Posts – Culture & History

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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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?

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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.

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Ode to the mighty meaty pie…

South Africa, you may have noticed, is in the middle of a roadside revolution. You’ve seen them in passing on your journeys; you may have been brave enough to stop and enter.

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A digger’s life

Whenever I drive around Barberton, the little Mpumalanga nugget that lies at the foot of the Makhonjwa Mountains, I wonder what it really was like to be a gold digger here back in the old days.

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Lay down a little something

Don’t give them money or stuff in return for their photographs, they say. It will spoil them.

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