Scott Balson's trip to South Africa -
23rd September 2006 - Johannesburg

Perth : Johannesburg : Pretoria : Pietersburg : Pilgrim's Rest : Ladysmith : Champagne Castle : Estcourt : Durban : Ixopo
Kokstad : Port Elizabeth : Plettenburg Bay : Cape Town : Victoria West : Griquatown : Mafikeng : Johannesburg : Perth

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My last day in South Africa before returning to Australia. Today I travelled from Mafikeng to Johannesburg International Airport (formerly Jan Smuts). The route I took was Lichtenburg - Coligny - Krugersdorp.

I have covered just short of 6,000 kilometres in my rent a car on this trip and never felt threatened despite the media and recorded daily car hijackings.

The Business Day's weekend paper, The Weekender ran a two page feature on the Griquas and my book "Children of the Mist" endorsing its historical accuracy and reflecting that it is a work that retells early South African history from a Griqua perspective.

I was at the airport by 2pm and by 5 was on my way to Perth leaving some wonderful friends and memories behind.

On the road

Lichtenburg

On my way to Coligay

On the road to Krugersdorp

This is Krugersdorp

in 2006!

And Dutch house near JHBG!

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