Jan 19 - Durban here we come!

We are now in Durban and we have started to explore the city. We traveled here through Swaziland wich was an experience of its own.

We found accomodation easy in Barberton. A very small city with no turists at all, or at least very few of them. All restaurants were open in connection with salary payments (and Jan 15th was obviously not such a day..). The hostess of Old Coach Rd guesthouse called to one of the restaurants and they promised to keep the kitchen open until we came. We got our dinner and when we arrive back to the guesthouse we fell quickly asleep after a beer and talk with the host.

Jan 14 up early. We had decided to go through the scenic, but bad road to Swaziland, and we were told that the 45km would take us 2,5 h. How can 45 km take that long?? We headed “happy as hippos” towards Swaziland. First 10 km were fine with sealed road. We even enjoyed the stunning view. But then the nightmare started. Yes, we know that we had been warned both from the host and the LP guidebook, but we could not believe that the road was that bad. Eli started to cry half way and she did not stop until we were at the border. The view ?? Don’t know really. Johan had to look at the road which was covered with huge sharp stones. And were there weren’t any stones there were big holes. The Opel Corsa that we are driving is not meant for those type of roads for sure. At one occation we even had to leave some spareparts on the road that were scraped off underneath the car. Phuuu. NO more unsealed roads for Eli anyway!

The rest of the journey to the capital of Swaziland, Mbabane, was fine. Really beatiful country with a nice mountain view werever you turned your head. We did some sightseeing in Mbabane and the next day we passed through the country and back to South Africa. We passed the border in the south and spent the night in St Lucia. The weather in Swaziland were nice. Around 25C during the day and maybe 19C in the evening. St Lucia met us with hot humid weather. It feels atleast 10C more with the humidity. Anyway. The thermometer said 31C but felt like 40C.

We left St Lucia at 11.00, after our first sleep in. Really nice and I think that we deserved it. We headed towards Durban and arrived here Jan 18 at 18.00 after a nice stop in Umhlanga Rocks, a tropical beachparadise.

We had some problems finding accomodation here in Durban but after some phone calls we found one night in one place and the two coming nights in another guesthouse. We have checked in to the second place already and it is really nice. A huge room with a veranda out towards the garden and the pool. I think that this is so far the nicest place we have stayed at.

Sorry guy’s. We do not have time to sit at the internet cafe anymore. Now we need to do some serious sightseeing.

/Eli & Johan

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