Johannesburg in a Day

I’ve just come back from a short but sweet trip to South Africa which was an amazing experience. The country is beautiful. The people and so friendly and welcoming. And the history is astonishing.

I must confess, before my visit I hadn’t really taken any time to understand the history of the country I was going to. I had heard of Nelson Mandela and knew he was an amazing man. I had heard of apartheid and knew it had a massive impact on the country, an impact it was still recovering from. But beyond that I didn’t know much.

My trip included one day in Johannesburg which provided the perfect opportunity to improve my knowledge of this amazing country’s spotted history.

Johannesburg Cooling Towers

Continue reading

My First Travel Vaccination Experience

Up until now I have travelled to countries that do have any additional health related requirements. I simply get my travel insurance, pack my European Health Insurance Card (EHIC / E111) if I’m going to Europe, and off I go.

Next month I am heading off to South Africa, a far away land outside of Europe that contains many unknowns. Added to that, I am going on a safari to the only part of South Africa that has a malaria risk – Kruger National Park. I figured it was time to understand what medication and vaccinations I need, and how to get them as cheaply as possible.

(Note I did this 6 weeks before my trip – actually you should do it at least 8 weeks before. This gives you time to ensure you can receive all the vaccines you need, as well as buy a little extra time just in case what you need isn’t available)


Continue reading