The importance of spending a week, barefoot, in South African sand

On the south east coast of South Africa, along the Elephant Coast, there is a campground called Mabibi... On the south east coast of South Africa, along the Elephant Coast, there is a campground called Mabibi. It is the ideal escape, hours from civilisation, across the semi-tropical coastline. Disclaimer: if you dislike finding sand in … Continue reading The importance of spending a week, barefoot, in South African sand

Botswana blog: days 7-9

Chobe riverfront and a day in Namibia. Savuti is known as one of Chobe's most iconic and superb wildlife viewing areas. So it was with some reluctance that we got back on the 'road' with Buh-lah-key, our trusty 4x4, to head north. I forgot to mention something in the previous post, which I will briefly … Continue reading Botswana blog: days 7-9

Botswana blog: days 5&6

Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park. After two nights in Maun and a lot of tar road driving, it was time to hit the gravel! Here's a quick recap of what we did in the first few days: Day 5: Moremi Game Reserve (Southgate Campsite) Moremi is a 2-3 hour drive from Maun, depending … Continue reading Botswana blog: days 5&6

Botswana blog: Days 1-4

The Botswana 4x4 trip has come to an end, and the end of a trip is always bittersweet. This bittersweet is further multiplied when you've spent vacation out of touch with the rest of the world. Yes, you miss your friends, family and pets; you're a bit curious about current events; you might even miss … Continue reading Botswana blog: Days 1-4

Botswana Blog: 4×4 Honeymoon 1.0

I'm sitting in a rusty camp chair, my feet propped up on the back bumper of our trusty 4x4. To my left, a pair of banded mongooses roll and wrestle across the sand; to my right, a red-billed hornbill is calling out from his perch on the branch of a jackalberry tree. The mid-afternoon sun … Continue reading Botswana Blog: 4×4 Honeymoon 1.0

Botswana blog: the itinerary

When Ricky and I first started looking at the map of Botswana, we had pipe dreams of somehow seeing everything in 17 days. There are apparently over 18.5 thousand kilometres of road in Botswana, and only a quarter of these are paved. That alone would make driving the whole country a sizeable feat (thank God … Continue reading Botswana blog: the itinerary

Safety when exploring game parks – just the girls

Recently, one of my followers asked me about exploring game parks around South Africa, as a woman. I'm very independent (just ask my husband) and have gone to Pilanesberg, Kruger and Golden Gate National Parks - to name a few - on my own in the past few years. I've also organised trips for girlfriends … Continue reading Safety when exploring game parks – just the girls

Botswana blog: the wildlife

This is part of an ongoing series. See Botswana Blog for more! T-minus four days until departure. I. Cannot. Wait. This post has a special interest to me, as wildlife is certainly the aspect of this trip I am the most excited about. I actually just came back from Pilanesberg National Park, a game reserve here in … Continue reading Botswana blog: the wildlife