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post #1 of 109 Old 08-25-2010, 03:35 AM Thread Starter
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All about South Africa :)

Here's the thread I promised you guys. I'll share all my knowledge of my beautiful country, and please dont be afraid to add your own knowledge, or ask questions.

I live in what appears to be kind of the middle east of South Africa, in the province of Mpumalanga. (I believe provinces are States?) There are 9 provinces in South Africa; Mpumalanga, Kwazulu Natal, Gauteng, Free State, Western Province, Eastern Cape, Limpopo Province, North West and Northen Cape. I dont know all of the towns/cities, but the ones I DO know are Johannesburg, Middleburg, Witbank, Boksburg, Pretoria, Belfast, Badplaas, Ermalo, Sabie, Nelspruit, and there are sooooo many more lol.

As Im sure you know, South Africa recently held the 2010 Soccer World Cup, and the stadiums that were built are beautiful, there is one in Joburg, I think in Pretoria, Cape Town, and Im not sure where else, but there is a stunning one in Durban. Here's a picture of the Durban Stadium:

Pretty isnt it?

Ok, now let me tell you about the Drakensburg mountains. They are a mountain range a little to the North. The last time I was there was in 2005, but I'm pretty sure it hasnt changed a bit lol. I would've gone on a school trip there a few months ago, but I had a show, so I couldn't. I cant get a picture of the mountains up now, since I'm on my mom's laptop, but I will as soon as I can.

We have a holiday house in a beach town called Peddington, which is roughly in Margate, which we love! We are going there in September, so I will get lots of pictures to post up for you guys to see when I get back.

As some of you may have seen in my picture thread, in July we went to Durban to see the Durban July, at the Greyville Racetrack. It was a really great weekend, the horses were amazingly beautiful and fast, and the track was beautiful. Here's a picture of the track:


Now for the my favourite subject, and place in the entire world: the Kruger National Park. This Park is just outside Nelspruit, runs along most of the Eastern end of South Africa, borders Limpopo, and is the one of the largest, and most beautiful Nature Reserves in the world. South Africa, along with the KNP, is home to the beautiful Big 5; the lion, buffalo, leaperd, elephant, and rhino. There are over 10 species of buck, the rarest being the Eland, over 50 species of bird (much to the delight of my bird mad family), the rarest being the lapped face vulture, and ground hornbill.

There are alot of species of animal, that are always a treat to see. Here's just a few:
Saddlebilled Stork
Wild Dog.

Here's a few pictures:
Kruger 002.jpg
Kruger 014.jpg
Kruger 031.jpg

Well, thats a little info on my beautiful country. Does anyone have any additional infomaton or any questions?

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post #2 of 109 Old 08-25-2010, 04:36 AM
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WOW! How awsome it must be to live there! The animals you see just running around, we only see in zoos! Are there lots of horses there? Do they ride for pleasure like we do here? What do the horses look like? Is there any wild horses there? Do they speak English there? WOW!

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post #3 of 109 Old 08-25-2010, 04:58 AM Thread Starter
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Lol. Yes theres lots of horses here. We have a lot of breeds, from TB's to ponies, just like you guys. Yes we ride for pleasure, although we do compete too.

Im not sure if there are wild horses, I dont think so. There might be. There are alot of languages spoken here; Afrikaans, Zulu, some French, and of course, English :)
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Oh I love South Africa! Haven't been but everyone I've met from there has been super friendly. And you have Crunchie bars...
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post #5 of 109 Old 08-25-2010, 08:56 AM
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Thank you for posting the thread. I love listening about life in different countries. :)
When I lived back home, my best friend had family in Cape Town. She was planning to move there, not sure why she changed her mind. Lol I would have moved if I were her.
Such beautiful country!

And when I was little my father spent a year in Luanda, Angola. So I have an idea about the city life.
Could you write a little more about the wildlife though?
Are these the only pictures of animals you have? Do you ever find any snakes or other reptiles? How about tarantulas?
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Neat thread! I love hearing about different countries also!
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post #7 of 109 Old 08-25-2010, 09:04 AM
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I love hearing about different places, it sounds so nice :).
I don't mean to be mean but isn't it really dodgy there sometimes... my friend moved from there ages and ages ago now (so it could of changed) and she said people lived in cages not cages cages but like they had wire fencing aound thier house to protect themself??
I may be thinking of a different place lol I always get them confused failed geography :P
another question do you speak any of those languages??
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post #8 of 109 Old 08-25-2010, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, we really love S.A

And you have Crunchie bars...
Oooooh I love me some Crunchie bars lol.

RedTree, the crime rate IS high, but only in certain parts of the country, and yes some people live with wire around their house. En ja, ek kan afrikaans praat ( I can speak afrikaans.) lol

All4Crystal, I have plenty of other pictures, but not on this computer, I will get them asap :)

We have lotttttts of reptiles, from lizards to snakes and crocodiles. We have lots of spiders, ESP. tarantulas lol, I am always being woken up to my mom screaming cause theres a tarantula in the bathroom lol.

Is there anything else you would like to know about the wildlife? Or does anyone else have a question?

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Well there goes my South Africa dreams....I never leave the Aussie airport because I'm so terrified of their huntsman spiders...I wouldn't fair well with a tarantula in my bathroom. I'd have to move every other day O_O
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post #10 of 109 Old 08-25-2010, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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^^ lol, or do what my mom does and put the cat in with it. Problem solved hahaha

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