google-site-verification: google3581c80fc060195e.html

travel

Borakalolo National Park – North West Province

I would love to recommend Phudufudu camp at Borakalolo National Park, but I can’t.  This bushveld getaway is only 2 hours drive from home in Jo’burg.  The park has a beautiful dam, well stocked for fishing.  The picturesque scenery and natural beauty should make for a special game reserve experience.  Sadly the accommodation is simply an embarrassment. Perhaps I was ... Read More »

Tswaing meteorite crater, a national gem, a stone’s throw from home

The ±10 km meteorite which smashed into earth at Vredefort about 2.023 billion years ago, may have been very impressive but subsequent erosion means that images of what it looked like back then rely completely on imagination.  Tswaing crater (40 km north of Pretoria) has visual impact.  When a ±50 m meteorite fell at Tswaing ±220 000 years ago , it ... Read More »

MOSU LODGE AT MOKALA NATIONAL PARK

I’m married to a “Life’s a journey, enjoy the ride” kinda guy.  This is most evident when we are on a road trip.  If there is a choice between a tarred national road and a windey, windey dirt road.  The latter will win hands down.  In most cases I appreciate his way. Long ago we found that the direct route ... Read More »

Desolation and life abundant at Tankwa Karoo National Park

Natal is home, the place where all of my inner cogs slot together.  The Karoo is where I find inner peace.  In the Karoo the small, solid centre of my Russian doll self rejoices as outer shells are cast off.  Our one night at Tankwa Karoo National Park, was not enough.  A minimum of 2 nights should be spent there, ... Read More »

Tankwa Padstal and Werkswinkel Bar – special Karoo Magic

The Karoo has the feel of pages where stories are waiting to arise from the dust.  A space where dreams can bridge the divide to reality.  Yet you need a core of rock and a spirit of steel to survive and thrive under the undiluted sun. We first read of Tankwa Padstal in “The Great Karoo Pub Crawl” article in ... Read More »

Hiking with small children in the Kogelberg biosphere nature reserve

Hiking sweeps cobwebs from the mind, casting off thought strands which harvest nothing but dust.  With every step on the Kogelberg Palmiet trail, summer blooms revealed delicate beauty. Previously in the Western Cape we undertook the hike to Elephant’s Eye cave, a breathtaking (literally and physically) activity.  With Acacia then only 3 years old, this was a blot on the page ... Read More »

Winters Drift, travelling through time and tasting wine in Elgin

The setting of Winters Drift tasting station, puts the wine’s best foot forward before a sip is taken.  Train stations are imbued with an air of romance and a sense of adventure.  I had never heard of Winters Drift wines before but we noticed that they have notched up some impressive awards.  We particularly loved the Chardonnay and the Pinot Noir ... Read More »

A not so fruitful drive through Ceres

Expectations are funny old things.  I expected less than nothing from Williston in the Karoo and was enchanted.  I had great expectations for Ceres and was sorely disappointed.  My perception was that Ceres is the fruit capital of South Africa.  I envisaged a valley of plenty, brimming with natural abundance.  Little short of Disneyesque perfection.  I pictured farm stalls selling ... Read More »

River View Lodge in Prieska

  In 2006 we could not resist the lure of Augrabies Falls in full flood.  On our trip home we spent a night at River View Lodge in Prieska.  We loved the view which embraced the Orange River and left with a good feeling.  Our room then was a tad over-doilied (tissue boxes dressed in ball gowns, that sort of ... Read More »

The Ark Restaurant & Doppies Bar in Williston

The magical Karoo can pull some marvellous surprises from its hat.  On our off the beaten track route from Jo’burg to Cape Town, we left Prieska at 5am.  Carnarvon was still in dreamland when we passed through.  Breakfast became a gnawing priority, but the dot on our map representing Williston didn’t inspire much hope.  Plans were made to find a ... Read More »