JUŽNA AFRIKA – SOUTH AFRICA

Baptisticka crkva u Kejptaunu-Cape Town Baptist Church

Baptisticka crkva u Kejptaunu-Cape Town Baptist Church

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Plaza u zalivu Kamps-Camps Bay Beach in Cape Town

Plaza u zalivu Kamps-Camps Bay Beach in Cape Town

Pogled na planinu Tejbl-A view of Table Mountain

Pogled na planinu Tejbl-A view of Table Mountain

Premestanje slona u Kruger parku-Elephant relocation in Kruger Park

Premestanje slona u Kruger parku-Elephant relocation in Kruger Park

Rt dobre nade-The Cape of Good Hope

Rt dobre nade-The Cape of Good Hope

Setaliste kraj mora Viktorija i Albert-Victoria and Albert Waterfront

Setaliste kraj mora Viktorija i Albert-Victoria and Albert Waterfront

Spomenik prvom premijeru zemlje-A monument to Louis Botha, the first Prime Minister

Spomenik prvom premijeru zemlje-A monument to Louis Botha, the first Prime Minister

U Kruger parku-In Kruger Park

U Kruger parku-In Kruger Park

Africki pingvini na plazi u Simonstaunu-African penguins on the beach in Simonstown

Africki pingvini na plazi u Simonstaunu-African penguins on the beach in Simonstown

Istorijska sahat kula na rivi Viktorija i Albert-Historic Clock Tower in V & A Waterfront 1

Istorijska sahat kula na rivi Viktorija i Albert-Historic Clock Tower in V & A Waterfront 1

Kriket kao deo engleske tradicije-Cricket is a part of English tradition

Kriket kao deo engleske tradicije-Cricket is a part of English tradition

Mesto sa tradicijom u Kejptaunu-Hotel Kimberli-A place with tradition in Capetown

Mesto sa tradicijom u Kejptaunu-Hotel Kimberli-A place with tradition in Capetown

Oslikana nojeva jaja u prodavnici u Johanesburgu-Painted ostrich eggs in a Joburg shop

Oslikana nojeva jaja u prodavnici u Johanesburgu-Painted ostrich eggs in a Joburg shop

Panoramski autobus na vrhu grada-Panoramic bus on the city summit

Panoramski autobus na vrhu grada-Panoramic bus on the city summit

Plaza na Rtu dobre nade-Beach on the Cape of Good Hope

Plaza na Rtu dobre nade-Beach on the Cape of Good Hope

Victoria and Albert Waterfront

Victoria and Albert Waterfront

Kejptaun se prostire u širokom poluluku oko planine Tejbl, koja nalikuje ogromnom antičkom amfiteatru. A Tejbl (engl. table) zaista liči na sto iznad grada, na kome ručavaju bogovi, s pogledom na jedini afrički grad u kome živi više belaca i meleza nego crnih stanovnika. Najlepši, najromantičniji i najposećeniji grad Južnoafričke Republike pruža vetrovitu klimu južne Francuske, zbog čega je okolina grada poznata po vinogradima. Ali, tu se nalazi i najveći afrički geto ograđen bodljikavom žicom, koji podseća na nekadašnji aparthejd. Pogled sa vidikovca na planini Tejbl pruža se ka malom ostrvu Robin, gde je decenijama bio zatočen njihov lider Nelson Mandela, već odavno osedeo, ali i dalje neumoran borac za slobodu afričkih naroda. Možete se čak i fotografisati pored njegovog virtuelnog lika na tom mestu. Prvi demokratski predsednik Južne Afrike postao je tako legenda ovog kontinenta i simbol borbe za ravnopravnost crnačkog stanovništva.

Rt Dobre nade je najjužnija i najzapadnija tačka afričkog kontinenta i nalazi se južno od Kejptauna, kao malo poluostrvo koje sa desne strane zapljuskuje Atlantski, a sa leve Indijski okean. Ogromni talasi koji se ovde neprestano sudaraju oduvek su pravili nevolje moreplovcima, još od onih prvih portugalskih, Bartolomeja Dijaza i Vaska da Game, koji su otkrili ovo mesto putujući u Indiju. U potrazi za dijamantima i ostalim bogatstvima ove zemlje i njene prirode, kasnije su došli Holanđani, a potom i Englezi.

Tirkizna voda i duge bele peščane plaže sa malim pingvinima doprinose lepoti pejzaža, u kome sunce na zalasku, svojim zlatnim sjajem, obasjava Vaskov kameni krst. Savremene moreplovce, koji prolaze tamošnjim nemirnim vodama, on i dalje upozorava kako se u nekom trenutku može pojaviti zloslutni obris večito lutajućeg Letećeg Holanđanina, ukletog da nikada ne pristane u svoju ili bilo koju drugu luku.

Svojim prirodnim lepotama, vinima, umerenom klimom, plažama i safari parkovima ogromna, lepa i bogata Južnoafrička Republika pruža obilje zadovoljstava. Kruger park na istoku zemlje veći je od mnogih država, uređen i predat životinjama na uživanje i lagodan boravak u njihovom prirodnom staništu, u kome ih niko ne dira i ne lovi. Samo se mogu posmatrati sa bezbedne udaljenosti udobnog i otvorenog vozila na asfaltnom putiću, bez bilo kakve potrebe za rizičnom avanturom, kao jednostavan osećaj prisustva među divljim životinjama.

Najveći i najlepši izbor afričkih suvenira pruža vam Johanesburg. Sve što čini afričku umetnost, u originalnom ili stilizovanom vidu, stiže u Južnu Afriku kao najveće stecište turista iz celog sveta željnih neke afričke avanture. Ipak, ona izvorna Afrika nije tu, ili bar još nije.

Umesto da se ostatak kontinenta razvija poput Južnoafričke Republike, ona sama se, izgleda, kreće u suprotnom smeru.

Mart 2003.
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Cape Town sprawls around Table Mountain in a wide semicircle, resembling a huge Roman amphitheatre. And the Table really looks like a table above the city, where Gods dine, overlooking the only African city which has more white and mixed race inhabitants, than black ones. The most beautiful, most romantic and most visited South African city has a windy climate similar to the one in the South of France, which is why its surroundings are famous for its vineyards. But this is also the site of the largest African ghetto, which, fenced with barbed wire, reminds of Apartheid. From the vantage point on Table Mountain you can see as far as Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was a prisoner for decades. His once black hair has gone grey a long time ago, and yet he is still the same indefatigable champion fighting for the freedom of all African peoples. You can even take a photo next to his virtual picture. The first democratic president of South Africa became this continent’s legend and a symbol of the fight for equal rights of the black population.

The Cape of Good Hope is the Southernmost and Westernmost point of the African continent and is situated to the South of Cape town, like a little peninsula lapped by the waves of the Atlantic from the right and the Indian Ocean from the left. Huge waves which constantly clash around here always brought trouble to the seafarers, starting from the Portuguese pioneers Bartolomeu Dias and Vasco da Gama, who discovered the Cape on their way to India. First the Dutch and then the English came along to this country in search of diamonds and its other riches.

Turquoise water and long white sandy beaches with small penguins tottering around make the landscape even more picturesque, while the setting sun casts its golden rays over the stony Da Gama Cross. Today’s seafarers who navigate those turbulent waters are reminded that some time the ominous ghost ship The Flying Dutchman can appear, doomed to sail the oceans for ever, unable to make port at home or anywhere else.

Splendid and rich, South Africa offers a variety of great experiences with its natural beauties, wines, temperate climate, beaches and safari parks. Kruger park in the East of the country is bigger than some states and is entirely devoted to animals who can freely enjoy their natural habitat, where no one bothers them or hunts them. You can just observe them from a safe distance, in a comfortable open top vehicle which moves along a tiny asphalt road, without the need for any risky adventures, just simply being amongst the animals.

The biggest choice of the best African souvenirs is to be found in Johannesburg. Everything that makes African art, in its original or stylized version, arrives in South Africa as the main tourist hot spot,  with visitors hungry for some African adventure or the other. Yet, the very source of real  Africa is still not here, or not yet.

Instead of the whole continent following in the footsteps of South Africa’s progress and development, it seems that this country itself has taken a reverse course.

March 2003

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