Pole to Pole
Day 123: Soutpansberg Mountains to Johannesburg
How different my circumstances were when we crossed into the tropics nine weeks ago. From the Wadi Halfa ferry to a BMW.
We reach Pietersburg, to the passing eye clean, well-kept and affluent, and on through towns whose lumpy names, like Potgietersrus and Naboomspruit, declare their origin in the years following the Great Trek of 1837 when 10,000 Boer settlers, unable to coexist with the British, left the Cape and moved north. Now they are proud communities announcing themselves with weighty concrete signs. Hotels and shopping malls are going up behind false brick fašades and the car parks are full of BMWs like mine. Sanctions don't appear to have caused much pain up here.
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- Day: 123
- Country/sea: South Africa
- Place: Pietersburg
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