Report on Southern Arica AGM 2017, Thaba N’chu, Bloemfontein
So, the road trip to the Southern Africa AGM started mid-morning on Friday, 08 September 2017. It is about a 550km drive from East London but fortunately the roads are good. On the way to Bloemfontein we noticed how dry the landscape was and that all the live-stock were rather thin and in dire need of water. We lived in Bloemfontein for more than 15 years and have very fond memories and great friends as well as some family that live there.
Once arriving in Bloemfontein, we had a quick pit stop to buy a few odds and ends and then set off for the last 67km drive to Thaba N'chu. The AGM was to be held at the Black Mountain Hotel & Conference Centre just outside Thaba N’chu, also known as Big Sky Country, this due to the beautiful open skies, even on the cloudiest day it is amazing to see.
Tour Members: (Austria-Jakob Riegler & Helene Thierrichter, Belgium-Apolline Dozot, Marie-Astrid Colson & Louise Kindermans, Denmark- Katharina Paul, Germany- Stefanie Neumann, Lorenzo Reinhardt, Aliena Scheuer, Luca Schlake & Paul Schwen, India- Raoul Golani & Dhanshree Shah, Italy- Pietro Facincani, Ettore Pedron & Marco Vignola)
The adventure started on the 27th of August in East London where Nico McNamara, our tour guide, and Kenny, our bus driver, picked us up and drove us to the beach house of a 41er in the buffalo city. We all met there for the first time and got to know each other. It was amazing that from the beginning the whole group consisting of people from Italy, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark and India got on very well with each other. After a welcome lunch at the beach house, we were divided into pairs and went home with our host families with whom we spent the rest of the evening together in their house. We just stayed in East London for one day in which we visited the museum of the town, the „Venom Pit Snake Park“, a village of a South African tribe where the people speak Xhosa. In the evening we were invited to eat with the 41ers in their club house (East London No1). There Nico asked Paul from Germany to say thank you in the name of the whole group to the club for hosting us and he gave them a YAP-cap as a memory.Like this we did it as well in all hosting clubs.
YAP Tour to South Africa
17 August – 10 September 2017
27th Arrive in East London, Sleep in East London (Home hosting)
28th Day trip in the East London area. Sleep in East London (Home hosting)
29th Leisurely drive via Port Alfred to Port Elizabeth
(Lunch with Alex Kenton or Port Alfred). Sleep in Kirkwood
30th Addo Elephant Park and other sites around city.
Sleep in Port Elizabeth (Home hosting)
31st Leisurely drive along garden route/ lunch at Storms river bridge.
Canopy Tour at Storms River for YAPs own account.
Sleep in Knysna. (Home hosting)