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Wednesday, April 14, 1999
Sani Pass, Lesotho to Durban, South Africa
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Durban, South Africa:
Latitude: 29° 50' 1" South
Longitude: 31° 0' 58" East
Altitude: 211 feet
From Seattle: 12033 miles
Lodging: Hostel - Tekweni

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Today's Travel:
Countries: Lesotho, South Africa
Regions: Mokhotlong, KwaZulu-Natal
Route: Roads: A14, R617, N3
Path:Sani Pass, Lesotho - Durban, South Africa
Linear:105 miles
Weather: Mostly Sunny

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Sani Pass sign Sani Pass, Lesotho-South Africa Border, Lesotho

Sani Pass sign with car Sani Pass, Lesotho-South Africa Border, Lesotho

Group photo with Sani Pass sign Sani Pass, Lesotho-South Africa Border, Lesotho

Road out of Lesotho Sani Pass, Lesotho-South Africa Border, Lesotho

Road out of Lesotho Sani Pass, Lesotho-South Africa Border, Lesotho

Escarpment Road down, Lesotho-South Africa Border, Lesotho

Lesotho's escarpment Road down, Lesotho-South Africa Border, Lesotho

Lesotho's escarpment Road down, Lesotho-South Africa Border, Lesotho

Road in to Lesotho Road down, Lesotho-South Africa Border, Lesotho

Teamwork fixing car ?, R617, South Africa

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 734
Linear Dist: 141670
Countries Visited: 53
Regions Visited: 209
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Hotels: 204
Friends / Family: 160
Camping: 107
Hostels: 201
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2826
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Journal Entry:
Got up very slowly this morning - I think everyone is in quite a bit of pain. Packed up the car and headed out of Lesotho. The road down from Sani Pass into South Africa is incredible. Very narrow, very steep, very winding, but the views are amazing. Looking at the sheer cliffs of the escarpment on this side of the country it's pretty easy to see how Lesotho managed to remain independent of the surrounding South Africa!

After passing through the border (another easy one) it was a drive through the very different (i.e. flat) farmlands of South Africa. We stopped for gas and then about twenty kilometers on the car died. We quickly determined that the fuel pump wasn't working (no noise). This is the fuel pump that we had installed just over two months ago in Namibia. Luckily the old pump is still in the fuel tank (the new one was mounted externally), so we just had to drop the tank (which was just filled), reattach the wires, then bypass the new pump. It only took us a bit over an hour which is pretty impressive - but it's still very annoying that the pump failed.

The first hostel we checked out in Durban didn't have parking so we ended up at a hostel quite a ways out of town - it's very nice though. Went shopping and got tons of food and Dean prepared a feast for Darrelle's birthday - roast lamb / potatoes / sweet potatoes / onions, gem squash and gravy.


Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: South Africa
CIA World Fact Book: South Africa

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