Come travel with me…

I cannot NOT write. I think I was born with a pen (okay, today it’s a stylus) in my hand. So, wherever we go (and we travel a LOT), my diary tags along too. So does my tiny #NoFilter Canon SD 1200. And together we create a world from a unique perspective. My perspective. This blog is the world through my eyes, a bit offbeat, sometimes quirky, always different.

This Blog is for my short-attention-span friends out there … less words, more pictures. But if you like what you see, I also have full-on longer-length articles of our wayward travels elsewhere on this website.
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Bastervoetpad – the real story

Bastervoetpad – the real story

Posted on: 31st October 2016| By: Marielle

We recently did a huge off-road circle around South Africa … and a highlight was the Bastervoetpad (surrounded by snow-dusted peaks) in the Eastern Cape’s Drakensberg foothills. Oh, my, what an adventure! Slipping and sliding in slushy mud; rattling and shaking across ditches and washaways; grinding over loose stones and rocks; sliding down…
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Hot air balloon over Sossusvlei

Hot air balloon over Sossusvlei

Posted on: 17th October 2016| By: Marielle

We drifted upward so subtly, so stealthily, that when next we peered over the edge of the basket, crew members were simply Morse code dashes. Gemsbok were bleached pebbles and ostriches were beetles throwing whisker-thin shadows. Beneath us was a world reduced to colours and texture: cones, wavy spines, circles, lines, all in shades of…
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Hello, Swaziland!

Hello, Swaziland!

Posted on: 30th September 2016| By: Marielle

Never having visited the tiny kingdom of Swaziland before, we were excited and anticipation levels were high. It was a new back roads adventure! And off-road travelling it certainly was. Entering through a northwestern border, roads that professed to be tar were so worn and patchy the asphalt never got a look-in. Then it was…
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Cool Cats in Kgalagadi

Cool Cats in Kgalagadi

Posted on: 31st August 2016| By: Marielle

The occupants of a number of stationary vehicles alert us to cheetah in the grasses. With much focus we make out two dark heads framed by sun-backed grass. They’re sitting still, alert, backs to us as they watch a nearby herd of springbok wandering by, clueless to the danger just a single pronk away.
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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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