For many visitors to South Africa, one of the most exciting birds to spot on safari is the ostrich. It is certainly an impressive animal; it’s the world’s largest bird, the fastest bird, and the bird with the largest eggs. Spotting a wild ostrich on safari, sprinting through a national park in a flurry of … More Ostrich farming in South Africa
The South African town of Emgwenya (previously known as Waterval Boven) is known for its stunning waterfall, the Elands River waterfall. Originally founded as a railway depot, this town is now popular for its outdoor activities and rock climbing, historical sites, and a possible hiding spot for the Kruger Millions – the mysterious lost treasure … More Visiting Emgwenya (Waterval Boven) – Outdoor Adventures and South African Historical Sites
When former South African president Paul Kruger died in 1904, he left behind something else apart from his political legacy – he left rumours of a secret, extraordinary fortune. The Kruger Millions, as they’re known, are rumoured to be a stash of gold bars and coins removed from Pretoria just before the British captured it … More The Kruger Millions – The Legend of South Africa’s Hidden Treasure
Boulders Beach is a unique wildlife spotting opportunity – it is home to a population of (very cute) African penguins, who swim and climb and waddle on the sand. This coastal habitat, a day trip away from Cape Town, is the perfect chance to get up and close with these amazing birds, and see them … More Penguin spotting at Boulders Beach, South Africa
This epic road trip through Africa, in a high-clearance 4×4, took myself and two companions six weeks to travel through seven African countries. The objective was to drive from Cape Town to Zanzibar island off the coast of Tanzania, and back again, an epic distance of more than 12,000kms (7,500 miles). It was a daunting … More Africa Overland – An Epic Road Trip from Cape Town to Zanzibar (and Back)
The second last day of our trip, Newcastle to Port Elizabeth, was an epic drive of 1100km. It took us about twelve hours, rising up through the Drakensburg mountains, past the entire country of Lesotho, and ending on the southern coast of the African continent. We’d been driving for weeks, and couldn’t wait to reach … More Wrapping up an African Road trip
Our final African border crossing was the Lebombo/Komatiepoort border from southern Mozambique into the northeast corner of South Africa. Wessel was excited to put his feet on home soil. We all were; the trip so far had been weeks of relentless driving, from dawn to dusk some days. We wanted to put our feet up with a cold drink, do our washing, have a long shower, … More Road tripping in South Africa – Mozambique to Newcastle
Everything was dark when we got up in Cape Town. The cloudy night sky was smudged with black ink. Our car was waiting in the driveway, packed and ready to go. It had been raining last night, and the clean white paint was beaded with glistening droplets of water.
I did a road trip through 7 African countries by 4×4, with two travel buddies. It was an epic adventure – after more than five weeks on the road, we’d camped in lion territory, fixed flat tyres and run out of fuel, forded rushing rivers, and drove over sand dunes. And it required a lot … More Preparing for a road trip in Africa
One rainy day in Sydney, I started thinking about my time in Southern Africa. It was the most stunning driving I had ever experienced in my life, through a continent exquisitely beautiful, dangerous at times, misunderstood by many, and utterly alluring.