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Fish river?


Namibia? :)


Assuming you referring to the Great Fish River...


Nope, they were considerably further into their journey :)


But speaking of the Great Fish River. The name is translated from Khoikhoi Tkautkai, meaning 'fish river'. The Great referred to the large amount of carp to be found there. The river was also known as Rio do Infante. It played an important role in South African history as the border between the colonists and the Xhosa.

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Some further trivia


Umgeni = Name taken from Sweet thorn tree or the verb ngena, 'to enter'. The river is said to enter the earth at several waterfalls.


Kei = Khoikhoi for Sand


Thukela = the awesome one, and of course home to world's second highest waterfall at 947m




1. It's source is near an international boundary

2. For about 35km of it's course it forms a provincial boundary

3. It's the largest of it's kind in South Africa



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Umzinvubu at Port St Johns?


You're it!


Umzinvubu, now Mzimvubu means 'home of the hippopotamus' (remember sea cow kraal river :) ). Was also known as St Johns river which is the english translation of Sao Joao, which the Portugues renamed it in 1552 after the galleon of the same name was wrecked near the mouth of the Mtamvuna (formerly Umtamvuna) River. Why they didn't rename that river...who knows.


It's South Africa's largest undeveloped river.

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A bit further south at St Georges' or Buffalo Park perhaps?


St George's, 1960/61.


The grounds of the second oldest cricket club in South Africa, the venue for the first Test, the first women's international Test, the last Test before South Africa's expulsion from world cricket, the first ever Test series win against Australia, the first Rebel Test, the first Test with the resumption of 'normal' cricket. . . and the sixth oldest cricket ground in the world.


PE Also hosted the first rugby tests, men's and womens.


You're it.

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I don't think any of them had handlebar moutaches!!


Yebo gogo - they all studied teaching in the 70's and repesented Transvaal as students. Ken later specialised in sports psychology and Ray entered into business with Graeme Pollock. Jimmy continued his career as a teacher and I believe he is still teaching. He did [does] work with the CSA cricket academy as well.

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Not sure if it is unusual but Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu stayed there and the Memorial for Hector Pietersen or Museum is also in the same street.


Think the unusual bit would be that two Nobel Peace prize winners in the same street puts it up there in the unusual.

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OK... lets see.... Paris Opera House first got electric lighting from this man. But he also lays claim to another first in South Africa. What was it and who was he.


OK tho make it a little easier... He assisted his cousin in putting the first electric lighting in the Paris opera house and he was keen on caravaning. But he built something that was a first for South Africa.

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John Weston, supposedly first person in SA to build a powered airplane?


Think it's him, recall reading up about him after doing the cache and had made some cryptic notes. Seemed to be a somewhat strange character, called himself admiral although he never served in the navy, something like that. The photo at the cache site was also a mockup, some borrowed military uniform.

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:shocked: Well done Carbon Hunter - only he hid from the British as they had just just invaded the Cape for the first time - over to you! :shocked:


some info on Joshua Penny - He was a British subject picked up by a pressgang in Jamaica in 1795. He was on a ship that took part in the battle of Muizenberg – he was on ships stationed here at the Cape and tried to get ashore – he was sent ashore after shamming sickness in 1799 and ran away and lived on the mountain for 14 months. He lived in a cave in Fountain Ravine which was later discovered and relics from the cave are kept in a case at the Mountain club of South Africa

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On the button - I thought that may have taken longer?


John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, as he was christened, was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa in 1892. His early and barely memorable years were spent divided between the city and a country farm. His father, an English banker, was making efforts to establish a branch in that country. Many of Tolkien's early memories of South Africa, including an incident when he was bitten by a tarantula while visiting a rural district, are reported to have influenced his later works.

He left South Africa to return to England with his mother and his brother, Hilary. His father, Arthur, was supposed also to return to England within the next few months. However, Arthur Tolkien died of rheumatic fever while still in South Africa. This left the grieving family in relatively dire straights and on a very limited income.

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