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The Illusive Perlemoen And Where To Find It in Hermanus

The Illusive Perlemoen And Where To Find It in Hermanus

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If you grew up in South Africa and enjoyed your holidays in Hermanus or anywhere along our Southeastern/western coast, there would be three things you’d certainly do. You’d go fishing, diving or spend time on the beach. If you’d asked my Great Grandmother what her favourite memories of...


Keeping The Best for Last – Shametu River Lodge and Spa.

Keeping The Best for Last – Shametu River Lodge and Spa.

Posted in Photography / Review / Travel / The Honey Badger Diaries

Camping on the Kavango River We were nearing the end of our holiday when we decided to spoil ourselves and indulge in a few days of Glamping. Yes, we were going Glamping! We'd laze at the poolside, bird watch, Loeries  were building a nest in a palm tree on the deck overlooking the river...


Rainbow River Lodge – Okavango River

Rainbow River Lodge – Okavango River

Posted in Photography / Review / Travel / The Honey Badger Diaries

Long holidays with many rendezvous, campsites and parks will eventually fill my mental melting pot into one large soup of sights, sounds and smells. My photographs serve to awaken my memory as I click through my albums distinguishing one campsite, experience or adventure from another. Spicing...


Travelling with Somebody. A Weekend in the Karoo - Kanniedood 4x4 Wild Camping

Travelling with Somebody. A Weekend in the Karoo - Kanniedood 4x4 Wild Camping

Posted in Photography / Review / Travel / The Honey Badger Diaries / Videos

Two’s company and three’s a crowd. There are times when we have a very unwelcome guest in our midst. Her name is Somebody, and she’s the one that causes all the ructions. It’s almost impossible to pin her down, and she never owns up, apologises, or admits to being the culprit. Her shenanigans...


Climbing the Skerpenheuwel To The Breede Otter Campsite -

Climbing the Skerpenheuwel To The Breede Otter Campsite -

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When you’re a Grey Nomad, you’ll probably answer to Hodophile too, and we’re both. The Honey Badger stood forlorn, dusty and neglected in a barn behind a lock and chain, and she needed a weekend out, even if it's going loco on a road less travelled by us. My response to the Knight’s...


Calamity Jane Rides Again - Wild Camping While A Storm Brews

Calamity Jane Rides Again - Wild Camping While A Storm Brews

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It is safe to say that life never runs as smoothly as we expect it should. While storm clouds were brewing, we went blissfully on our way,  entirely unaware of our troubles simmering away.   We left the leafy confines of Ngepi and made our way to a wild camping spot in the Mudumo National...


Island Style At Ngepi River Camp - Namibia

Island Style At Ngepi River Camp - Namibia

Posted in Photography / Review / Travel / The Honey Badger Diaries

The marvellous advantage of writing or diarising is that Butch and I continually relive our adventures. Many of our conversations are rehashing and reimagining our trips which of course, inspire us to investigate future trips. I’ve just returned from an invigorating 27km bike ride, and I...


Beating The Odds - Navigating Namibia Naturally

Beating The Odds - Navigating Namibia Naturally

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Thanks to Boris Johnson, who tried to win Browny points, South Africa was again back on the red list, banning all travel to and from our country. By the stroke of a pen, millions of travellers could unpack their suitcases, lock up their passports and go out and buy a Christmas tree they were...


Ba-Ba Banff

Ba-Ba Banff

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Our vision is always 20/20 in retrospect. When Boris closed the borders on us last week, I realised I had just made it to Canada and back in the nick of time.  Window periods both ways.  The way the world works now, we must grab opportunities when they present themselves without dithering....


Searching For The Perfect Brew(ery) - A Road Trip To Calgary

Searching For The Perfect Brew(ery) - A Road Trip To Calgary

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All work and no play is not a hard and fast rule with this crew.  They’re inclined to lean towards the sentiment that it makes Joe dull and kills innovation, invention and inspiration, or to be boringly predictable, which is an anomaly coming from an accountant, especially one who’s co-parenting...


 Lekkerwater Beach Lodge - Go With The Flow. Naturally.

Lekkerwater Beach Lodge - Go With The Flow. Naturally.

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In October, three things happened simultaneously; one was a belated birthday celebratory weekend away, and the other two were unexpected events I never dreamed possible. Like most surprises, my life turned topsy turvy overnight.  I had three days to prepare for a weekend away, a cooking class,...


Being Gobsmacked By Beauty - Nieuwoudtville And Biedouw Valley

Being Gobsmacked By Beauty - Nieuwoudtville And Biedouw Valley

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In the grand scheme of things, three OMG’s in one day aren’t that bad, but, you see, I’m not that sorta gal.  But then again, I’m known to have a mouth on me.  My expletives were utterly spontaneous, what my eyes saw my mouth exclaimed before my brain had caught up. My most vivid memory of...


Flower Power - Camping Around Namaqualand

Flower Power - Camping Around Namaqualand

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TOP OF PIEKENIERSKLOOF - KARDOESIE CAMPSITE AND ON TO CLANWILLIAM My best memories of childhood holidays were waking up reluctantly at 4h00 on the morning of our departure.  Then we could get away with travelling the first bit in our PJ’s and being squashed up against my brothers, who...


Clickety Clack Closer To Home

Clickety Clack Closer To Home

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Camping in Rawsonville - Goudyn - Stillewater on the Smalblaar River You might think it’s ridiculous to go away for the weekend, and all you do is go off to the next hamlet.  As soon as I step into our Honey Badger to spring clean and spruce it up, make my bed and pack my goodies into the...


Revisiting An Old Favourite - Moggs Country Kitchen

Revisiting An Old Favourite - Moggs Country Kitchen

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It takes a vagabond to change the mind of someone who, for no apparent reason, renounced his enthusiasm or support.  At the time I was shocked!  Moggs Country Cookhouse, a favourite eatery in the Hemel and Aarde valley, was, for years, one of our regular watering holes.  We’d go there on a whim...


Mediocrity Underwhelmed - Reader's Restaurant - Tulbagh

Mediocrity Underwhelmed - Reader's Restaurant - Tulbagh

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Creating a fine plate of food can be taught.  But, it’s something a chef or cook must be passionate about.  “I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.” Vincent van Gogh.  In a week, I experienced food prepared with zest and also the antithesis. According to Butch’s...


Head In The Clouds - At The Frame House

Head In The Clouds - At The Frame House

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Bosmans’ Wine and Protea Farm – Hemel en Aarde Valley. Sami-Joan suggested we take ourselves off to the Bosman Farm in the Hemel and Aarde valley for a Tapas lunch and wine tasting. She’s a foodie and loves her wine; I knew I could take her word for it.  We phoned immediately and were...


From Mexico To Kathmandu

From Mexico To Kathmandu

Posted in Photography / Review / Recipes

Every sign and forecast pointed to a wet,  wintry weekend. Soon we had the wall heaters blazing, our non-skid socks and fleecy jumpers on.  We lay in late, dipping rusks into hot coffee, occasionally casting an eye outside.  At this rate, we’d spend the weekend in bed.  Nope, we needed to...


Fab Four Ride Again -  Kraalskloof Campsite - Slanghoek

Fab Four Ride Again - Kraalskloof Campsite - Slanghoek

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Glamping in the mountains My sister-in-law Sue needs no introduction, albeit to say she’s one tough cookie and doesn’t take no for an answer. Trouble came in the form of an email from the proprietress of a campsite she’d reserved for the weekend, situated on the banks of the Breede River. ...


Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup

Posted in Review / Travel

For the soul on a moody Monday as autumn bombards us in earnest. Monday’s are quiet days in our house.  The usual chores bring me down to earth, especially after an eventful weekend.  I enjoy the slow rumble of the old washing machine and the warmth emitted while our linens spin in the...


Death And Mourning In Times Of The Corona Virus

Death And Mourning In Times Of The Corona Virus

Posted in Photography / Review / Travel / The Honey Badger Diaries / Musings

Maybe it’s just me who dwells on death today as a photograph pops up on my screen, taken three years ago, before the unthinkable. One of my very best friends passed away and will never feature in another photograph. Technology and Social Media is our new memory keeper. ---oOo--- With...


A One Night Stand - Cremorne Holiday Resort - Port St John's - Fabulously Flamboyant

A One Night Stand - Cremorne Holiday Resort - Port St John's - Fabulously Flamboyant

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Tick list travel or dashing from one place to the next; doing over-nighters doesn’t do it for me; although, I do get it.  Sometimes there’s no option.   For me, travel is about exploring.  My curiosity about a place, its people, history, art, architecture needs in-depth investigation.  Before...


Wonderously Wild  – Mdumbi Backpackers

Wonderously Wild – Mdumbi Backpackers

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ROADTRIPPING THE TRANSKEI is one of a few places that make me feel as if  I’m in another country.  The people are cool, the weather’s divine, the landscape so different from ours, even the history’s different. Due to various reasons and circumstances, many people find themselves...


Tranquil Transkei - Mazeppa Bay Revisited

Tranquil Transkei - Mazeppa Bay Revisited

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Promises made have to be kept. That’s a golden rule.  Melissa, our niece, took up a position as a Dietician at a rural hospital in the Transkei.  We applauded her for her decision to spread her wings, step out of her comfort zone and make a lifetime of memories.   At Christmas time in 2019,...


A Saffa Safari - A Road Trip To The Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park

A Saffa Safari - A Road Trip To The Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park

Posted in Photography / Review / Travel / The Honey Badger Diaries

Do yourself a favour. Make a reservation, pack your tent and raid the pantry. Dust off the ammo boxes. When you've done all that grab a few T's, a pair of shorts and your favourite flip flops.  Don't forget last year's stretched and perished bather.  It will do. Believe me. Now, head off to...


Why Fly - Gifberg Holiday Farm

Why Fly - Gifberg Holiday Farm

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I jolted, something wet was slowly snaking its way across my belly, gathering momentum as it slipped around to my back. We'd just returned, unpacked, and put the washing machine on heavy load, after a longish weekend, at the very remote GIFBERG HOLIDAY FARM near Van Rhyn'sdorp. I’d...


Still Wandering - Gatsrivier Guest Farm

Still Wandering - Gatsrivier Guest Farm

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With dust billowing in our wake, we made our way from the Tankwa farmstall back onto the main road (a 70km detour, I was told) to continue our meanderings in search of peace.  The road north became quieter, and farmsteads became fewer. In the Karoo, sustainable farming can only be on vast tracts...


Wandering into the future – Matroosberg Nature Reserve

Wandering into the future – Matroosberg Nature Reserve

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It's no use crying over spilt milk. We’ve had our chips, and now we must suck it up and move on, without the help or approval of the government, closed borders or the WHO. Our lives are still in our hands. What we do with the situation takes some creative thinking and a will to do something...


Gifting Memories - La Colombe and Kleinbosch Kloof

Gifting Memories - La Colombe and Kleinbosch Kloof

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A few years ago we decided to invite a grand-daughter on a camping weekend to Prince Albert. It was an opportunity to get to know her better and for her to experience some of the things we enjoy. As luck would have it, it was the very weekend of the Olive Festival so we had much to explore...


Weekend Meander to MIDDELPOS

Weekend Meander to MIDDELPOS

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Pompelompie Hartklop (Heartbeat) Festival. The heart of the Karoo beats in its people. They are a hardened community, resilient and steadfast in their faith and in the land. Here every person is worthy. So, one fine day Butch comes along and suggests we go on a road trip to Middelpos. I’d...


Lets Hit The Road Jack - YZERFONTEIN

Lets Hit The Road Jack - YZERFONTEIN

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My beloved knew I’d be emotionally drained after our glorious six weeks in Onrus with the family.  This was my weekend to be spoilt, almost an early Valentine’s treat.  He made a reservation at the Yzerfontein Caravan Park for the weekend and secured a lovely campsite using the camp layout on...


Moaning Minnie on Monday

Moaning Minnie on Monday

Posted in Review / Musings

I hate complaining, it does no one any good does it?  But sometimes I am so disappointed that the only way to get over myself is to vent my frustration. Today I see red. On Friday, as is customary, I telephonically ordered Almond Croissants from Daly Bread in Worcester. There is no denying...


Windy Weekend Weather Wolseley

Windy Weekend Weather Wolseley

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It’s often hard to believe there was a life before a disaster. Fortunately there is. Our memories eventually only remember the good things in life as bad thoughts are laid to rest along the wayside. And then life goes on and soon we say “life is good”! So before the great debacle and...


2nd November A Day To Remember

2nd November A Day To Remember

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It would’ve been my Grandmama, Joe Knight’s birthday. Born on the 2nd November, 1906. She would’ve been a ripe old age (113), but, would she have been proud of our rugby team? Absolutely. Oftentimes I wish she could’ve witnessed and experienced our Rainbow nation in action, especially when all...


Making Memories In Montagu

Making Memories In Montagu

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As we get older we enjoy celebrations. Could it be that they’re becoming scarcer as we attend more funerals than parties these days? Fortunately we were on our way to a birthday braai and would camp in beautiful Montagu with its heritage homes, large properties, channelled water, quaint...


A Knight's Stay - Somerset West

A Knight's Stay - Somerset West

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It’s hereditary, this thing that I don’t do sleep overs. I prefer sleeping in my own bed with my own ancient down pillow. That’s the first thing that comes to mind when I have to sleep out, my pillow. The other is packing all my toiletries. I inevitably forget something at home. This time it...


Seven Sticks Of Wood And A Block Of Blitz

Seven Sticks Of Wood And A Block Of Blitz

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No final destination was the plan. YR.com said it would be the worst weekend to go camping. I checked daily, which is very unusual, to see whether the weather would improve. Not a chance. We’d not have our spirits dampened by a drizzle so we packed up and went off to see some spring blooms...


Winter Wining And Dining Winners

Winter Wining And Dining Winners

Posted in Review / Travel

One Restaurant did leave a bad taste in our mouths. Their food is mouth watering, their communications shocking. More about them later. Let’s move on. Should I ever complain about anything, just roll your eyes. I know, life is a bed of meringue, sugar and spice. . I am spoilt and...


The Fab Four Conquer The Kalahari - En Route to Mabuasahube

The Fab Four Conquer The Kalahari - En Route to Mabuasahube

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Best friends, best buddies, best Boetie (brother) and hiekkelsuster (crochet companion) that’s what Percy and Sue are to us. It’s rare to hear siblings, at our age, actually like each other and choose to spend time together. We do. We’re close, companionable, comfortable and cosy. The...


My Many Miles To Mabuasahube

My Many Miles To Mabuasahube

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Plus many hours practicing MA-BU-A-SA-HU-BE and for successfully playing the sympathy card. But first we rendezvous at Melton Wold in the Karoo. Planning a trip on short notice is very exciting. From the moment we decided, (during one of our long boozy lunches) that we needed a quick getaway...