Travel theme: Roads

I don’t usually do the Travel Theme challenge because writing takes up so much time. When it comes to roads, however, Africa must have the most interesting roads of all – and I thought I’d share a few…

Only in Africa: first cross the river, then drive over the bridge.

Only in Africa: first cross the river, then drive over the bridge.

The road to The Hell - or Gamkaskloof - offers breathtaking scenery and some breathless moments

The road to The Hell – or Gamkaskloof – offers breathtaking scenery and some breathless moments

The bridge that wasn't

The bridge that wasn’t

And sometimes you have to hold your breath..

And sometimes you have to hold your breath…the pole sticking out an your left is what you’re aiming at…to the right is a deep hole. (First do a walk-through after having made sure there are no beasties around)

Of course there are main roads, tarred roads and speedways; but it's much more fun negotiating a fast exit past an elephant.

Of course there are main roads, tarred roads and speedways; but it’s much more fun negotiating a fast exit past an elephant.

Don’t get the wrong impression, though: most roads are first-world standard. In Southern Africa you’ll seldom need to leave the tar to get to major destinations. However, the allure of the road less travelled will always tempt the explorer in each of us. And that, in famous words, makes all the difference.

12 thoughts on “Travel theme: Roads

  1. Marjolijn Joosten

    Really awesome pictures. I looked some time at each of them, one get a good *feel* what is is like.

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  2. colonialist

    Those roads are the types I love!
    Correction – unless the first-world roads are into the pothole-collecting business, ours are not really up to par any more. It seems the battle to control them is a losing one – particularly when a ‘company’ which has won a contract to repair a long stretch deploys a single woman, a spade, and a wheelbarrow.

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    1. Amos van der Merwe Post author

      Yeah. I just wanted the Lion-in-the-Streets crowd to realise all our roads are not submerged and all our bridges don’t look like that. Maybe one should do a pothole challenge to see where it is the worst. The winner can win a shovel.

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  3. Rita van der Linde

    Lovely Pic’s Amos. Like the one were you’re hurrying away from the Elephant or
    him from you? And then I saw that you have a traveling companion, over wich I’m
    so happy, have been worrying that youre alone on you trips in Darkest Africa. My
    2 boys went to Sanlameer this week for business and just because they went
    without their wives I phoned them every day. A mother out of hell?

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    1. Amos van der Merwe Post author

      I travel with two wonderful people – and I write about them occasionally in Leisure Wheels. (It’s better to travel with 2 vehicles in Africa). But me? I’m the hermit, remember? Better that way. I’m glad you phoned the boys – they need to be mothered, like all boys do!

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