Saturday, August 8th.
Today was going to be a long day of riding on the bus. We had to get back to Johannesburg for more tours tomorrow. Our route today would take us to the highest part of our trip, over a mountain range and through the forests, down to the city. It was supposed to be a beautiful ride though.
Our first stop was at a scenic place called God's Window. You walk up to a lookout so you can see over a mountain range. The weather was perfect for taking in some scenery today.
|Head West Young Man!|
We drove another 20 minutes through the mountains to our next scenic spot. It was called Pot Holes. I thought to myself, "Why would we need to see pot holes in the road? and why would they make them a big deal? We see them all the time in the US." When we arrived at the "Pot Holes" they weren't really pot hole in the road, they were pot holes in the rocks, where water cut its way through the rock over the years.
|Pot Holes...get it?|
We had a lot of fun at the pot holes, but it was time to venture on. our next stop was to see more mountain scenery at the 3 Rondavels. Meaning, a circular building with a thatched conical roof. they were rock formations from erosion. They were very pretty though. We took an unofficial tour group picture here as well.
|can you see the Rondavels? :)|
The rest of our bus ride to Johannesburg was uneventful. Don (our tour guide) gave us some more great history lessons about South Africa as we rode through more farming areas and into the city. We stopped at this Mandela memorial and Union Buildings right outside of Johannesburg.
|Park like setting at the Union Buildings|
|Largest Mandela statue|
We made it to our hotel after dark. The area were our hotel was located was surrounded by a block wall and a guard gate that we had to go through. It was an upscale area with restaurants, a mall and lots of shops. Don told us about some good restaurants and happened to mention a steakhouse. Laurie and Mo honed in on the steakhouse and before we knew it, we were headed to dinner. Matt, Laurie, Mo and I had an excellent meal! We each had filets, veggies and a salad for about $30 each. The pricing was awesome...so was the food. After dinner we were all pretty tired from a long bus ride, so dancing in he hotel was out of the question.