLD NY where we have already had SNOW...more tomorrow...ready to come home, I am! One more week...

  3. Everything looks really exotic, for lack of a better adjective. Scratchin' the hiney???

  4. An educational trip--in many ways!


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