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Babalala Picnic site in the Kruger National Park

Babalala picnic site is 32 Km from Shingwedzi camp where we stayed in the Kruger National Park.  Here we shared a family meal, surrounded by Africa in her splendour.  Impala grazed just meters away and Elephants moved silently to and from quenching their thirst at the reservoir. Most enchanting to the children were the hornbills who took fruit and bread ... Read More »

Shingwedzi Camp – Kruger National Park

Shingwedzi Camp is a fine reason for me to keep my blog, providing me with records of experiences.  Cliff tells me that we stayed there before, roughly 10 years ago.  I have zero recollection, nothing looked or felt familiar.  Either age is a factor, or I live too much in my head and engage too little with the world around ... Read More »

The Old Transvaal Inn, food, books and encountering a kindred spirit

The centerpiece of Dullstroom in Mpumalanga is The Old Transvaal Inn.  The stone walls speak of history and durability.  We stopped at the inn for lunch en route to the Kruger National Park.  The food was good but sitting still on the verandah to enjoy it was difficult.  The shop inside called me to explore.  Rooms offering a plethora of ... Read More »

Torn between the beauty of Africa and Ellis Island

The car winds through the lowveld.  South Africa revealing her humble soil and her majesty at every turn.  My eyes focus on a book set in Ireland and America.  Glancing up I am aware of my infidelity.  My unfaithfulness to the beauty around me, nature now pouring herself out, a waterfall cascading from rock.  Twinned with unfaithfulness to the work ... Read More »

The Gautrain, reason to feel proudly South African

Some days being South African feels bleak, crime is an ugly reality, urban decay and litter befoul potential beauty.  The fuel price is rampant and here in Gauteng we have the dastard e-tolls just for an extra dollop of misery.   Viewing images of Jacob Zuma is like waking the day after a car prang, bile rises on the realisation ... Read More »

The Waffle House – Ramsgate

I remember The Waffle House when it was still The Teahouse of the Blue Lagoon.  In my school days it was already an institution.  My son Fjord can only eat home-made waffles made with Orgran ‘No Egg’ as his is allergic to eggs.  It is not fair to go a-wafflin’ when he cannot partake.   We were prepared to block our ... Read More »

Paradise Holiday Resort – Natal South Coast

Until the year 2000 I lived in Pinetown and Durban.  In all those years I saw very little of the Natal South Coast.  Durbanites consider any trip more than 30km to warrant a packed lunch.  The South Coast was viewed as ‘That place where the uncouth Vaalies (Transvaalers) over-run during holiday season.’  The irony that I now visit as a ... Read More »