Orientation Weekend

Arriving in Port Elizabeth, after having left our luggage we left for the orientation weekend in Tsitsikamma. The program: Zipline, hiking, braai (local BBQ), group games and meeting with other students.

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Integration week

After this wonderful WE, we are back on Port Elizabeth for this time, to discover the school: Nelson Mandela University (NMU), during this week we visited the school, Port Elizabeth and our first nature park: Kragga Kamma Park.

Summerstrand

Summerstrand is the neighbourhood where the student accommodation offered by EPITECH (Key & Summerstrand Hotel Campus) is located. It is an affluent neighbourhood on the Indian Ocean coast, although crime is quite common.

Ubuntu: not just a Linux Distrib !

The word ubuntu, derived from Bantu languages of southern Africa, denotes a concept close to the concepts of humanity and brotherhood. In South Africa, this term has been used, notably by the Nobel Peace Prize laureates Nelson Mandela.

Road Trip: The Garden Route !

From the desert landscape to northern national parks filled with dense and beautiful flora, South Africa is also renowned for its famous Garden Route, which borders the country's southern coastline between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

Fairy Knowe Backpackers

First stop in the city of Wilderness, in a passenger accommodation called "backpackers", all bookings were made through booking. com and airbnb. After a beautiful day of kayaking in rivers, we returned to share a braai with other travelers.

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Oudtshoorn - Cango Cave

The Cango Caves are a cultural and natural landmark in South Africa. The Cango Caves, 20 million years old, consists of a series of hidden chambers dug deep into a thick layer of limestone rock. They are located in the Swartberg Mountains, 30 kilometres north of Oudtshoorn.

Oudtshoorn - Cango Ranch

The Cango Ranch is a conservation centre for endangered animals. There are more than 90 animal species. 100 people work full-time. We were lucky to be able to approach a sick cheetah, collected for care before being released into the wild.

Oudtshoorn - Ostrich Farm

Oudtshoorn is a city renowned for being THE city of ostriches. So we visited a farm as good tourists. We had the opportunity to attend a complete presentation of the farm a good meal and as a bonus to make a "race" of ostriches.

Riverstorm - Bloukrans Bungy Jumping

The Bloukrans Bungy is the highest bungee jump from a bridge in the world. It is also the highest commercial natural bungee jump in the world. The Bloukrans Bridge is 216 metres above the Bloukrans River.

Swartberg Nature Reserve

The Swartberg Nature Reserve is a small 121,000 hectare area between the Groot and Klein Karoo between Prince Albert and Oudtshoorn. There is a road (1.5 hours by car) in the mountains crossing magnificent landscapes.
4x4 strongly recommended!

Cape Town : Mother City !

Final stage of the Garden Route: Cape Town (Cape Town). Cape Town is the second largest city in South Africa and the capital of the Western Cape Province. It is the first destination for vacationers. Life there is a little more expensive than in the rest of South Africa.

Acomodation

For this stay in Cape Town, we have booked accommodation for a dozen people on Airbnb at 30 minutes by car from the city centre. In addition to the magnificent waterfront house, the owner was kind enough to give us free access to his Pedalboat.

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Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach near Simon's Town has a lot of potential: ancient granite rocks protect it from the wind and large waves, and is home to 26,000 pairs of penguins, making it an ideal swimming spot. On the other hand, you should not be frightened, the water is quite cold.

Table Mountain

The Mountain Table is one of the seven wonders of the natural world, a flat mountain that forms a dominant landmark for the city of Cape Town. It is an important tourist attraction, with many visitors using the cable car or hiking to the top. As great sportsmen, we decided not to use the cable car. The round-trip trek took us four hours.

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Cape Of Good Hope

Cape Of Good Hope is a rocky promontory on the Atlantic coast of the Cape Peninsula in South Africa. There are several wonderful hikes along the coast.

Bo-Kaap

The Bo-Kaap district in Cape Town has a rich and multicultural history. It is rooted in Malaysian, African, Indian and Sri Lankan culture, largely due to the descendants of slaves brought by the Dutch imperialists in the 16th and 17th centuries. You can even see Table Mountain in the background.

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Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is almost 2 million hectares of an unparalleled diversity of life forms merge with historical and archaeological sites, it is true Africa, the world-renowned Kruger National Park offers an experience that ranks among the best in Africa. My parents joined me from France to discover with me this incredible park.

To be continued!

My return is scheduled for June 16, I still have a lot to do in this beautiful country. I will continue to edit this blog until the end of my trip. If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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