Monday, September 24, 2012


A trip up the cable way to the top of the Magliesburg range makes a pleasant days outing. The whole cable way system has been completely re-furbished and re opened in July this year.
View from the top at the Cable way station.
The cable way has become quite popular very quickly. We had to wait in a queue for about 1 hour before it was our turn to travel to the top. Once we arrived we were treated with a wonderful view of the Hartebeespoort dam which can be seen in the picture above.

The site is located about 40 kilometers west of Pretoria and about 70 kilometers from Johannesburg. On a clear day one can see both cities and prominent landmark buildings. It was a lovely clear day on this trip and we were able to see the highrise building of Johannesburg and Sandton.

It is also popular for paragliders that launch from this location. The then stay aloft for hours by using the air currents and updraughts.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Wine Cellar

Whilst on Holiday in the Western Cape we visited Franschoek, a picturesque town flanked by mountains on three sides. Thereafter we visited the La Motte wine farm. Of course one has to do some wine tasting during your visit. The settings at this farm were idyllic. The wine tasting room with its decor is magnificent. Adjacent to the room is this large wine cellar with an impressive array of casks that are sustained at a specific temperature.

There are dozens of wine farms in this area that contibutes to the bulk of the production in South Africa. The countryside is scenic and a pleasure to drive through.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Whilst on vacation in the Southern Cape I took a shot of this interesting tree on the banks of a lagoon. A perfect candidate to convert into a black and white shot. The town of Kleinmond is about 100 kilometers east of Cape Town. Many of these sea side towns have only about a third of their houses that are permanently occupied. The rest are vacation homes and the population swells during the month of December and other peaks seasons during the year. I spite of this the area is quite and affords one the opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Hermanus, not far from this town, is rather busy during the vacation seasons. And, it is a hive of activity when the Humpback wales are calving.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Jakaranda Spring

Once again the Jakarandas are in full bloom. The city is bathed in purple with flowers. It keeps many street sweepers busy as they fall to the ground. Spring days are hot in Pretoria with temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius at midday.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Gautrain Progress

June 28, 2008

August 19, 2009

June 21, 2010

The changing landscape of the motorway between Johannesburg and Pretoria is ever present with these three photos taken from the same spot over 2 years.

This is the bridge that will carry the Gautrain, across the Lyttleton junction.

The Gautrain (derived from Gauteng being the province) is an ambitious rapid rail link that will operate through many suburbs through Pretoria and Johannesburg. It will certainly make a positive contribution in easing the traffic congestion between the two cities. It's main function is to augment the development of the public transport infrastructure that is so badly needed in this region. And, it will provide a safe and rapid transport system to service the commuters traveling between the two cities.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

African Art

African art on display at the entrance to Mac Mac water fall in Mpumalanga (formerly the Eastern Transvaal). This site is located midway between Sabie and Graskop and is part of a picturesque and scenic route in the eastern part of the country. These stalls offer a variety of crafts for tourists and augment eco-tourism for the local inhabitants.

Just outside Sabie is the Long Tom pass where the Boers made there last stand against the British in the Anglo Boer war. It is also the one of the sites where the legendary Kruger Millions (in Gold Bullion) was supposedly buried by the fleeing Boers. Nobody has ever found it, but it stimulates the old folklore and imagination to believe that it does exist.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Fountains Circle

Fountains circle has been revamped in preparation for the soccer world cup with the kick off next friday on the 11 th June. Flags of the countries participating are proudly fluttering in the winter breeze. The Telkom communications tower in the background is sporting a giant football. This shot is not far from Lotus Versfeld where the USA and Algeria will play their pool match.