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Winter Wandering Into The Great Karoo

Winter Wandering Into The Great Karoo

We picked up sticks and turned our nose northeast to Graaff Reinet. To celebrate the 4th of July, we stopped for tea and cake at Sophie’s Choice, a fascinating coffee shop just south of...

Tying The  Knot  - An Elopement

Tying The Knot - An Elopement

We did it! With only my brother Percy and Sue, my sister-in-law, in attendance Butch and I tied the knot. As we say in Afrikaans, “ons het die knoop deurgehaak!” The decision to take...

Whether we can, Weather we can’t!

Whether we can, Weather we can’t!

Our little holiday depended on weather conditions. Where are the days when we could determine weather conditions by experiencing the day, e.g.putting your head out the door, or feeling inclement...

Life After The  Great Trek

Life After The Great Trek

Our gut is our best indicator of all things good and dire. We have been incredibly fortunate on this journey as all the keys have fallen into place. For us a good indication that we’re on the...

An Impasse At The Crossroads

An Impasse At The Crossroads

Honestly, where I’m going with this story is anyone’s guess. The fact that I’m running away from writing this blog is a testament to my current state of mind. Or is it that I might,...

Our Honey Badger Always Has The Last Word

Our Honey Badger Always Has The Last Word

As we all know, Honey Badgers do not take kindly to being ignored. They’re feisty, resilient and crafty. Only she knows why her nose twitched out of joint. It could’ve been the Khoudom...

The Illusive Perlemoen And Where To Find It in Hermanus

The Illusive Perlemoen And Where To Find...

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,...

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

Keeping The Best for Last – Shametu...

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...

Yzerfontein Revisited - A Celebration Of Our Freedom

Yzerfontein Revisited - A Celebration Of...

We’ve benefited from a month of short weeks and long weekends. According to someone who has limited holiday time, if a worker took their leave on the 14th of April, they would use eight days of...

On A Personal Note – When A Spicy Curry Becomes Too Hot To Handle

On A Personal Note – When A Spicy Curry...

Sometimes, during a journey, there comes a moment when one’s personal life gets in the way. Like a cloud bank before the sun, all the Kumbaya moments vapourise. Like a vrot kumquat, life sours...

Rainbow River Lodge – Okavango River

Rainbow River Lodge – Okavango River

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...

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

Travelling with Somebody. A Weekend in...

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...

Wild Camping - Mudumu Campsite 3 - Second Time Lucky - The Caprivi adventure continues

Wild Camping - Mudumu Campsite 3 - Second...

It’s all very glamorous staying in beautifully appointed campsites with manicured lawns, five-star ablutions, and interesting restaurants. Even more so is gliding on a makorro and going for...

Climbing the Skerpenheuwel To The Breede Otter Campsite -

Climbing the Skerpenheuwel To The Breede...

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...

The Gondwana Collection -  Getting Carried Away -  A Handy Tip From Us

The Gondwana Collection - Getting...

Doing your homework thoroughly before going on any trip is recommended; we all know that. We often have good intentions of following up on friends’ recommendations, advice, and experiences, but...

Calamity Jane Rides Again - Wild Camping While A Storm Brews

Calamity Jane Rides Again - Wild Camping...

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...

Island Style At Ngepi River Camp - Namibia

Island Style At Ngepi River Camp - Namibia

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...

Casually Cruising The Khaudom National Park - North Eastern Namibia

Casually Cruising The Khaudom National...

Once again, we set off as early as possible. We had a big day ahead and knew the going wasn’t going to be easy. By all accounts, we were breaking all the rules. It’s suggested that one...

As Promised - Some Simple Summer Salads and A Crackling Good Pork Belly

As Promised - Some Simple Summer Salads...

OK. If I loathe one thing, it must be a promise made and not kept. I can remember Butch’s mom Bets’ disappointment when a lady at her bible study (nogal) PROMISED to visit and never did....

Namibian  Bank Holi-YAY And A Flat Battery

Namibian Bank Holi-YAY And A Flat Battery

You may well ask, “how the Dickens do you two do it?” We don’t know, and honestly, we try our best to avoid misadventures. But, as I remind Butch, nobody is interested in a boring...

Beating The Odds - Navigating Namibia Naturally

Beating The Odds - Navigating Namibia...

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...

Ba-Ba Banff

Ba-Ba Banff

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. ...

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

Searching For The Perfect Brew(ery) - A...

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...

Surprise!

Surprise!

My telephone ping-pinged, and my wristwatch vibrated. A message from Joe, he’d completed another work-out, got a badge and wanted to rub my nose it in, I thought. At least I’d cycled, I...