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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Mokala voted tops!

Mokala voted tops!

Posted on: 8th May 2019| By: Marielle

It’s amazing … out of all our Instagram images … cheetah, lion, owls … this photo of Mokala National Park got the highest votes! When we first visited, what we weren’’t prepared for was the scenery —— wild as Kgalagadi and colours as deeply saturated. Lying just southwest of Kimberley, the park is a synthesis…
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Mozambique’s many faces

Mozambique’s many faces

Posted on: 24th April 2019| 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…
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Fountain Shack, Robberg Peninsula

Fountain Shack, Robberg Peninsula

Posted on: 17th April 2019| By: Marielle

“You can do this, Mariëlle,” said our world-travelled, seasoned-hiker friend. “It is really not smelly. Besides, it has the best sea view.” He was talking about the compost loo at the isolated Fountain Shack on the Robberg Peninsula in Plettenberg Bay. And he knows how I recoil at anything that doesn’t scream gleaming scrubbed porcelain,…
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Cool Cats in Kgalagadi

Cool Cats in Kgalagadi

Posted on: 10th April 2019| 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. One…
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Reflection

Reflection

Posted on: 4th April 2019| By: Marielle

Reflection … the projection of mirror-like images … alternatively, careful/long consideration or thought. The two don’t appear to have much connection, do they? South Africa is engaging in much serious reflecting right now, since our national elections are just around the corner. Maybe it’s about thoughts being so long and considered that they’re eventually reflected back…
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Happy Birthday …

Happy Birthday …

Posted on: 30th March 2019| By: Marielle

… to me! Thank you to the friends who gave me this card. My two strongest weaknesses in one simple statement. Love it, and just had to share it. x    
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Algeria … but not in North Africa

Algeria … but not in North Africa

Posted on: 22nd March 2019| By: Marielle

Anyone out there who’d like to test the integrity of your new all-terrain tyres? The interior suspension of your 4×4? Or you’re merely hankering after the head-banging joy of jackhammer corrugations (… and washaways, loose boulders, airborne dropoffs …). I have just the adventure for you. Actually, it’s a jeep track (and it says so…
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Knysna graffiti II

Knysna graffiti II

Posted on: 13th March 2019| By: Marielle

Following on from my recent story about Knysna’s street art, I got really excited when I subsequently passed a graffiti’d wall that seemed to suggest famous street artist Rasty (left) of Johannesburg had visited. It was a simple tag in black letters (at which I was a teeny disappointed because some of his more elaborate…
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Spooks and Sea Dragons

Spooks and Sea Dragons

Posted on: 4th March 2019| By: Marielle

Final instalment of our Overberg food and wine extravaganza … where else but among the truly lovely mountains of Hemel-en-Aarde? It’s a place of rounded green hills with rock knuckles pulsing through; neat graphic lines of vineyards swaying upward along mountain slopes; and even furtive glimpses through to a distant shimmer of ocean. This is…
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A little art, a little wine

A little art, a little wine

Posted on: 1st March 2019| By: Marielle

Having got off my high horse (as per my previous post) and stepped down to street level in Hermanus, I was simply thrilled with what I saw. Hope you get a little thrilled yourself. And then there was our arranged tasting to get our wine-stomping boots into, at Hermanuspietersfontein (well, there’s the Kaalvoet Meisie [barefoot…
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