Category Archives: Trip Reports

Karoo air, stars, amplitude

Karoo air, stars, amplitude

Posted on: 27th November 2018| By: Marielle

Black Friday is behind you. Ahead, the madness of the end-of-year season. You’re tired, frazzled and fed up with work pressures, ultimatums and deadlines. All you want is silence and peace. So … I give you a silence so Zen it’s unnerving: Elandsberg Wilderness Cottages. Only five of them, they sit at a discreet distance…
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From Route 66 to Route 62

From Route 66 to Route 62

Posted on: 9th November 2018| By: Marielle

The USA had its Route 66, so why can’t the Karoo have its Route 62? It was American crooner Nat King Cole who made sure Route 66 was immortalised in the history books with his song of the same name. The Rolling Stones sang it, as did Chuck Berry, Ray Charles and a great many…
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Remember Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe?

Remember Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe?

Posted on: 29th October 2018| By: Marielle

Can you believe it’s been 12 years since this steam train ferried tourists and locals for 67 kilometres between Knysna and George, choofing across broad estuaries, rattling through pine plantations and dappled indigenous forest, huffing and puffing alongside cliff edges, and skirting shimmering lakes? It was in August 2006 that the train ground to a…
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Spirit of Kgalagadi

Spirit of Kgalagadi

Posted on: 31st August 2018| By: Marielle

As many of you already know, Quirky World View sees things a little differently so I give you a number of not-so-run-of-the-mill pictures of Kgalagadi. More scenics, less wildlife. (Well, okay, just wait for the owls …) Did you know that the name Kgalagadi, translating as “the great thirstland”, in fact is a SeTswana word?…
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Kgalagadi Lodge … One big wow!

Kgalagadi Lodge … One big wow!

Posted on: 26th August 2018| By: Marielle

Never say never … suddenly there are bouts of connectivity … and then reasons to get excited! So I know I’ve already said goodbye, but … we were so damn impressed with this lodge just a hop, skip and jump outside Twee Rivieren camp in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that the photos simply HAD to be…
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Credo Mutwa & a long journey

Credo Mutwa & a long journey

Posted on: 3rd August 2018| By: Marielle

Hirsh started it. The kilometres were flying past us on our 770 kay, first-leg drive up to Botswana. His back was sore, my eyes were glazed, and we still had some way to go. Somehow Credo Mutwa — South African visionary, prophet, sangoma, and also an artist — became part of our conversation (without there…
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Shamwari, arrive as a guest, leave as a friend

Shamwari, arrive as a guest, leave as a friend

Posted on: 25th July 2018| By: Marielle

  Shamwari … it’s a name whispered with much reverence when speaking of game reserves in the Eastern Cape. Shortly before we set off for Tuscany-Provence it was our privilege to spend an inspiring four days there. Most of us South Africans can’t afford to get past Shamwari’s entrance gates … this is five-star territory,…
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Dedicated to you

Dedicated to you

Posted on: 11th July 2018| By: Marielle

Part of a giant poster of South Africa at O.R. Tambo airport. We’re home! We love travelling but, oh, we do so also love touching down in our beautiful country and stepping back into our lovely home in Knysna. And this post is to you … all my friends who responded with such enthusiasm and…
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Why visit Kimberley’s Big Hole?

Why visit Kimberley’s Big Hole?

Posted on: 27th February 2018| By: Marielle

Look, I’m not going to give you the gushing tourism prose about the attractions of Kimberley as a city. Gravel Road Adventures is about Truth and Authenticity. The real experience. So, I’m sorry … Kimberley is a dump. There. I’ve said it. But if, as a traveller, you just happen to be passing through, what…
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From Malgas Pont to De Hoop

From Malgas Pont to De Hoop

Posted on: 5th February 2018| By: Marielle

The name De Hoop was not inspired, as you would think, by the Cape of Good Hope further along south. Believe it or not, it was named after a stud farm called Hope where Spanish, or Andalusian, horses were bred. The farm was eventually bought by the Cape Administration to create a conservation area. And…
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