South African Road Humor

On my way to visit my parents on the weekend, i was happily driving along the newly paved double lane road than runs through corn fields. Suddenly the one lane ended into gravel as the road workers had not finished expanding the road from a single lane to a double lane on that part of the road yet. Luckily i was in the other lane and passed the section thinking they should put up warning signs that the road ends for a number of road users will at night get a rude awakening. A lot of truckers use this road, especially at night as it connects to major cities, hence the reason the road is being changed from a single to a double lane.

500 meters down the road from the change from double to single lane, i came upon the missing warning sign. I guess some trucker must have crapped himself when he first realized the road ends when his truck hit gravel, then again 500 meters down the road when he saw this sign. South Africa road humor at work.


Tswaing Impact Crater, South Africa

Some 220 000 years ago, two deeply in love rock hyraxs were sitting on a rock, marveling at the beautiful South African countryside. Shivers of excitement ran through Martha’s body as Johnny caressed her neck. She gave a soft moan and tilted her head backwards. Martha gasped and her jaw dropped. A glitter in Martha’s eyes pulled Johnny’s attention upwards.
“A shooting star, coming right at us.” Martha whispered.
“Quick, make a wish.” Johnny replied.
“I wish we had a swimming pool in our back yard.”
A massive shock-wave blasted Martha and Johnny though the air while dust and rocks exploded in all directions. With a thud, both slammed hard into the ground. Battered and bruised, Johnny lifted his head and stared wide eyed at the scene in front of him. Turning slowly to Martha, he commended. “You had to ask for a swimming pool.”

Tswaing Nature Reserve and Impact Crater, South Africa

Tswaing Nature Reserve and Impact Crater, South Africa

Tswaing Impact Crater is believed to be around 220 000 old. Estimates put the meteorite that slammed into earth at around the size of half a football field. The impact caused a crater, 1.4 km in diameter, and 200 m deep. Around 40 km from Pretoria, the site is one of the best-preserved meteorite impact craters in the world. Evidence of Stone and Iron Age settlements have been found in the area and around the lake. The lake itself was mined for soda ash and salt from 1912 to 1950. Today, it forms one of the most interesting natural attractions near Pretoria. Besides the crater, hiking trails around and to the bottom of the crater affords one the opportunity to see a large variety of plant species of the Sourish-Mixed Bushveld, and 240 species of birds. With the drive to the crater taking you past rural towns, with the Magalies Berg in the backdrop, this is worth an outing to do.

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