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Maropeng Visitor Center, the Cradle of Humankind

Maropeng Visitor Center, the Cradle of Humankind

— Yesterday we ventured about an hour’s drive from Johannesburg to visit the Maropeng Visitor Center, part of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site where some of the earliest human remains have been discovered. The visitor center tells the story of the evolution of human beings through interpretive and interactive displays, a short indoor boat ride, and a small museum of fossilized remains. I was fascinated by the natural history.
A trip to the barber shop in Johannesburg

A trip to the barber shop in Johannesburg

— Yesterday was a relatively relaxing day here in Johannesburg. Around mid-morning Kathryn and I ventured out to get me a haircut and shave. I had gotten a haircut shortly before leaving for South Africa, but three weeks of normal hair growth, combined with a bit too much hair left in front, had left me unhappy with my appearance. On top of that, I had decided not to shave while at the Kruger, so I had a scruffy six-day beard that was going to be a challenge to shave myself.
The drive back to Johannesburg from Kruger National Park

The drive back to Johannesburg from Kruger National Park

— Yesterday we made the drive back to Johannesburg from the Lower Sabie camp in Kruger National Park. We had entered the park at Orpen Gate but left via Crocodile Gate, near the southern end of the park, not far from the border of Mozambique. It took us nearly an hour to get out of the camp in steady rain, during which we sighted several lions and hyenas, among the many creatures that had come to drink from the puddles formed in the pavement.
Arrived in Johannesburg

Arrived in Johannesburg

— We’re safely on the ground in Johannesburg, in the departure area for our onward flight to Cape Town. The flight was long. We left Atlanta an hour late, and I’m convinced three-quarters of our fellow passengers had never been on an airplane before. The “fasten seat belt” sign was on for nearly half the fifteen-hour flight, and I had a middle seat. The formalities were straightforward. Passport control, baggage claim, and inspection, just like pretty much everywhere we’ve traveled.