Posts – Culture & History

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.

more

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.

more

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?

more

Mad about Maboneng

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

more

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.

more

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.

more

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.

more

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.

more

See you at the movies

You know that song from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, the 1 that talks about forbidden planet, androids fighting and such?

more

Down @ the Cadillac Shack

The little village of Storms River is tucked away in the Tsitsikamma Forest at the top end of the Garden Route in the Eastern Cape.

more