Category Archives: Trip Reports

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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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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Hermanus has grown up!

Hermanus has grown up!

Posted on: 28th February 2019| By: Marielle

I admit it. I’ve been guilty of not being very nice about Hermanus after its rapid overdevelopment and rampant commercialisation across the years. Memories of ‘varsity days in a once-charming seaside hamlet and all that … Well, as one of our wayward willing friends said this last weekend (of a few of us in general):…
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Overberg Adventure

Overberg Adventure

Posted on: 27th February 2019| By: Marielle

So … it was someone’s birthday, and the only way this particular individual knows how to celebrate is to embark on a wine-tasting-cum-food-exploration expedition. With a few willing friends in tow. It was a Malgas, Stanford, Hemel-en-Aarde, Hermanus style of adventure, with many stops along the way, so it comes to you as a few…
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Nyathi, buffalo … it’s all the same

Nyathi, buffalo … it’s all the same

Posted on: 9th February 2019| By: Marielle

So, I’ve been lambasted by a friend for recently straying from the travel firmament in my Posts. He even threatened to unsubscribe! Well, then, back to travel tales… I’m going buffalo-rogue. Because that’s the name of Addo’s new(ish) — and very stylish — camp, Nyathi, directly north of Addo Rest Camp in the northern part…
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