Tag Archives: Birding Hotspots

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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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Chobe River Safari Elephants Swimming
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My parents never took us on ‘Safari’. They took us to the Wildtuin – our name for the Kruger National Park in my Afrikaans family- at least once a year. I remember how me, my sister and my brother would fight for the window seats. And directly afterwards which window seat … just in case the one side of the car […]

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Turbine Hotel and Spa Knysna Forest
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It is, in my opinion, kind of impossible  – especially if you’re a first language Afrikaans speaking South African like myself – to visit Knysna and not have Dalene Matthee’s novel, ‘Circles in the Forest’ come to mind. It is just one of those stories where the characters are so real and the setting so vivid, that you’ve walked beneath the ferns of the enchanted forest many […]

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The magnificent dam, full of trout and bass they say.
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My friend Milton Schorr – who regularly contributes to My blog WITH HIS EPIC STORIES – drove his motorcycle named Richard in the direction of Greyton, South Africa, and had such a moving tale to tell I had to share… Travel writing is usually about saying beautiful things about beautiful places, inspiring the reader to get out and […]

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Rocherpan CapeNature-20
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I’m not quite sure what I would single out as my main reason for considering Rocherpan Nature Reserve, about 15 km north of Veldrift on South Africa’s West Coast, as one of my favourite weekend spots in the Cape. A beach that stretches out for miles certainly plays a huge role (and we all know how […]

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Gamkaberg Nature Reserve Oukraal
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Gamkaberg Nature Reserve originates in, and penetrates to, the depths of my being. Under the custodianship of CapeNature, it reminds me that I travel not to escape life, but to not allow life to escape me. Roughly 30 kilometres south west of Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo of South Africa, isolated between the Gouritz River and the Rooiberg, the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains, the […]

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I’ve mentioned countless times that I’m smitten with South Africa’s Overberg – a region east of Cape Town on the far side of the Hottentots-Holland mountain range. Katarina Mancama and I travelled through Gansbaai – a prominent area in the Overberg – celebrating this desitination’s recent GOLD for Best Responsible Tourism Destination at the International Responsible Tourism Awards in London.  A visit to Gansbaai is […]

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You know how sometimes you can care with a devotion bordering on obsession? Well, I’ve had a crush on De Hoop Nature Reserve since the first time I saw a photograph of Koppie Alleen’s beach. The only thing that might not make this a real crush, is that it has been everything but brief. I fell head over heels in love – online – and dreamt […]

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wild sweden bird flying
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Jun-2015

Wildlife Safari in Sweden Wolves howling in the dead of night was one of the most spine-tingling sounds we’ve ever heard. We were sitting around an open fire in a dark forest, surrounded by towering trees and a canopy of stars, when the howling filled the sky. Wolves are just one of the many animals you […]

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baby leopard umlani safari africa
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Umlani Bush Camp is one of my favourite places in this beautiful country! It means “place of rest”, and that is exactly how I feel when I am there. The stress and craziness of the real world just melts away as you arrive at this little piece of paradise in the African bush. Sit down, […]

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white lion
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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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domba
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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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