Into the Okavango with SA’s NatGeo Adventurer

“I had made a terrible mistake…” wildlife biologist Steve Boyes says, describing the day when he and his research assistant were thrown off their mekoro into the waters of the Cuito river by an angry hippopotamus. When he saw a rustling in the reeds, he immediately thought they were approaching a crocodile and headed to deeper water, […]

Gunfire, ambush and the bush – time travelling in the Caprivi

Before visiting the SADC countries of Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe last year, we were told by everyone who had been there before that we’ll see thousands of elephant. We didn’t doubt them, as it is, after all, home to the largest remaining population of elephants in the world. As our luck would have it, we drove […]

Snow, stars, serenity, Sutherland

  Sutherland is what you’d call a perfect winter weekend breakaway destination in South Africa. While it may seem like a sleepy town at first glance, it offers all the iconic Karoo charm plus a few extras. Sutherland’s charm is linked directly to the weather. See, Sutherland is one of only a few places in […]

Incredible Vietnam experiences in and around the ancient city of Hoi An

If there’s one thing South Africa can learn from Vietnam, it’s to embrace and showcase its UNESCO World Heritage sites. I know we embrace and love our natural, cultural and historical heritage, don’t get me wrong. But reflecting on a trip through Vietnam, I think we can do better to promote these sites as sustainable […]

A flame-grilled road trip through the Eastern Cape

Mother Nature rules in the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast a little bit more than in any other part of SA; a fact that I’ve learnt first-hand. Time isn’t really important there. Roads aren’t either. Neither are cars. Or cellphone reception. Nor is any other basic detail that makes the modern, capitalist world function. But there is […]

Eat your heart out: A 48h foodie dream in Hanoi, Vietnam

The Uber was ‘arriving shortly’, but we were still so consumed by the packet of warm, deep-fried dumplings that I wouldn’t have minded missing it again. Standing in the daily morning drizzle, Louis and I were tucking into ‘banh goi’ – miniature rice flour pastry pillows filled with finely-chopped glass noodles, wood ear mushrooms, minced […]

Only on a South African holiday

We were booked to sail away on to a tropical island in the Indian Ocean. Idyllic. In some ways, yes. But my family is 25 people strong. And if you count everybody’s ‘extras’ – the boyfriends and girlfriends and best friends – it gets very big and very loud very quickly. We always end up […]