Morgan Bay evening on the beach

Clifftop sunsets and sunken treasure in Morgan Bay

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The Eastern Cape coastline is well-known for its Wild Coast; a wild, undeveloped and rugged stretch from just north of East London right up to Port Edward and the border with KwaZulu-Natal. The Wild Coast includes such popular holiday destinations as Coffee Bay and Hole in the Wall, and is the ideal destination if you […]

Tsitsikamma fynbos

Exploring Tsitsikamma in the Garden Route National Park

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The Garden Route National Park encompasses an almost continuous stretch of coastal land from Wilderness in the Garden Route’s west to well past Storms River in the east. Bevan and I have previously visited the Knysna Lakes and Diepwalle Forest sections of the park and this time we were in for a treat – exploring […]

Noup Beach Road

The journey to Noup: Driving the coastline of the Northern Cape

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The Northern Cape has always been one of those places that has held a certain romance for me. I love the idea of a wide open land, wild and largely untouched, the horizon blurred by midday summer heat mirages followed by the extreme of negative temperatures during the winter months. This is a land you […]

Sunset over Clanwilliam

Meandering the farmlands of the Swartland and Cederberg

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If I asked you to imagine the Cape West Coast, it wouldn’t be hard to picture wide sandy bays, whitewashed fishermen’s houses and seafood fresh from the ocean. This region is well-known for its coastline, and with good reason. The Cape West Coast also has some incredible inland farming areas to explore though, and this is […]

Braving Bokkom and other adventures on the Berg River

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Leaving the West Coast Peninsula and now-familiar places like Saldanha Bay and Paternoster behind us, Bevan and I continued our exploration of the coastline. I was very confused though when I heard talk of Velddrif, Port Owen and Laaiplek – all of which seemed to refer to the same place on the map! It was […]

exploring cape columbine

Paternoster and the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve

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Leaving the industrial town of Saldanha Bay behind us, Bevan and I continued our exploration of the West Coast peninsular region, heading towards the town of Paternoster. (Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for our latest travel videos!) Picture-perfect Paternoster Paternoster is one of the oldest fishing villages on the West Coast. Our first glimpse of the bay […]

Fishing Boat at Jacobs Bay

Fossils, fairies and fishing towns on the West Coast Peninsula

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As we discovered early on our journey of exploration on the West Coast, this area is full of surprises and unexpected attractions. We spent some time exploring the West Coast peninsular region and discovered all kinds of unique activities. (Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for our latest travel videos!) Exploring the West Coast Peninsula back in time […]

The forest canopy

Hogsback: Stepping into Middle-earth

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A lush primary forest is the last thing you’d expect to find in the hot, dry and acacia-thicketed Eastern Cape province. In this largely thicket- or shrubland-dominated region the small mountain village of Hogsback is a rare gem, an oasis of cool green and misty mornings. (Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for our latest travel videos!) The […]

Bevan-Walking-to-the-Overhang

Exploring the red mountains of the Golden Gate National Park

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The Golden Gate National Park is home to some of the most incredible mountain and rock formations in the famous Drakensberg Mountain Range. This escarpment forms the dramatic border between the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho and the KwaZulu-Natal and Free State provinces of South Africa. (Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for our latest travel videos!) Lesotho is a […]

Thomas at Lake Fundudzi

Discovering Venda Culture on the African Ivory Route

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Venda Culture was something completely new for me! Even the language, Venda, is something unfamiliar and doesn’t sound at all the Nguni languages of isiZulu and isiXhosa that I’ve grown up around. I had no idea what to expect from our next stop, and after Kruger National Park’s drought-ridden landscapes I certainly didn’t expect lush, fertile […]

The most excitement we got from these young lions

Kruger National Park: South Africa’s largest game reserve

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The Kruger National Park needs no introduction so Bevan and I spent some time exploring this famous park to find out what all the fuss is about. (Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for our latest travel videos!) South Africans love the bush. I’m not sure exactly why that is, considering a vast percentage of us live in […]

Elephant mother and calf in the Kruger National Park

Nothing Hazy about this View: Hazyview The gateway to Kruger National Park and more

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Hazyview is generally known as a gateway town to the Kruger National Park. However, after a few days exploring the town and its other surrounding regions, we discovered that there is quite a bit more to Hazyview than meets the eye. (Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for our latest travel videos!) Getting to know Hazyview Hazyview is […]

Getting to know Graskop: The Fanie Botha hiking trail and more

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The small towns of Graskop, Sabie and Pilgrim’s Rest in the Kruger Lowveld region of Mpumalanga, are all situated in close proximity to each other. While there isn’t much distance between them, each town does have its own unique charm and appeal. Much like Sabie, Graskop has a plethora of beautiful natural sites like walking […]

Sabie: The land of falling water

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The Kruger Lowveld region of Mpumlanga has some spectacular scenery. The area around Sabie, Graskop and Pilgrim’s Rest in particular form part of the Panoramic region and one visit to this area will explain why. Bevan and I recently spent some time adventuring through this area. (Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for our latest travel videos!) The […]

Thomas in the convoy of 4x4s in the Makhonjwa Mountains

Barberton: Adventure fever in gold-rush country

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Barberton in the Kruger Lowveld region of Mpumalanga isn’t a place that we were too familiar with before this trip. The only time we had ever heard about it before was on the daily weather forecast. Apart from its tendency to be partly cloudy with the occasional afternoon thundershower, we really didn’t know what to expect […]

Ithala Game Reserve

Ithala Game Reserve: The valley of a thousand mountains

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Ithala Game Reserve totally blew us away! (Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for our latest travel videos!) Ithala Game Reserve just outside Louwsburg in northern KwaZulu-Natal is a relatively new reserve. Established in 1973, the land previously had a number of uses including gold mining. Evidence of varied and poor land use management is visible in some […]

Nyamiti Pan in Ndumo Game Reserve

Ndumo Game Reserve: 10,000 hectares of awesomeness

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Bevan and I had never visited Ndumo Game Reserve before. I think this has a lot to do with its location on the South Africa-Mozambique border; if we were that far north in KwaZulu-Natal, it would be because we were en route to Mozambique’s beaches. Given our personal bias to the sea, I can’t say […]

Bevan taking photos at Ponta Mamoli in Mozambique

A short detour to Ponta Mamoli in southern Mozambique

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At the end of our Kosi Bay stop, Bevan and I found ourselves tantalizingly close to Mozambique. (Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for our latest travel videos!) Stray along the border Kosi Bay is in fact only a few kilometres from the Farazela Border Post between South Africa and Mozambique, and the dunes at the Kosi Bay […]

Bevan at Lala Nek

Sun, snorkeling and sand roads in northern KwaZulu-Natal

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Bevan and I have just been fortunate enough to have spent some time in the Coastal Forest section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This area of the park includes the stretch of northern KwaZulu-Natal coastline between Sodwana Bay and Kosi Bay near the Mozambique border. This is a remote section of coastline, accessible for the most […]

Sunset at Sodwana Bay in northern KwaZulu-Natal

Bush Walks, 1,000 Year Old Trees and the Best Sunsets Ever in iSimangaliso

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Hi everyone. We left things off last time inside the Hluhluwe/iMfolozi Game Reserve. Since then, we’ve headed back into the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and had a week characterised by extreme weather that changed just about every plan we had. Somehow though, things have a way of working themselves out. (Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for our latest travel […]

Sad Goodbyes to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

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Welcome to our second update from the St Lucia section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. (Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for our latest travel videos!) Expectations exceeded If someone had asked us before we started the trip how long we thought we’d spend in this area, we would have said three days, possibly four to be generous? […]