South Africa Day 1: Johannesburg

Apartheid Museum

There is nothing like being thrown in at the deep end! We had landed at the airport early in the morning and our hotel accommodation would not be ready until early afternoon so a detour was necessary. No sooner had we arrived at Johannesburg airport, collected our luggage and made ourselves known to the tour guide Karen and our local guide Stuart, than we were whisked off by coach to the local Apartheid Museum. With the rise of the National Party in 1948 apartheid became a dark period in South African history. It resulted in racial segregation, where the rights of the majority black inhabitants of South Africa were curtailed and white supremacy and Afrikaner minority rule was maintained. Apartheid ended only in 1994. It was a thought provoking experience.

Indaba Hotel

From the apartheid museum we made our way to the Indaba Hotel, where we were to stay for one night. It was a comfortable hotel with lovely gardens. I had a chance to get to know a few of the other members of the group over a welcoming drink on the terrace before going to Chief Boma’s restaurant for an evening meal. The meal was in the form of a beautifully laid out buffet. Raw meat could be taken to one of the chefs, who cooked it on the spot.

Miriam Makeba – The Click Song