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In Context #9 (Spring, 2003, pp. 5-8); copyright 2003 by The Nature Institute

African Impressions (Part 2)
Craig Holdrege

In the fall, 2002 issue of In Context (#8) Craig described some of his landscape and animal experiences during his trip to Botswana last August. In this issue he adds some more impressions.

Encounters with People

My nineteen-year-old daughter, Christina, and I arrived at the Johannesberg airport at three p.m. on August 4th, after a fourteen-hour direct flight from New York. Tom and Peggy (my brother and sister-in-law) were there to meet us. Now, giddy with jet lag, I had to drive a rental car for three hours on the "wrong side" of the road in a car with the steering wheel on the right. First of all, I needed to find my way out of Johannesburg onto the correct highway. We'd reserved a room in a hotel in Nylstroom, which lies on the way to Botswana, northeast of Johannesburg.

Luckily, we were not left on our own. There were two Bantu policemen in the parking lot and I asked them for directions. They described how to get onto the right road, and repeated themselves to make sure I got