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The Baviaanskloof is in one of he more inaccessible areas of South Africa lying between two mountainridges. There are only two ways to get into the valley - the one is from the side of Willowmore and the other is through the mountains with a 4x4. Once you are in the valley, prepare yourself for the experience of your life. The people are wonderful, the valley is full of interesting spots, and the food is excellent and the setting is idyllic.
This is a panorama takan of the yard of the homestead of Zandvlakte where I had the priviledge to spend three days. Three days was however not enough an I am definitely planning on doing another trip to the valley.
The yard is surrounded by to the south the homestead, to the North the "Badshuis" and to the North-East the "Zandvlakte Huis". The Badshuis translated to English is the "Bath House". In the old days, this used to be used as a communal bathing house. Zandvlakte Huis is the old farmhouse.
Welcome to Africa, AKA the motherland! Check out African Internet Radio while you're scoping the panoramas.The earliest fossil of the homo sapiens family (human beings) was found in Ethiopia, dating back more than 200,000 years. Compared to this length of time, even the "ancient Sumerians" from 6000 B.C. are drooling toddlers.Let's mention a few African heroes you may have heard of, for inspiration in the face of the continued economic inequality and violence which plague Africa today: Nelson Mandela, first democratically elected President of South Africa, who fought against apartheid and served 27 years in prison while advocating freedom and peace. Haile Salassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, who resisted Mussolini and the fascist Italian invasion of WWII, and who is worshipped as an incarnation of God by the Rastafari movement. Kwame Nkrumah, first Prime Minister of Ghana, advocate of uniting Africa in Pan-Africanism. Fela Kuti, inventor of Afrobeat music, who declared his home to be an independent state, ran for president of Nigeria, and to whose funeral ONE MILLION PEOPLE came to pay their respects.In June 2001 the African Union was formed, consisting of 53 African States organized, like in the EU, around common economic and political development.Text by Steve Smith.