Tag Archives: Ancient Sites

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If you could go on just one holiday anywhere in the world, where would you go? I am most certainly bias, but South Africa is one of the world’s most beautiful and sought after travel destinations. It’s a damn fine tick off any bucketlist! With much to see and do, visitors are so spoiled for choice they often cannot […]

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People often ask me where the safest place in South Africa to venture to as a traveller is, and my answer is always the same: Fundudzi Cultural Camp – There, up there in northern Venda, where princesses reign and kings overlook valleys of history. Picture this: I’m shooting in northern Venda, Zimbabwe bordering to the north, just south of […]

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Earth and Sky The mere mention of Death Valley National Park stirs images of an inhospitable, wretched landscape of nothingness. Truth be told, there is an alluring and astounding variety of natural and cultural features at Death Valley. The curious visitor is confronted with vast sand dunes, a high mountain forest with incredible stone ruins […]

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My friends Malcolm and Kristina (from the Manda Wilderness Community Trust and Nkwichi Lodge) went to Ethiopia and I didn’t talk to them for over a month. And not because I couldn’t.  I wouldn’t. I’ve wanted to return to this magical country for years … The Effort of Going to Church A small door opened 10 metres above […]

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“Your jacket looks as if you bought if from a camel herder!”, the woman sang directly in front of me. The beat of the drum, accompanying her rattling off a rhythm, echoed the laughter around the room. “I can see your shoes are a treasured family heirloom!” More bursts of laughter followed that of the […]

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When last did you get tears in your eyes and a lump in your throat as you left a lodge after two nights? That happened to me – and at least three others I know of – on a recent trip to Namibia. When my husband and I were in our twenties, we loved nature […]

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The Cederberg is world renowned for its diverse, abundant and spectacular San rock art created by the /Xam of the Karoo. /Xam were the original hunter-gatherers, who roamed this harsh and beautiful landscape for thousands of years, and are distant relatives of the Ju/hoansi of the Kalahari. They described themselves as zhu/twasi or ‘true people’ […]

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Turning off the main road between Grootfontein and Rundu, at a road sign that indicates Tsumkwe 220 km, I was feeling rather sceptical.  We were heading for an area just west of Khaudum National Park in the remote north-eastern part of Namibia. The assurance was an authentic cultural interaction with the Ju/’hoan San people. Unfortunately, […]

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I recently visited The Global White Lion Protection Trust – a Non Profit Organisation which has spent years in establishing a protected area of nearly 5000 acres for White Lions in the heart of their natural endemic habitat. This area, once declared a sacred site by African kings, is now (unfortunately) a commercial lion trophy hunting region […]

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In the heart of traditional Venda territory, snuggled at the foot of the Luaname Mountains, just above the village of Mukumbani, lies African Ivory Route’s Fundudzi Cultural Camp. Natural forests, lakes, rivers and waterfalls boast with such fertility that there is little wonder why modern tea plantations and forestry flourish between the well populated rural villages. You will need […]

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The story goes that some years before 1936, when it was legal to hunt the indigenous hunter-gatherer people of Southern Africa, there remained only one rock painter who still knew the secrets to preparing the paint.  An old historian learned of the rock artist and – realising what was at stake – frantically began searching for him.  Finally, after many years, […]

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Mar-2015

Drinking a cool beer in the Red Herring Bar I ponder my stay at Chole Mjini, while traditional dhows with their lopsided sails gracefully pass by. Some stop and drop off a handful of tourists from the neighbouring and bigger Mafia Island to do a guided tour of Chole village others carry drinking water and […]

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