After learning a fair bit about Johannesburg, I know that it is not going to be a place that I want to visit at all in my life. The reputation of violence and crime which occurs in Jo’burgh is enough to make me want to stay in this black leather chair in my much safer home town of Edinburgh.
This flight took me over much of Africa’s North Cape which is filled with wild animals and national parks. The biggest thing which I could see from the windows of my Beech Baron was another large body of water. This time it wasn’t as natural as I had expected. The North West edge of the lake is held in by a massive dam on the outskirts of Bloemhof. It’s a shame to think of how much natural habitat must have been destroyed by this expanse of water, but I guess it can also be argued that there is much wildlife thriving from these waters too.
Before landing I took a lap of the airport and had a good look over the city. I found a huge hole in the ground. I had no idea what it was until I was able to do a little research and discovered that it was the largest man made hole in the world and was created to extract diamonds. Watch the videos to learn more about it.
The Big Hole Diamond Mine
Learn about Kimberley: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOpuImj5zxg
The Big Hole Diamond Mine. Kimberley: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLgy-PT4qDM
The Big Hole. Kimberley: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1g6cFo7Hq10
Amateur Cribs: Kimberley: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCmACnKbGWU
Barney Barnato Guest House, Kimberley: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcyBE3si8wk
Push bike sound system! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU9heix2Hlw
Steam Train in Kimberley: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bqq2fzk0ag8