ZS – Waterval Boven, South Africa

Dates: 16 to 30 October 1996

Callsign: WJ2O/ZS6

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Here is where I first met Andre, ZS6WPX, at the Johannesburg International Airport.

I was invited to stay at the home of Andrew, ZS6WPX.

He and his family reside in a small village called Waterval Boven (the v’s are pronounced like f’s).

It is in the North Eastern region of the country and about 3-1/2 hours from Johannesburg by car.


That is little Magda (Andre’s daughter) at the end of the driveway. The tower in the back we just finished erecting

Andre’s home served as an excellent base point of operations as from there we made one trip into Kruger National Park and two different trips into Swaziland (see section on 3DAØ).

Andre’s Family

ZS6WPX and his wife XYL Magda.

Andre (ZS6WPX) and his wife Magda.

Son of ZS6WPX next to a morse code key

Andre Junior. Here is young Andre sending CW.

Magna doughter of ZS6WPX and XYL, Magda.

Young Magda. Son of Andre and his XYL.

Traditional south African meal at the home of Andres, S6WPX.

Traditional dinner. I don’t remember what it’s called but it’s a traditional South African dinner which is cooked in this pot outdoors

Steam Engine Train Ride

Dave operated as ZS6/WJ2O from South Africa.

WJ2O- Dave. We took a short trip on this steam engine driven train.

Steam train ride in South Afria

Going around the corner and down the hill.

 Waterval Boven waterfall in South Africa.

At the end of the ride we come to the waterfall which is the namesake for Waterval Boven.

Little Magda, Andrés, XYL, also Magnad amd ltille Andress at the train station resting.

Resting at the waterfall park is Andre’s wife and kids

Kruger National Park

Cabanas at the Kruger National Park IN South Africa wher I operated as ZS6/WJ2O.

Kruger Park Cabanas.
At the park there are several camps where you can spend the night. Our first night was spent here.

Kruger National Park and another view of the cabanas.

Another perspective of the cabanas

FFront porch of the cabaas at the Kruger National Wildlife Park.

Front porch

detail of a cabana roof with a closeup of the grass.

Grass roof,. I was really interested in how they used grass for the roofing material.

Roofing close up of the cabana in Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Close up of the roof from the outside.

Giant ant hill

Giant ant hill at Kruger national Park.

Wild boar

Wild boar.

Deer at Krugr Natioal Park in South Africa.

More wildlife.

iraffe at Kruger Natioanla Wildlife Park.

Rhinoceros… also live in South Africa but here is a Giraffe.

Another cabana where we stayed at Kurger Park

Another camp. Here’s where we spent our 2nd night in the park.

wildebeest at the Kruher Wildlife Park in Soth Africa.

Wildebeests, also called gnus.  I didn’t get out of the car and try to start a conversation with it.

Monkey at the Kruger National Wildlife park in South Africa.

Kruger Park monkey

Rental car we took to the Kruger National Park.k

My car rental. With Magda helping Dad pack.

Kruger National Park road.

A typical roadway inside Kruger National Park.

Kruger park detail from afar.

Another perspective of the park.

Some zebras at Krugr National Park.

Zebras at the National park

Close up of Zebras

Close up of Zebras.

Kruger National Wildlife Park

Park River


Mozambique border crossing in South Africa.

Mozambique (C9). We are on the South Africa side of Mozambique border crossing. We didn’t go in, just looking.

WJ2O/ZS6 QSL Card Front

WJ2O/ZS6 QSL card front.

WJ2O/ZS6 QSL Card Back

WJ2O/ZS6 QSL card back.

Licensing: Refer to the section on 3DAØ.

Trip Statistics Report

Kenwood TS-850 Transceiver
486-DX Laptop Computer
Heathkit Micromatic Keyer
Inverted Vees

Customs: This was a walk by and no questions were asked.

Map of Waterval Bovel in South Africa.