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Old Nov 16, 2008, 9:31 AM   #1
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If you want to go to South Africa and feel the breeze of "True Africa", Port St John's is the place to go. It's the main town in Pondoland, an area where a lot of original African culture, lifestyle and traditions are still alive (most of SA is pretty "westernized")

The layout of the town seen a bit from above (from the slope of Mt Thesiger):

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Old Nov 16, 2008, 9:36 AM   #2
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The town is located just south of the Mzimvubu (Umzimvubu) river mouth some 200 km's south of Durban. It boasts about beeing one of the two coastal towns in SA with a mountain rising just behind it's back (the other one being Cape Town). This shot was taken from the top of Mount Thesiger.

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Old Nov 16, 2008, 9:39 AM   #3
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To get to the top and the airstrip located there you take the highway south.:lol:

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Old Nov 16, 2008, 9:41 AM   #4
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If you want to cross the river you have to go several miles up river to the Pondo Bridge, passing places like Lusikisiki and Bizana on your way to Durban.
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But if you just want to get over to the other side for a walk you can use "the ferry" (it's the official name since the rowing-boat was replaced by this motorized device).
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Old Nov 16, 2008, 9:51 AM   #6
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With a longer lens I could identify the house we rent for our stay. It's the red house with green roof a little below and to the right of the picture's centre. Not too bad to have morning coffe resting your eyes on the Indian Ocean. The lighthouse is the Cape Hermes lighthouse built 1904, still in use.

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From the PondoBridge you have a wonderful view of the river approaching the sea.

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And back in town you come directly into the vibrant CBD. Yes, this is about it. It takes a few minutes to explore in it's full extension.

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I especially like the road signs in #3... don't ask me why :roll:. Nice story, too.

Happy snapping! :|
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Old Nov 16, 2008, 12:23 PM   #10
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Heja Sverige -Hi Kjell

Thanks for taking us with You on Your travel - sure is a very nice treaton a greyand rainyNovembersday in Denmark.

Comforting too, in veiw of the predicaments seeking our Californian friends.

Very Nice pictures indeed

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