I've never flown to Africa with Qantas before and now I know why. The pilot has no idea.. lol.
I looked out the window and bloody icebergs were floating by! I checked the flight path and we were flying via... Antarctica? Although the photos I took look a bit dodgy, in real life it looked quite amazing – and we did eventually find Johannesburg!
I went straight to the orphanage.
I found this orphanage, the Othendweni Children's Home, through department of child welfare a few years ago, and always spend some time there at the beginning of my African adventures. All the children sadly have HIV, which is not uncommon in poorer parts of Africa. But it's a wonderful happy time when I visit.
I take around 30kg of goodies, thanks to the generosity of airlines, and spend around AU$500 – donated by wonderful friends – on wish-list needs. I think I always have such wonderful adventures due to my belief that you get what you give. The children are amazing and though it's hard on the heart, giving goodies and my time makes it so worth it.
I love Soweto and the area is really worth a visit, even if it's a short one. The people are so welcoming, and having a beer on a Sunday arvo at a bar made out of an old door is an experience... lol. There's heaps to see and I had a quick sit on Nelson Mandela's chair in the Mandela Family Museum (his former family home) in Soweto. Although I don't think you're supposed to, so it was a bloody quick sit!
After Soweto I moved on and stayed for a couple of nights at the Garden Court Sandton City. It's a lovely hotel and Nelson Mandela Square is straight across the road. Seven floors of shopping temptation as well as beautiful restaurants and coffee shops, all within a five-minute walk. After Sandton I moved on to – hopefully – find wild things. I'll get to that next...