During the time I was travelling regularly to Namibia I never missed an opportunity to catch up with my cousin Helder and family, and visit the sites around Johannesburg, Pretoria and Hartbeespoort where we lives.
On my first trip we met for the first time Helder's family and visited the usual tourist sites of Johannesburg, Pretoria and surrounded areas.
Hartbeespoort is a small town that grew around the Dam of the same name. Hartbeespoort Dam (also known as Harties) is an arch type dam situated in the North West Province of South Africa.
It lies in a valley to the south of the Magaliesberg mountain range and north of the Witwatersberg mountain range, about 35 kilometers west of Pretoria. The name of the dam means "pass of the hartebeest" (a species of antelope) in Afrikaans. This "poort" in the Magaliesberg was a popular spot for hunters, where they cornered and shot the hartebeest.
The villages of Kosmos, Melodie, Ifafi, Meerhof, The Coves Estate and Pecanwood Estate can be found alongside its banks.
After my last assignement with Rossing Uranium mine I took some leave and Filomena met me in Swakopmund.
We rented a 4WD and travelled the northwest of Namibia using the off-beat tracks to revive our younger days in Angola.
After two weeks in Namibia we flew to Johannesburg and met Ju and Helder and had a wonderful time visiting the usual sites around Hartsbeespoort where they live and a 5 day trip to Kruger Park and the northeast side of South Africa