Posts – Culture & History

The changing colours of South Africa

Summer is by far my favourite season but I do love that time in South Africa when autumn sets in.

I live in Joburg and the city is a sight to behold when she changes into her autumn garb, as leaves turn golden and rust.

The days are getting cooler, but Mother Nature can still surprise us with a lovely warm afternoon.

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When battlefields speak

Magersfontein and Isandlwana remain 2 of the most atmospheric battle sites in South Africa.

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The boys in the blockhouse

As you drive around the South African hinterland, you’ll often see strange little fort-houses with tin roofs and gun slits in the walls.

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A tour of the Kimberley Club

By now, you’d have expected the Northern Cape diamond city of Kimberley to have gone to sleep because the big mines have closed up shop.

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Become a pioneer – sleep in an oxwagon

So you’ve camped out in a tent, slept under the stars, but have you ever thought of bedding down in an old pioneer oxwagon?

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Mad about Maboneng

I started my Human Rights Day in the Maboneng Precinct with breakfast at Canteen (flapjacks with mascarpone and berries).

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Zulu basketry

Last week I was in uBombo, a village set amidst the gorgeous rolling hills of Zululand. I was staying at Overwin Lodge. Its owners, David and Dawn Irons were away, but their stand-in hosts did a wonderful job of making me feel welcome.

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Paul Geiger and Motswari

I was poking about Motswari’s website recently, impressed by the fact that this game lodge is accredited by 2 organisations – Green Globe and Fair Trade in Tourism.

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Lookout days in Plettenberg Bay

Whenever I pass this dolphin statue in the Garden Route seaside village of Plettenberg Bay, I remember a very special morning spent off these shores.

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Rasta by the sea

There’s a township called Khayalethu on the outskirts of Knysna on the Garden Route, and deep in that huge settlement is a place called Judah Square.

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