11 facts you didn’t know about Joburg

It was only after I returned to South Africa in early 2012 – after living abroad and travelling for two years – that I truly began to explore Johannesburg as a tourist would. And that’s when my love affair with this city began. Here are 11 things…

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Put Foot Rally: 8 000kms, 18 days, NO limits

Put Foot Rally

This year I was hoping to participate in the fifth Put Foot Rally, perhaps I’ll go next year. My cousin, Pawel Motylski, and his team, The Polar Bear Express, won ‘Best Crew 2014’ and they told me all about their adventures. As seen in the…

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Joburg’s Graffiti (Graff-ART-i)

Joburg Graffiti

Inner-city Johannesburg is an open-air gallery and international street-art destination – and it’s right here in our backyard. Graffiti writers work by the light of streetlamps and conceal their identities because of strict by-laws that govern vandalism to private and public property. Yet the walls…

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2022 Commonwealth Games at Moses Mabhida Stadium

I recently spent a few days in Durban – named the most underrated South African city by CNN in 2014, which saw numerous publications and news agencies follow suit. And in case you didn’t know, it’s also been rated as the South African city with the…

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GIVEAWAY: South Africa Photography Book

Welcome to the new home of my blog Eager Journeys. That’s right it’s a pun on my name Iga, how could you not love it? ;) Now that it’s finally launched I want to celebrate, besides it’s my blog so I can do whatever I want,…

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Hot Air Balloons & Technicolour Winds

Hot Air Balloon

There are few reasons why anyone would agree to wake hours before the sun. A sunrise hot air balloon flight over the Magalies River Valley in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, well, that’s reason enough. Silence. This is the place of morning calm,…

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Oh Lawdy it’s Randlords

Randlords

These black and white, long-exposure captures of the Johannesburg skyline paint it in a different colour, to reveal the relaxed atmosphere that enveloped the cityscape at twilight on New Year’s Eve. Few cars were seen navigating the street grid that stretches below Randlords. One of…

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Supermoon Over Jozi

Supermoon

It’s known as the ‘Supermoon’ to us non-astronomy types, but to those who study the night sky and beyond — as they peer into the past — it’s the Perigee moon. ‘Tis the largest full moon of the year, due to its proximity to the…

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Johannesburg Skyline

Johannesburg skyline

There aren’t many more satisfying ways I can think of than to spend a Sunday afternoon on the rooftop of the City of Gold. Randlords, on the 22nd floor of South Point Towers in Braamfontein, offers splendid panoramic views of the Johannesburg skyline. The bustle below…

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Meditation On A Jo’burg Sunset

Johannesburg sunset

The end of one day merely ushers in the beginning of another Some find hope in the end; some find hope in the beginning And so one never knows whether it’s the sunrise or the sunset that is more beautiful And perhaps there is no…

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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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Nan Hua Buddhist Temple

Nan Hua Buddhist Temple

To celebrate the Lunar New Year and the start of the year of the dragon, I visited the Nan Hua Buddhist temple in Bronkhorstspruit, which is approximately 100km from Sandton. The stalls which attracted so many hungry customers really did give me the impression that I…

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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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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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