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Humpback whales & whale sharks

Humpback whales & whale sharks

Posted on: 6th August 2015| By: Marielle

It takes a lot of pushing and shoving by all of us a boatful of snorkellers to shift the Rubber Duck into the shallows before we all clamber clumsily in. With a spurt of engine power, the boat slices through cresting waves towards heaving walls of water that appear insurmountable, yet the vessel rides them like a buoyant duck.
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Naudés’ Nek, Eastern Cape

Naudés’ Nek, Eastern Cape

Posted on: 6th August 2015| By: Marielle

This dirt road, the highest in South Africa, clings to the edge of a massive mountain slope — facing more massive slopes. You can see the track carving an angled cut-line across the opposite peak.
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Lion watch in Kgalagadi

Lion watch in Kgalagadi

Posted on: 6th August 2015| By: Marielle

We were thoroughly entranced by the pure solitariness of Gharagab wilderness camp in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Four units — rustic wood and reed cabins erected on stilts, with canvas door and window openings — were each situated so as not to encroach on its neighbour. Every unit has a little deck with table and chairs facing a…
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Riversdale . . . a jail you’d want to get into

Riversdale . . . a jail you’d want to get into

Posted on: 6th August 2015| By: Marielle

While doing the long trek on the N2 between Cape Town and …. . . wherever …. . . Garden Route, PE, East London . . . how often, like me, have you seen the upturned boat with “’Die Ou Tronk’” painted on it just before you drive into Riversdale — and never given it…
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Excellent espresso in Beaufort West

Excellent espresso in Beaufort West

Posted on: 6th August 2015| By: Marielle

(Yes, it’s possible!) You’’d never believe how hard it is to find a decent dose of caffeine in some of the larger towns connecting up the dots on our national highways. Even if they have beautiful colonial architecture of iron pillars and columns and broekie lace (I mean, architectural elegance speaks of grace and refinement, which…
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Sable & roan in Mokala National Park

Sable & roan in Mokala National Park

Posted on: 6th August 2015| By: Marielle

What we aren’’t prepared for in Mokala is the scenery —— wild as Kgalagadi and colours as deeply saturated. Lying just southwest of Kimberley, the park is a synthesis of the Northern Cape’’s bone-dry air and desert soils. Mokala is Setswana for the camel-thorn acacia, and this is the setting, mingled with lovely flat-canopy umbrella-thorns…
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Memel, Free State — an unexpected colour explosion

Memel, Free State — an unexpected colour explosion

Posted on: 6th August 2015| By: Marielle

It’’s villages like Memel . . . a tiny package filled with surprise —. . . that put the spirit into back road travelling. Yes. . . …  You might ask: where on earth is Memel? And how does such a place get its name?! This village is in the northeastern corner of the Free State,…
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A Dreamscape to lose yourself in @ The Crags

A Dreamscape to lose yourself in @ The Crags

Posted on: 5th August 2015| By: Marielle

Quietude …. . . a stillness marked only by the chittering of birds, each whistle and chirp unique in its happy celebration of the day. You’’d have thought we were in a wild place tucked away in a distant corner of the country, but we were in fact a short way off Forest Hall Road…
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