FGASA Field Guide Course

From January to March, I lived a dream. For 60 days I studied wildlife, conservation, track and sign, trailing, bird calls, animal behaviour, etc, all while living in a tent, away from reliable phone reception and internet, under the punishing African sun and nights full of stars. I awoke at 4:30 each morning, went on … Continue reading FGASA Field Guide Course

A Tale of Two Countries

As an American living abroad, I often feel I have one foot planted firmly in the United States, one firmly in South Africa. The two places that I call home are so incredibly different, nearly opposites, yet I have fallen in love with them in equal measure. Being an expat in South Africa has its … Continue reading A Tale of Two Countries

Tips for your 4×4 Botswana adventure

Are you planning a 4x4 adventure through Botswana? Keen to organise an overland trip through some of Southern Africa's most beautiful and wild parks? There are quite a few things to take in mind for a trip like this. Having recently gone through the process, I'd like to share some of my lessons and experiences! … Continue reading Tips for your 4×4 Botswana adventure

Hiking Table Mountain’s Contour Path: Rhodes Memorial to Kirstenbosch

I always feel my healthiest after a long hike. Pumping my legs up and down hills, getting the blood flowing, burning off some of the excess vacation calories, seeing the world from a different angle, simply being outside. My favourite holidays involve hiking, biking or other outdoors activities, hence the name of this website! Whenever … Continue reading Hiking Table Mountain’s Contour Path: Rhodes Memorial to Kirstenbosch

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 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: 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