Dutch Reformed church: Graaff-Reinet

The centre piece of Graaff-Reinet is its national monument: the Dutch Reformed church. It greets visitors at the end of the main street in this small Karoo town, which is aptly named Church Street. And why would it be called anything else? The church is…

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Graaff-Reinet Panorama

The overcast sky didn’t discourage me as I drove towards Camdeboo National Park, which means ‘Green Valley’. Graaff-Reinet was peacefully cradled in the valley between the hills. It was still early and it hadn’t awoken yet. As the mist came over the hills’ shoulders, it playfully…

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The Valley of Desolation

First South African National Instameet

While its name is quite ominous, the Valley of Desolation is one of the most picturesque parts of South Africa. It is found within Camdeboo National Park and although it is located in a remote part of the Karoo (the name says everything), it welcomes up…

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Nqweba Dam

Nqweba Dam

Nqweba dam, just north of Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape, is a popular retreat for anglers, who can expect to catch Mullet, Common Carp, Round Herrin, African Catfish, Moggel, River Goby and Mosquito Fish. Water sports enthusiasts are seen baking along the waters’ edge when…

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Bundu-bashing in the Eastern Cape

First South African National Instameet

Bundu-bashing: (informal South African slang) meaning driving off-road in the wilderness. I’d like to think that it’s to admire the picturesque view, however many bundu-bashing enthusiasts would probably argue that rough terrain is the best way to test their 4×4 driving driving capabilities.

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Mohair Country

Mohair Country

The Eastern Cape is mohair country. With around 900 mohair farmers, South Africa is the world’s largest mohair producer, it makes up 54% of world production. Here are a few angora goats, from which we get mohair, grazing on a Karoo farm. I interviewed their…

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Nelson Mandela Bay

Nelson Mandela Bay

Nelson Mandela Bay is known by many names. So many in fact that it’s hard to keep up with all of them: The Friendly City, The Windy City, Algoa Bay, The Bay. Until 2001 it was known as Port Elizabeth, although you’ll find that many…

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Of The Three Magi

Three Magi

Prester John was rumored to be a descendant of the three magi. He was a christian king who ruled over Ethiopia, was in possession of a great fortune, magical creatures (but of course) and safe guarded the Holy Grail. The Prester John Memorial – supposedly the…

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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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Beyond Africa

Singapore

Three of my photographs were chosen, by judges, as finalists in the Getaway Magazine Beyond Africa competition. 1. Nighttime Market, Little India, Singapore 2. Marina Bay by Night, Singapore 3. Trishaw divers, Melaka, Malaysia

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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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