The First South African National Instameet

If you love Instagram as much as I do, then you have to go to the first South African National Instameet. It’s happening in Graaff-Reinet from 24 – 27 September 2015 and everyone is invited! Here’s your chance to explore the little town in the…

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Along The Zambezi River

Zambezi River

Victoria Falls The Zambezi River, which straddles the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, is the lifeline of the Victoria Falls and all the tourism it attracts and opportunity it creates for both countries. Even along the main road into town from the Victoria Falls International…

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Sunflowers Worship Ra

Darkness is sent scuttling by his imminent presence. He calls life into existence through his majestic course across the heavens. The sunflower awakens for his ritual of worship. After twilight he bows his head, awaiting dawn.

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Is there a FRACKING way?

Fracking

Fracking: You’re either for it or against it! There seem to be no gray zones when it comes to hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. I was in the Karoo, a semi-desert region of the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa, at the end of…

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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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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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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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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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