South Africa’s Freeeeedom Day

Nelson Mandela Bay

South Africa has truly come a tremendous way in its coming of age. On 27 April 2012 – Freedom Day – South Africans lifted their glasses in celebration of 18 years of democracy. A coming of age. 27 April 1994. This remarkable day in our recent history…

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Amsterdam: The one in South Africa

Amsterdam

I enjoy telling people that I’m going to Amsterdam, before adding “but not the one in the Netherlands”. Questioning and puzzled looks are often cast in my direction. And I don’t blame them as Amsterdam, in Mpumalanga – near the border with Swaziland, isn’t particularly well…

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Why To Take The Dirt Road

The Dirt Road

While we have been driving to my aunt and uncle in Mpumalanga for around two decades, this time we decided to take the picturesque route. It is probably more communally referred to as the dirt road – yes, it’s that road that everyone bypasses because…

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Human Rights Day: Run Jozi

Ten thousand. Ten thousand pairs of feet. Ten thousand pairs of feet ran on Human Rights Day in Johannesburg. The Run Free, Run Jozi 10km race in central Johannesburg was hosted by Nike as a celebration of South Africans’ heritage and freedom. I hope the…

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Tracking Rhinos

Rhinos

Don’t be surprised if as you drive into a game park or nature reserve there is a sign asking you to switch off geotagging, especially if you’re going to be posting photographs on social media platforms. This is just another way to cause a black…

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Rhinos: They depend on you and me

Rhino

“Their tough, wrinkled, grey skin resembled the furrows and dongas of the African landscape. These gentle herbivores would eat large amounts of grass and the leaves of small shrubs. Depending on the species they could weigh up to three tons. They were characteristically known for…

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How to Hug a Baobab!

Baobab

Firstly, take a deep breath Secondly, appreciate its highest branches by averting your eyes skywards Thirdly, lovingly extend your arms as far as they will go Fourthly, hold onto the outstretched hands of loved ones, friends, strangers, anyone Fifthly, embrace it as tightly as you…

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Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey

The heartland of Limpopo Province is the ideal location for Moholoholo: a game and nature reserve and its wildlife rehabilitations centre. It is cradled in the arms of the Drakensberg mountains. This animal sanctuary embraces wild animals that have been injured due to the unrestricted encroachment…

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Cats of Prey

Cats of Prey

The Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre in Limpopo Province also rehabilitations cats of prey.

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Zebras: How They Got Their Stripes

Zebra

Children paint colourful explanations in the minds of adults as to why and how the zebra got its stripes. These anecdotes often revert back to the age-old question of: ‘Are zebras white with black stripes, or black with white stripes?’ There have been many postulations…

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Children of Massingir, Mozambique

Massingir

“Sweets, sweets, sweeeeeets”, their hopeful cries disperse the nearby birds into a flutter. No one is in sight until clasped hands, toothy smiles and optimistic eyes are cast in our direction. These herders in Massingir were keeping an eye on their cows and goats as…

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Homeward bound from Mozambique

On our way from Inhambane, Mozambique to the Kruger National Park, we drove through Quissico, Xai Xai, Chokwe and Massingir and crossed the border at Giriyondo. We embarked on our adventure at 03:00 from Inhambane, Mozambique and arrived at our final destination (Kruger National Park,…

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Inhambane: Markets and Naval Buildings

Inhambane

Tantalising smells allure me from a distance; the vivid colours of the produce draw me deeper into the inner workings of its core; the hustle enchants me, until I realise that I have been standing in the same place for over five minutes – allowing strangers…

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Dhow Fishermen

Dhow

The patchwork dhow harnessed the movement of the wind. One, two, three, four and another penetrated the surface of the thigh-high water at evenly spaced intervals. Commands rode upon the back of the wind and filled their ears causing muscles to clench in synchronised movements. Each hauled…

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Road Trip To Mozambique

Road trip

Aaahhh, how I have missed a decent road trip! Here are three photographs that stand out for me from our road trip to Mozambique. I’ve never been and so I’m very excited to cross it off the bucket list, and hope to return again. On the first…

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